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August 6, 2008: "Master P Honored With A Key To The City Of Memphis"
Music mogul and former rapper Master P has been given a key to the city of Memphis, as recognition for his philanthropic efforts and works in the community on Saturday.
Real name Percy Miller, the CEO and founder of P. Miller Enterprises was honored by Mayor Willie Herenton during the inaugural of Let The Kids Grow Day at the Mud Island Amphitheater.
The Mayor said in a statement, "No other rapper or entertainer is as committed to the community as Master P and I am proud of him. Master P changed his life and took the negativity out of his music but stayed true to the hood."
Miller and rapper son Romeo have taken part in the program. They were also active in the community's other functions such as The Children's Earth Day Festival and Food on Foot New Orleans.
Miller says, "My mission is to give inner city kids a jump on education and the best possible start. I want those kids and my own kids to be better than me. I've been luckier than most to have a second chance at life. We train our kids to be good athletes, why can't we train our kids to be good students?"
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Birth name: Percy Robert Miller.
Also known as: P, No Limit Kings Godfahter.
Born: April 29, 1967 New Orleans, Louisiana, Richmond, California, USA.
Master P biography (bio):
Percy Robert Miller is better known as Master P is an entrepreneur, businessman, marketer, and rap artist. He is the founder and CEO of No Limit Enterprises, an entertainment and financial conglomerate. Fortune magazine listed Master P as one of the wealthiest men under the age of 40 in North America, with a net worth of $361 million in 1999.
Born Percy Robert Miller in New Orleans, in 1967, the oldest of five children, Master P grew up in a housing project then called the Calliope Apartments in New Orleans Third Ward. When interviewed by NBC, Master P stated that he had to sell marijuana and crack cocaine in the projects. Though he shuttled back and forth between New Orleans and California, the teenaged Percy settled in New Orleans, attended Booker T. Washington and Warren Easton high schools, and played basketball at both schools. Master P also attended Richmond High school in Richmond, CA. After the death of his brother, Kevin, and with some junior college business courses to his credit, Master P moved to Richmond, CA and opened a small record store, No Limit Records, financing the store with $10,000 that he received as part of a medical malpractice settlement related to the death of his grandfather.
After gaining first hand knowledge of the music industry as a retailer, Master P embarked on his dream to become an entertainer, as well as owning his own record company. No Limit Records, the retail store, became No Limit, the record company. In 1994, he self-produced his first album, The Ghetto's Tryin' to Kill Me, and sold it out of the trunk of his car in neighborhoods in and around Oakland and also in New Orleans. The Chicago Tribune quoted Master P telling an audience of fledgling entrepreneurs at a music business workshop, "Start in your neighborhood and sell your records. Once you start making a buzz, they'll come looking for you. If you can't sell records at home, you cant sell them nowhere."
After selling records, he decided to sign his company, No Limit, to a straight pressing and distribution deal with Priority Records. "In order for me to stay true to myself and my company, I had to maintain complete creative control," says P. When the deal was solidified with Priority in 1995, No Limit Records released TRU (made up of Master P and his brothers, Silkk the Shocker and C-Murder).
In early 1997 Master P released TRU's latest project, "TRU 2 DA Game", which debuted at number two on the R&B chart, number one on the Rap chart and number eight on the Top 200. Within one week of its release, "TRU 2 DA Game' was RLAA certified Gold and is now double Platinum.
His first feature film, 'I'm Bout It', a straight to video project that he financed, wrote, directed and produced, and acted in, debuted number one on Billboard's Top Music Video chart and has attained a multi-platinum selling status. The film is allegedly based loosely on his life growing up in New Orleans. The soundtrack, also a Platinum seller, made history. According to Billboard magazine, 'never before had a soundtrack charted unless it was accompanied by a theatrical film release.' The soundtrack debuted number one on Billboard's R&B album chart and number four on Billboard's Top 200.
Master P is married to Sonya C. Miller with seven children including Lil Romeo and Young V.