Master P, born Percy Miller, 41, is officially announcing that he is changing his name to P. Miller to mark his change into manhood.
Master P, born Percy Miller, 41, is somewhat following in the footsteps of fellow hip-hop mogul P. Diddy, by officially announcing that he is changing his name to P. Miller to mark his change into manhood.
“I’m changing my name because Master P is who I used to be. I call it my childhood and P. Miller marks my manhood. I wouldn’t change my past because it’s groomed me to be the man I am today,” stated the New Orleans, Louisiana native. “People grow mentally and spiritually through life experiences, but when you come from hip-hop it’s almost impossible to move past the stereotypes associated with it. I’ve branched out into so many different arenas that range from being the first African-American to have a clothing line at Wal-Mart, to writing books, and speaking on Capitol Hill, but all that gets overshadowed because I come from the hip-hop industry. There’re a lot of people out there, who are afraid to grow up and change, but I’m not and P. Miller is the evolution of me, Percy Miller the entrepreneur, the business man,” Miller added.
Over the course of Master P’s career, the hip-hop star and actor has won 5 Grammys, sold more than 75 million records worldwide, as well as produced and starred in several Hollywood blockbuster films.
As a multi-business entrepreneur, Miller founded and was CEO of No Limit Entertainment which at one point in his career, Miller had created an empire that included No Limit Records and No Limit Films worth over a half of billion dollars at which time Miller was ranked 10th on Forbes magazine’s 1998 list of America’s 40 highest paid entertainers with an estimated income of $56.5 million.
Master P, now P. Miller says that he wants the world to know now that he has grown and he wants younger artists to know they too can branch out further and are not limited to one career.
“It’s important for young hip-hop artists to know that they are not limited to one career, they can educate themselves, and prepare for life after hip-hop the same way pro-athletes prepare themselves for life after sports,” Miller stated. “Also, know that you can branch out into other avenues if you are multi-talented or have other dreams. Many of us can begin new careers, take advantage of different opportunities and still remain true to hip-hop.”
Miller doesn’t seem to want to transform into anything anti hip-hop, yet instead, according to him, Miller only wants to educate the kids so they “will get it.”
Get what, you ask? Maybe, only time will tell, but here’s what Miller had to say:
“My goal is to educate the hip-hop culture now and if they don’t get it, then hopefully their kids will get it and understand. My fellow hip-hop artists should know that we can’t rap forever. I’m glad I’m in a position in my life where I don’t have to put out music because I’ve prepared myself for the future. To build the generational wealth we have to educate our families.”