Master P talks to Jalen Rose about consistency, possibly buying Reebok

This week, I lastly had my first former NBA participant as a visitor on “Renaissance Man.” Though it’s possible you’ll know Percy Miller, aka Master P, extra for his bars than his soar shot.

Within the late ’90s, he signed contracts with the Charlotte Hornets and the Toronto Raptors, however he was additionally already a longtime rapper when these groups entered the league. His monster hit, “Make Em Say Uhh!” dropped in 1997, a yr earlier than he was picked up by the North Carolina staff.

“I believe my music obtained me out of the league,” he advised me, noting that again then, the NBA was “strictly basketball.” He stated in right now’s sport, “I might be one of many high gamers within the NBA, the best way I work [since] they’re open to leisure.”

Again then, Master P was solely one among two ballers within the hip-hop sport. The opposite’s identify was Shaquille O’Neal, and he had a verse with Biggie. However Shaq was a generational expertise on the courtroom, in order that gave him extra leverage.

“In Charlotte with Bob Bass, that was the GM on the time, he advised me, ‘Man, you’re the most effective gamers I’ve ever seen, and you’re employed laborious. However once I pay attention to your music, your music is pure filth.’ That obtained me out of the league. However they didn’t have an open thoughts to it, and I can perceive. I’m in Charlotte, NC, which is a Bible Belt metropolis. If I had been in one other metropolis, [like] Portland, it in all probability woulda been all good. That motivated me. I saved shifting and saved creating issues.”

However let’s be trustworthy. He was by no means going to match right into a neat field. As an alternative, Master P checks all of them and provides extra classes. He’s like George Foreman, who has reinvented himself so many occasions, folks neglect he was a championship boxer.

Master P defies any label. He’s a music mogul, who mentored Snoop Dogg, turning him into entrepreneur. He’s a film producer, and likewise owns of traces of meals merchandise known as Uncle P’s and Rap Snacks. To me, he’s the gazillionaire model of “Lootin’ Lenny” from “Good Occasions,” who was all the time opening up his fur coat and hawking merchandise inside. This man by no means stops promoting.

Now he’s attempting to purchase Reebok with former NBA participant Baron Davis.

“I’m going after offers and greater offers, and I needed to present my tradition that that is doable for us to do. OK, we’re doing multibillion greenback offers …

“We all know how to make this cool. We all know how to make the best merchandise. We all know how to tie the best athletes into this.”

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Master P seen in 2019.
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In fact, the corporate has to agree to the deal, so we’ll see what occurs. However I had to ask, in the event that they do get Reebok, who could be the primary participant he’s going after for a shoe deal. He stated Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, whom he known as a “celebrity on and off the courtroom.” Master P is aware of Suggs is the actual deal not solely as a result of he has a improbable first identify, however he is aware of him personally as a result of he performed AAU with Master P’s 18-year-old son Hercy Miller.

As if Master P doesn’t have already got tons occurring, he has two sons, Hercy and Mercy, 15, who’re faculty basketball prospects. Master P grew up within the tasks in New Orleans, hungry for fulfillment. He realized to sink photographs at the hours of darkness. His youngsters are rising up in a totally completely different method, however he managed to instill his signature grit by telling them that they’ve to work additional laborious due to their identify. And similar to their huge brother Romeo, who performed ball at USC and can also be performer, they’re carving out their very own area of interest.

“My youngsters canines, they usually kill on the courtroom as a result of I raised them with work ethic. Folks don’t understand that consistency is an important factor in life, in order for you one thing … you need to be nice at one thing, you bought to put within the time.”

He advised me Hercy has narrowed his search down to six colleges, but when Master P had his method, his son could be committing to Vanderbilt as a result of he likes coach Jerry Stackhouse, whom he thinks could be a tricky however highly effective affect on Hercy. “However that’s going to be my son’s determination.”

I’ve recognized Master P for a very long time. I used to be even in his “I Miss My Homies” video. I’ve all the time admired that he isn’t afraid to admit when he doesn’t know one thing. Whereas within the midst of this Reebok negotiation, he stated he’s attempting to educate himself on monetary markets, banking and preliminary public choices. And he needs to put assets again into the black neighborhood. He’s so devoted to his hometown, I questioned what he’d identify a Main League Baseball staff if he may deliver one to New Orleans. He’d name them the “Rebels.” He stated his greatest pandemic buy was a house fitness center and that “Make Em Say Uhh!” is his favourite track “as a result of it simply don’t go away.”

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Master P performs final yr.
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Throughout this episode, we coated a lot that I forgot to deliver up a debt that he owes me. Again within the day, there have been a bunch of us ball gamers who would go to UCLA and play within the offseason. Guys like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and even Magic Johnson would present up to play. Someday, Master P and I obtained right into a capturing contest, and the winner would take $20,000 off the loser.

My scouting report is that Master P was an excellent combo guard. He may shoot the open shot, however I nonetheless received. And he by no means paid. He as soon as advised me he’d compensate me in product, and now that I see all the stuff he’s promoting, I’m going to hit him up now. It’s time to pay up, Master P!

Detroit native Jalen Rose is a member of the College of Michigan’s iconoclastic Fab 5, who shook up the faculty hoops world within the early ’90s. He performed 13 seasons within the NBA, earlier than transitioning right into a media persona. Rose is at present an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up,” and co-host of “Jalen & Jacoby.” He govt produced “The Fab 5” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” collection, is the writer of the best-selling ebook “Bought To Give the Folks What They Need,” a vogue tastemaker, and co-founded the Jalen Rose Management Academy, a public constitution faculty in his hometown.