Many people may not know it, but Master P mentored Nipsey Hussle when the late Los Angeles rapper was trying to take his career to the next level.
Master P, born Percy Miller, sits down for this weekend’s episode of TV One’s autobiographical series Uncensored. The rapper and entrepreneur reflects on his life, career, family and offering Nipsey advice.
“My relationship with Nipsey Hussle was 100. He really believed in my movement and he wanted to learn from me,” Master P says. “I read over Nipsey’s contract he had with Atlantic Records, and I told him it wasn’t a good contract.”
The New Orleans native recalled Nipsey saying he really needed the contract after years of struggling.
“He told me, ‘big dog’ I respect that, but this is something I have to do because I’ve put all these records out that didn’t go nowhere.’ Nipsey doesn’t even know how famous he is because he was always fighting the system. When he died, everybody jumped on him and that’s the part that’s crazy to me. He blew up so big when he died, but he was always telling me he couldn’t believe his music was so good, but he wasn’t doing the numbers. The last project that he had, he probably sold like 50,000 to 100 [thousand]. When he died, he sold three million.”
Nipsey was fatally shot outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles on March 31, 2019. Prosecutors said Eric Holder, a local man who was an associate of Hustle, killed the rapper after a verbal dispute. Holder is expected to go on trial this year after multiple delays.
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Master P noted in his TV One interview that Nipsey was trying to “build his clothing company up and then put money back into the ‘hood.”
But he cautioned, “You gotta be able to protect yourself, that same ‘hood will kill you.”
Uncensored: Master P airs on Sunday, March 20 at 10 PM ET/9C on TV One, immediately after Unsung: Thelma Houston at 9 p.m. ET/8C.
Uncensored is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, Jay Allen and Nikki Byles (Executive Producers) of Swirl Films.
Airdates for upcoming episodes of the series are detailed below:
Taye Diggs (March 27)
Salli Richardson-Whitfield (April 3)
Cee-Lo (April 10)
Erica Campbell (April 17)
Trina (April 24)