Master P: It's Time For Change

Rapper-entrepreneur Master P released an open letter in response to

comments made by Curtis Jackson at a recent BET press conference.


Curtis Jackson’s comment motivated me. There are a lot of immature

people in the world. Oprah Winfrey is absolutely right, we need to

grow up and be responsible for our own actions. I paid for Curtis’s

first rap tour through the south. He was such a humble guy at the

time. Most artists’ mission is to sell records. My mission is to help

save and change lives. There’s a lack of knowledge and false

information out there. I could actually say Little Jay and Rap-A-Lot

Records inspired my successful career and I will always respect them

no matter what. I wrote the blueprint for this generation. The only

difference is there’s no more honor and respect in the game.

Think about it: people in jail are not writing letters

proclaiming to come out and do the same thing that landed them there

in the first place. People in the hood don’t want to stay poor for

the rest of their lives. They want to change. Parents that really

love their kids would rather sacrifice their own lives so that their

kids could make a change to have a better life and a better

education. I’m glad that there are people like Al Sharpton, Jesse

Jackson and organizations like the NAACP that are out there fighting

for our rights and dignity. I have finally realized that EVERY person

is either a part of the problem or part of the solution and that is

why I have decided to take a stand! I’m reaching out to corporate

America to form an alliance for the sake of putting the value back

into our communities by rebuilding and developing schools and


First of all, it’s simply disappointing to see people

that are in a position to help make a change just sit back and

entertain the negativity. It’s sad to see Steven Hill set all of

these programming standards at BET, just to contradict himself for

the sake of marketing dollars or artist performances in order to

create the appearance of a successful award show. The record company

with the biggest marketing check controls the music vidstations so

we need to go after the people who actually control these programming

networks if we want real CHANGE.

I guess by taking a stand, my son and I will probably not be invited

back to the BET Awards. But it’s O.K. I got love for BET; there are a

lot of good people there. Hopefully, this will help people to see the

real changes that need to be made. My son and I will sacrifice our

airtime because this is bigger than us, this issue desperately needed

to be addressed a long time ago.

There are four things that differentiate me from artists

like Curtis Jackson.

One, I can honestly admit that I was once part

of the problem.

Two, I don’t want my son to grow up and be like me. I

want him to be better and do better - and that is why he is taking

the time to pursue a college degree.

Three, money don’t make me, I

make money. My goal is to educate our people in building generational

wealth and knowing how important it is to own real estate.

Four, I’m a TRUE entrepreneur; my boss is God not Jimmy Iovine. From one

brother to another, if you misunderstand my purpose you could always

pick up the phone or talk to me in person. I’m trying to be part of

the solution not the problem. The media thrives on entertaining,

especially the negativity no matter what the cost. I’m praying for

the brothers that are lost out there.

Throughout the years, I have lost so many relatives and

friends. This year, I’d like to focus on the comedy movies because we

need to laugh more. The first movie that I’m producing is “Black

Supaman” and thereafter will be “The Mail Man” starring Tony Cox and

myself. I’m setting up a book tour for “Guaranteed Success” and a Hip

Hop Business class with financial expert Curtis Oakes for those

seeking knowledge. I understand that I can’t change the whole Hip Hop

industry; I’m only trying to do my part. If you’re real, be a part of

the positive movement with Take A Stand Look for the

first single “I Wanna Be Like You” from the album “Hip Hop History.”

I’m in negotiations with Wal-Mart and Target for direct distribution.

Those are all examples of the positive difference I am trying to make

in this industry.

I’m reaching out to my friends Shaquille O’Neal, Will Smith, Russell

Simmons, Queen Latifah, Derek Anderson, Charles Barkley, Emmitt

Smith, Beyonce, and Reverend Run to help contribute to this positive

movement. I will also be holding a press conference with the

president NAACP and will be able to answer any questions at that time.

I am not asking any other hip-hop or gangsta rap artist change what

they do; that’s how they make their money. Furthermore, I am not a

preacher; I’m just telling the world what I’m doing and the changes

that I am making because it’s something I want to do. If that’s

sending mixed signals to people then they need to deal with their own

conscience first.

P. Miller


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