Master P, Ice Cream Man

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 05.22.11 in Reviews

Ice Cream Man

Master P

Hip-hop is a culture of self-invention, and there are few examples of self-made men quite as impressive as grassroots hustler Percy Miller. His career charts an alternative map of ’90s hip-hop, from the East Bay to New Orleans and every small town in between. He cornered the markets major labels ignored, eventually building a No Limit empire that didn’t rely on traditional outlets — TV, radio, magazines — for its expansion. Ice Cream Man was his first platinum record, and it ushered in the label’s golden age. Within a couple years, everyone would recognize those Pen & Pixel covers, the Beats By the Pound funk and P himself, as he parlayed his newfound American dream into straight-to-DVD stardom, a side-gig in professional wrestling and a tryout with the Hornets.