Two weeks ago, I listened to the impressive project by New York native Dave East titled Kairi Chanel. My favorite track on the project is SDE (Sports, Drugs, Entertainment) featuring the legendary Camron. This track paid homage to Master P and Camron, who both injected themselves into the fabric of the SDE movement.
Master P was a godsend for the hip hop culture, ultimately becoming a mogul in music. The south wouldn’t have the hammer on the rap game as they have now without the leadership and vision of Master P. P also went to star in the hit movie I Got The Hook Up. The final chapter in Master P’s quest to conquer the class of SDE was to play in the NBA.
Following the 1998-99 lockout, Master P tested the waters by trying out of the Charlotte Hornets. Per Complex.com, “At the time he was a 31-year-old rapper worth $361 million with little basketball experience attempting to make an NBA roster.” Master P was the most recognizable force in basketball due to the fact that MJ was recently retired from the game of basketball.
“THE GM, BOB BASS, CALLED ME IN AND SAID, ‘YOU CAN PLAY. YOU ARE A HELLUVA BASKETBALL PLAYER, BUT YOUR MUSIC IS PURE FILTH AND IT’S A BIBLE BELT CITY.’ AND THEY LET ME GO.”
Today we honor Master P and his impact on the basketball culture. A true legend who we all owe a bit of gratitude towards.