, aka Master P, drew hundreds of fans to a Metairie record store in December for the release of his
new CD, Gameface.The rapper owns No Limit Records, and has sold tens of millions of records.
is one of the wealthiest entertainers in America, but he
left a trail of debt in Baton Rouge
The man, born Percy Miller
, arrives almost two hours late, entering through a back door and peering over rows of CDs at adoring fans.As Miller
12-year-old son, recording artist Lil' Romeo, come into full view, fans cheer.Some grunt Master P's signature, "uuunnnhhh."
Once the Millers reach a makeshift platform, young mothers bring up their toddlers to pose for pictures.Other children get talking Master P dolls as an early Christmas present.Teenage fans press forward with CDs, publicity photos and posters for a coveted Master P autograph before security bouncers usher them away.
The Metairie appearance reaffirms the 31-year-old boss of No Limit Records as a titan in the rap world.
Several business owners are fighting Miller
companies in court for payment on debts dating back several years to the days when Master P came to Baton Rouge as a cause célèbre and stirred up the Country Club of Louisiana crowd.
Next month, the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff is scheduled to put three Master P properties on the auction block to settle an unpaid court judgment worth six figures.
The properties include a half-finished recording studio near Airline Highway and Interstate 12 and two small apartment buildings.The 33,000-square-foot studio was to be the crown jewel of the rapper's Baton Rouge business interests.Now, it may slip from his
grasp because of an allegedly unpaid bill of $190,000.All this despite Miller's
estimated net worth of $249 million by Forbes magazine
People are asking, if Miller
has all this money, why doesn't he
pay all his
The rumors arrived in Baton Rouge before Percy Miller
did.A rapper of filthy lyrics dropped a cool million in cash for a home in Country Club of Louisiana
, some of the gated community's residents had heard.So, here come a bunch of wild parties, drugs and drive-bys. Miller
, a master at knowing his
audience, arranged an unusual meeting in 1997 around the time he
arrived in town along with his
posse of friends and relatives.He
wanted to meet the sheriff.
State Sen.Melvin "Kip" Holden, whom Miller
hired as a local attorney at the time, did the introductions.
also asked how he
might help in the community, inquiring about which charities needed money.
Litchfield discouraged Miller
from merely throwing around cash.
The sheriff suggested Miller
get involved in the community and use his
charm and charisma to steer inner-city youth in the right direction.
Brown said he
made a tacit promise to officials that day to be a straight-shooting resident and local businessman.
Soon after Miller
arrived, local business people started reaping handsome profits thanks to No Limit's abundant cash flow.
chose the gated Country Club of Louisiana.There was no real second choice.The exclusive neighborhood offered privacy, security and the luxury Miller
family could now easily afford.
didn't know Baton Rouge, Baton Rougeans understood him even less."The Baton Rouge community didn't understand that he
was a mega-superstar," Ward said.
Ward said he
has not spoken to Miller
in more than six months.
...The music business is extremely profitable for Miller, in part because he is the outright owner of No Limit, which means he doesn't have to share profits with a major label or parent company.
arrived in Baton Rouge, Miller
had an estimated income of $50 million in one year alone.More recently, Forbes magazine
net worth at $249 million.
And Miller and Co.
were not stingy. Miller
paid cash for his
brother Corey, known as C-Murder, once tipped a pair of delivery men $200 each for dropping off some rugs. Miller
also spent large sums improving and decorating his
hired local interior decorator Cindy Maughan, whose husband, Roy, is Miller's attorney. Miller
installed imported European chandeliers, gold ceilings and marble floors.There were remote-controlled curtains, a home entertainment center stacked with security monitors, and another set of monitors in the bedroom.
There was a fully functional recording studio, an elevator to get to it, and a bedroom suite that boasted a large saltwater aquarium, a gold and jewel encrusted bed, and a master bath with gold faucets.
family and associates bought some 50 luxury automobiles from several area car dealerships during their time here, local car dealers said.One year, No Limit
gave 10 brand new Chevrolet Camaros at $20,000 each as bonuses to employees.
There were Country Club of Louisiana homes for Master P's brothers, rappers C-Murder (Corey Miller) and Silkk the Shocker (Vyshonne Miller).