In his upcoming documentary ‘Paper Chasers’, set to debut in May at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, filmmaker Maxie Collier profiles the business sense and sensibilities of hip-hop’s leading entrepreneurs, including Master P and Damon Dash, as well as recent rappers turned label-heads Ludacris and Fat Joe. “They’re shaping contemporary business principles,” Collier tells RollingStone.com. “Things like street teams are tactics utilized in the hip-hop community that are essentially guerilla marketing tactics that work. Big companies are paying huge marketing fees to urban companies to help them understand these techniques.”
Amongst the rap acts appearing on talk television this week are Cam’ron and the Diplomats, who appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, while Fabolous makes an appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly on Thursday, and Master P and the 504 Boyz stop by the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on Friday.
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There is an upcoming movie titled ‘Hollywood Homicide’, which has parallels to the theory that Suge Knight was involved in the murder of Tupac Shakur. Cast credits include Harrison Ford, Josh Harnett, Master P, and Kurupt. A plot summary at hitemup.com has since been removed.
AllHipHop.com reports Antwan Kevin Baker, 32, pleaded guilty yesterday (March 7) to stalking No Limit mogul Master P. Baker was sentenced to one year in the county jail and ordered to stay away from Master P for the next ten years.
AllHipHop.com sat down with Choppa to talk about his debut album ‘Straight From The N.O.’ and working with Master P. “He’s a businessman, you know what I’m saying,” Choppa says of Master P. “He believed in me, so he gave me my shot. He came down there and recruited me, told me everything he wanted to do with me, with the movies and things, and everything’s he’s been telling me has been coming true. So, I thank him for believing in me and putting me out here like this.”
MTV.com reports that Christina Aguilera will assist Carson Daly in hosting this year’s Mardi Gras celebration on Bourbon Street. Special guest performances will feature Master P and Lil’ Romeo, as well as Method Man and Redman.
Star magazine reports Lil’ Romeo was lectured about saving his money by a woman who saw him shopping at Saks in Beverly Hills all decked out in diamonds. The 13-year-old rapper responded, “Hey, I have $7 million in the bank, and my dad Master P has $900 million – look him up in Forbes.”
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In a recent interview with Adam Bernard of Hip-Hop and Soul Online, Yukmouth of The Luniz ripped into Master P, saying “The only thing I respect about this ni**a is his money, he’s a biter, his sh** is wack as fu**. Everything he do is a copy.” Read the full interview here.
Rick De Yampert reviewed the Smilez and Southstar album ‘Crash the Party’, giving it 3 out of 5 stars. He writes, “Just as Jay-Z earned points for brazenly sampling a song from Broadway’s ‘Annie,’ Smilez and Southstar get props for occasionally inverting, and subverting, rap’s incessant macho postures, even if one gets the idea such a ploy isn’t any part of a master plan. And who ultimately is more unnerving: A guy who threatens to bust a cap in your buttocks (the standard rap-thug approach)?”
BET.com caught up with Master P and asked the rap mogul what he still worries about. “The thing that you always have to worry about is protecting yourself,” he answered. “I think before the rap game and before the money and the fame you still had to worry about that, just the ordinary Joe Blow running up to you trying to jack you for your ride. Now it’s the police pulling you over for mistaken identity if you got a tight whip. Ain’t nothing changes, you still have to learn how to live. You got to learn how to live with money, though.”