Over the weekend, Master P and his new No Limit roster (comprised of Black & Mild, HB, J Slug and MoeRoy) rocked Atlanta for the 2016 A3C Festival. On Thursday (Oct. 6), the self-made millionaire discussed his business sense in a ballroom full of aspiring artists and those who wanted to build a career outside of the spotlight.
"People talked about how they wanted to be the best rapper," Master P shared onstage. "That's cool, but I was tryna figure out how to make more money." And he may have found his next moneymaker with the renovated No Limit. "I get to reinvent myself and be able to compete with this generation of musicmakers," the No Limit CEO later told Billboard. "[The similarities] to the old No Limit is the work. A lot of hard work."
On Sunday evening, the No Limit Boys closed out the five-day hip-hop fest with the Master P & Friends show, featuring the four young rhymers in their element. While rap fans have already begun to draw comparisons between MoeRoy and Freebandz capo Future, the former tells Billboard that the present-day No Limit can hold its own. "We have the energy," he says. J-Slug adds, "We the future. We gon' keep it going."
Beyond grooming new rap talent and working on his upcoming project Louisiana Hot Sauce (an album that nods to his New Orleans roots and is slated for release by early 2017), Master P, real name Percy Miller, continues to flex in unexpected ways. Take his contributions to Solange's chart-topping album, A Seat At the Table. He praised Beyonce's younger sister for remaining unique yet herself.
"Solange is someone I think the game is missing," Master P says. "People been talking about Beyonce, even though Beyonce is a big star but Solange been working hard too. She's been putting together her team of people and I feel like we all a part of that support team." He also thinks she sets an example for other women as well. "I think all women should chase their dreams and goals too. She's gonna be motivation for women that have been through a lot and want more out of life without being in the shadows of someone else. I think it's good for the culture and I'm glad I was a part of it."
When it comes to women chasing their dreams, there is one in particular who Master P is admittedly unsure of: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. "I'm tryna figure out if I want a woman president or Donald Trump," he says. "I'm tryna figure out where we gon' be at in 2017."
He continued to think aloud. "The thing about it is that we just had an African-American president. ... Who's gonna be running the country? Is it gon' be Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton? And can she run the country and not be ran by her feelings?" As for the candidate on the Republican ticket, Donald Trump, Master P adds, "I don't even have the words for it."
His advice for Clinton? "She gotta keep them emotions together. That's what I wanna see. Everybody already wants her to win. I want her to win, but can she hold those emotions together?
"We need one more candidate. We need three." Master P chuckled before ruling out the unfiltered rapper who has already voiced his bid for 2020. "And not Kanye West."