To a skeptic, Master P’s upcoming biopic King Of The South may appear to too closely follow the success of Straight Outta Compton. With No Limit built upon much of the Ruthless model, and TRU following N.W.A., one could argue that the New Orleans, Louisiana rapper/mogul/actor is simply pulling a “Mr. Me Too.”
Upon P’s second Breakfast Club interview in 2015, skeptics will be likely muffled. In a 40-minute conversation, Master P reveals some gems from his story that may be new to even No Limit die-hard Heads. Moreover, the N’awlins O.G. details the film’s eight-figure production budget and potential director, and it appears clear that this will not be a straight-to-home video release like some of those famed ’90s No Limit VHS works.
In a conversation with Angela Yee, DJ Envy, and Charlamagne Tha God, Percy Miller recounts a near-death experience from his life that, on film, will reportedly star the 105.1 FM/MTV personality.
Discussing the film in further detail, he says, “I feel like I taught the [Hip-Hop] game how to be a businessman.” The “those people” refers to Eazy-E, Ruthless President Jerry Heller, and Priority Records founder Bryan Turner. “I dealt with all those people, but I dealt with them a different way.” Miller touts that the film has a $10 million budget, and former rapper-turned-executive Romeo will executive produce. Unknown to many, Romeo attended University of Southern California Film School.
Moving back to Straight Outta Compton, Master P says the one thing that bothered him was a softer, more submissive portrayal of N.W.A. leader Eazy-E. “I knew Eazy-E. Eazy-E was a street guy,” said P, who later used the same distributor in Priority. “I didn’t like the way the Eazy-E character was portrayed.” However, Master P clarified that he is not out to detract from Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Tomica Woods-Wright’s film. “It’s a great movie.”
In this early discussion, Master P points out that in the mid-1990s, he opened for Tupac and Spice-1 on tour. “My movie gonna be for real.” Pointing one dramatic point, P said with $500 “in his pocket,” he turned down million dollars from Jimmy Iovine to sign with Interscope Records. Against brother C-Murder’s wishes, Master P waited for the stronger independent play.