The Stories Behind Master P’s 10 Best Songs

“Mr. Ice Cream Man”
Album: Mr. Ice Cream Man (1996)

Master P: That record is about getting your hustle on. Turning nothing into something. Taking 15 cents and turning it into a dollar. We talk about the whole Ice Cream Man era. It’s just that hustle man mentality. You know, the Ice Cream Man always came in my neighborhood. He had ice cream. He made his little money and everyone loved him. I kind of patterned that song after that. Being able to be a hustler but also being able to be loved by the people in the community that’s buying your product.

My thing was to always give back at the same time. That’s what that mentality was. To be able to get my hustle on and still be able to give back to the kids and do my part in the ghetto. I used my music to do that. That’s what “Ice Cream Man” came at. Even the Ice Cream Man. He flossy. He has the nice cars. He got the women. When they see that white, they know. Okay, it’s [the] Ice Cream Man in town.

I liked what Silkk [The Shocker] did to the record too. To me, music is like a feeling. People don’t realize with me. I gotta feel a beat. Once I feel a beat, during that era and that time, I feel nobody had the sound that we had. That’s what made the music, ’cause if you look at it, a lot of South rappers were making slow music. East Coast, they was making they sound. The West Coast, they was making they sound. I thought that in our time we made music that it was fun. You could dance to it. You could go and get buck to it. You could get rowdy. I wanted to make that kind of music that give you that type of reaction that, whatever mood you feeling, you can still get down with the music. Even though it was street, it crossed over. It went from urban to Whites to Chinese to Latinos. No barriers. I think when you make a big record that’s what it does.

I think [the song] definitely got a double meaning to it. I think that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted people on the streets to want to relate to it. I want people that were in Corporate America that can relate to it. People in school. You know, anybody trying to double up or feel like they got that flavor to take their game to the next level. Everything that I do have a double meaning. They got a street appeal to it, but it’s still a regular person that is living life that can relate to it, too.

“Make ‘Em Say Uhh!” featuring Fiend, Silkk The Shocker, Mia X and Mystikal
Album: Ghetto D (1997)

Master P: It did for me just what I needed to do for right now. That record is still relevant. That’s why we calling the energy drink company Make ‘Em Say Uhh! energy drink because we able to tap into that market to where that record was just so much energy. From beginning to end, that what it was about. I started this whole soldier, military-minded type of music. When people see No Limit, they see the camouflage. They knew that’s us—even today. If somebody wear camouflage, they gonna automatic relate it to No Limit. That’s so they know that’s where that brand comes from. When you in the military, I kind of pattern that song to a drill sergeant, waking everybody up. Even to this day, it hits Whites, Blacks, Chinese, Asians, Latinos. This record just hit everybody. When it came on the radio, people got up. They ready to dance. It was phenomenal for what it did. That record keeps me going right now. I could go anywhere. Any kid, they parent, whoever. They gonna sing that record cause it is timeless. That record did what it need to do, like I say, to this day. We able to brand the energy drink company, Make ‘Em Say Uhh!, behind that record. It’s incredible.

“Ghetto D” featuring Silkk The Shocker, C-Murder
Album: Ghetto D (1997)

Master P: It was real because at the same time, this was the stuff that was getting hustlers caught up on the streets. They think they know where they going, but this the stuff that they trying to figure out. Why he go to jail? Oh, he talking on the phone. You doing this by your baby momma. They gonna come check her. I kind of looked at all the mistakes I made, what I’ve been through and kind of givin’ them the game. And if you do make it, clean your dirty money into good money if you really want to get out. This ain’t gonna survive. You not gonna survive doing this. This like a temporary thing. Even though you out there hustling and you making this Ghetto D and all this stuff. But, you gotta realize, if you don’t change your mentality, this gonna be the end for you. That’s what I wanted to give off in that record.