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Another of Master P's early albums released in association with In-a-Minute Records, Mama's Bad Boy documents the Richmond, CA, era, before No Limit moved its operations to New Orleans. The album is billed to Master P and the Real Untouchables, a collective that evidently featured Calli G, Markest Bank, Daniel Fry, Silk (i.e., Silkk the Shocker), Sonya C, King George, C-Murder, Fonzo, and Big Ed. Many of these rappers would fall off the No Limit bandwagon in time, as eventually did all non-sibling members of the collective. Hardcore fans of No Limit will find this short-lived — and little-documented — lineup to be curiously different from the down-South roster. These are West Coast rappers, Master P included, and Mama's Bad Boy is clearly inspired by the California gangsta rap of the time, chiefly N.W.A. "I'm Going Big Time" and "Trust No Body" were released as singles.


Born: 29 April 1969 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Master P created a hip-hop empire without registering on any mainstream radar. For several years, he operated solely in the rap underground, eventually surfacing in the mid-'90s as a recording artist and producer who knew exactly what his audience wanted. And what they wanted was gangsta rap. With his independent label No Limit, Master P gave them gangsta rap at its most basic -- violent, vulgar lyrics, hard-edged beats, whiny synthesizers, and blunted bass. He wasn't a great rapper, nor was anyone...
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