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4/27/2004 3:44:32 PM

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There's his new three-disc CD, "Good Side/Bad Side," (it includes a full-length feature DVD, too) that went gold its first week out. There's his recent stint as captain and starting swingman with the Las Vegas Rattlers of the ABA, "Romeo," his Nickelodeon TV show with his son Lil' Romeo and a few upcoming movies.

The rapper, producer, actor, athlete, and entrepreneur also did his best to squash those recent rumors about his financial instability that started spreading once he pulled the plug on his No Limits record label. No need to worry or hate. It appears that Lil' Romeo's pop has enough bank to keep himself in platinum caps for a long, long time.

1. How long did you work on your new CD, and what's it all about?

Master P: I've been working on the new CD for about a year and it's about real life, it's about reality, it's about everything people in the community are going through right now. It's about me. I think everybody has a good and bad side. If I can go through what I've been through and do a television show with my son and then be a boy from the hood making records for the people I make records for, that's reality.

The thing about this album is that some records right now are like going to buy fast food. This is like getting some home-cooked food from your moms. I've got songs on here that are going to really speak to you. This here is going back to being real and not just being hard-core without a message. There are a lot of other songs out there that just have a hook.

2. A lot of other rappers have been critical of what's going on in rap and hip hop. (They're) saying that the music no longer has a message. What's more important to you, the message or the beat?

I think my thing is I grew up in the ghetto, and I was able to get a second chance. That's what I'm trying to tell kids. You can come from the hood, you can be street, but you have to educate yourself. You've got to make a better reality if you want to be a rapper. Most of the kids in hip hop right now have kids. Like me being young and having a child at a young age means that I'm growing up with my son now. I'm still trying to teach him, and I'm still learning at the same time.

When I represent, I represent hoods all across the world: Chicago, Texas, New Orleans, L.A. and New York. I want to make music for everybody because we're all going through this. I have a brother who is locked up in prison right now who has made millions of dollars. I'm trying to open those doors to show kids you have to get focused. The music has to go back to being focused. That's what TuPac was good for, having lyrics that everybody can relate to. It's not just about the beat and stuff that people can party to all the time. I'm going to give them that party music. I've sold 75 million records and still was able to keep it real on the streets because I have nothing to hide.

Are you at all concerned about the negative perception some people have of rap and hip hop artists?

You know, I'm really not concerned at all. I think rap and hip hop is just like rock n' roll and R&B. I think you've got good people and bad people in everything you do. If you start making a big deal of it, then it's a problem. It's like in life. We've got bad doctors and lawyers. We've got bad priests! We don't target every priest and say he's bad. You have to go to church and you have to go see some doctors. Some people have to be good.

3. How do you balance being your son's co-star and father?

You know how I'm able to balance? I come from the ghetto and we've never had nothing. Everybody where I come from always wanted to do better and make sure their kids had a better life. That's all I'm doing. It's really fun because when you have your family with you, the love rules out. You're not running out on each other or conniving against each other or trying to be better than each other.

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