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4/1/2005 6:18:47 AM

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Whether it‘s in the boardroom, the basketball court, or a courtroom, Master P is not one to back down.
 
 The rapper-turned-entrepreneur pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of carrying an unregistered weapon.
 
 P and his brother, rapper Silkk the Shocker, were rung up on gun charges Jan. 27 after cops discovered two loaded guns hidden underneath the seats of P‘s leased Chrysler 300M during a routine traffic stop.
 
 Both men entered their plea early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. 
 
 Police eventually arrested the brothers once a quick search of the vehicle turned up two loaded guns. The rappers were booked on investigation of unlawfully carrying firearms and were subsequently transferred to the West Hollywood Sheriff‘s station, where they were taken in on the felony charges and spent three hours in custody before they were each released on $35,000 bond.
 
 Both men were formally charged for the felony crime Monday. The Miller brothers remain free on $35,000 bail and are expected in Los Angeles‘ Airport Branch Courthouse April 18 for a hearing on the matter.
 
 It‘s unlikely the 37-year-old entrepreneurial multimedia mogul will be spending much time in April sweating the charge. P has been characteristically busy with several projects lately outside of his No Limit hip-hop empire.
 
 The New Orleans native and current Los Angeles resident has been making some notable cameos on television. He recently appeared on the Nickelodeon show Romeo! with his son, Lil‘ Romeo, in addition to making a 2004 appearance on CSI: NY.
 
 The actor-producer-rapper, whose film credits include I Got the Hookup, also recently sold his latest film starring Lil‘ Romeo, the Dallas Jackson-penned Uncle P, to New Line Cinema for release this summer.
 
 P has also been flexing his muscle on the basketball court over the past few years. While his skills are formidable, he was still not quite good enough to play with the semi-pros, and was cut last year by the Denver Nuggets from their summer league team.
 
 Silkk, meanwhile, has struggled to maintain his hip-hop career over the past few years. The lesser-known Miller brother failed to match the success of his breakthrough disc, 1998‘s Charge It 2 da Game with recent releases. His latest disc, last year‘s Based on a True Story, barely registered, debuting at 88 on the Billboard 200 and quickly dropping off.
 
 Whatever problems Silkk and P have in their professional or personal lives, they clearly pale in comparison to the issues faced by a third Miller brother, C-Murder.
 
 The incarcerated rapper, who was convicted of second-degree murder in 2003, has been making headlines lately for covertly filming a music video while in jail in Louisiana.
 
 C-Murder had hoped to escape from jail a bit early, but on Tuesday his hopes were dashed when Louisiana‘s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the hip-hopster‘s appeal for a hearing before the entire panel to consider tossing his second-degree murder conviction.
 
 His attorney, Ron Rakosky told E! Online Wednesday the rapper plans to appeal the ruling to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
 
 Despite the rapper‘s fresh setback, C-Murder seems optimistic that he can still be successful in the music biz--even from behind bars. His 15-track disc, The Truest S--t I Ever Said, hit record stores last week.

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