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Getting real with Master P: ReelzChannel series goes behind the scenes with hip-hop family

The cast of “Master P’s Family Empire.” (Courtesy of ReelzChannel)

The cast of “Master P’s Family Empire.” (Courtesy of ReelzChannel)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Master P has worked hard to achieve his success.

While there are naysayers, the musician and entrepreneur has opened up his life for the reality series “Master P’s Family Empire.”

The series airs on Albuquerque-based ReelzChannel. The next episode will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Master P, born Percy Miller, filmed a bit of his show at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta last October.

“It’s been fun to let people see what my life is like,” he says. “Not only am I a musician, but I’m a father and businessman. There are so many decisions being made, it’s crazy.”

Miller rose to fame in the late 1990s with his hip-hop group, Tru, as well as his solo career.

He is a single father who made it his mission to forge the Miller family empire – but with five kids ranging in age from 10 to 26, it’s not always easy keeping his business interests in order, let alone keeping his kids on track.

And each one of his children is in a different area of entertainment, such as singing, modeling, acting and sports careers.

The series gives an inside look at how this Miller skillfully juggles his roles as entrepreneur, philanthropist and hip-hop artist with his most important role: being a dad.

“I’ve taught my children that nothing comes easy,” he says. “Because I’m their father, it also makes it a little more difficult for them. People assume that they are spoiled and get everything. They have all worked for what they have.”

Miller is no stranger to working hard.

Growing up in the Calliope Projects of New Orleans – once labeled one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the nation – he worked on his music career, eventually selling more than 75 million records.

He is also working on new music in addition to all of his other ventures.

“The music industry has changed so much,” he says. “I used to put out an album’s worth of music. Today, it’s all about the next single. That’s a tough thing to switch to when you created these bodies of work that went well together. A single seems like it’s shortsighted.”

Miller also wanted to go into a partnership with ReelzChannel because the network allowed him to show exactly what his family is like.

“We never know what’s going to happen,” he says. “The camera catches it all. There’s really no reality show capturing exactly how normal a hip-hop family is. Being with Reelz has allowed us to have a show that is about family.”

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