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Hornets Cut Rapper Master P

February 1, 1999

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ The millionaire rapper who thought he had enough of a game to start a second career in the NBA has been waived by the Charlotte Hornets.

Master P, also known as Percy Miller, was one of two players waived Monday by the Hornets. The team also waived guard Melvin Watson, a rookie from South Carolina.

Miller felt that if Los Angeles Lakers’ star Shaquille O’Neal could play basketball and rap, he could rap and play basketball. But he averaged just one point and one assist in Charlotte’s two preseason losses to the Atlanta Hawks.

An all-state performer in Louisiana, Miller’s collegiate career at Houston was brief.

Until recently, he was with the CBA’s Fort Wayne Fury. He was invited to the Hornets’ camp after Tyree Davis, father of Hornets rookie Ricky Davis, talked to Charlotte general manager Bob Bass and the coaches.

Despite being waived, Miller won’t lack for a source of income.

He started his own record company, No Limit, and has turned it into a multifaceted, music-production sports agency business, grossing $56 million in 1998.

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