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- January 28, 2008
- Vol. 69
- No. 3
Master P & His Son Romeo
Determined to Help Their Hometown of New Orleans, the Rapper and the College-Bound Teen Star Make Charity—and Education—A Family Tradition
ROMEO COMMITTED TO PLAY BASKETBALL AT USC NEXT FALL. DAD, WHAT MOVES DID YOU TEACH HIM?
MASTER P: Basketball started off as a competition thing. We started playing ball against each other.
ROMEO: Yeah, I won all the time. [Laughs]
MP: At first I used to beat him all the time, you know what I'm sayin'? I made him into who he is right now. I taught him everything!
R: I think I taught myself the quickness.
MP: I used to be quick, but now I'm getting older....
WAS COLLEGE ALWAYS THE PLAN?
MP: I made one C in high school and I got my butt whooped. I'm like, "Dad, we live in the projects, man. A 'C' is good!" But he was like, "You're gonna be better than me." And that's the same thing I feel for Romeo. You can't come into my house and not go to college.
R: They really accepted me at USC as an athlete too. My coaches told me that [picking a college] and getting married are the two hardest decisions.
MP: And that other [decision] won't come no time soon! Let's get out of college first!
WILL IT BE TOUGH TO ADJUST TO COLLEGE LIFE?
R: My dad raised me really well. I just go with the flow. I'm probably going to study film and business.
MP: I call him Superbaby. He can do everything. But when he gets to college, he's going to have to be regular like everybody else.
YOU RECENTLY WORKED ON DESERT BAYOU, A DOCUMENTARY ON HURRICANE KATRINA. HOW DID KATRINA AFFECT YOU?
MP: It taught me to be appreciative. When you're out there searching for your family, no one cares if you're Master P or Romeo. You feel helpless. We got vans and took people to apartments, paid their first month and last month's rent, and gave them money to get started.
R: Katrina really hit me. That was my hometown. It was like a nightmare you can't wake up from. We brought basketball goals and toys there, and we bought diapers for the parents.
MP: I was really proud of him. Don't talk about it, go do it! That's the greatest feeling a father could know.
AND YOU'RE SETTING UP A KIDS CENTER.
MP: We're building the P. Miller Youth Center now. It's the old fire station in New Orleans. It'll have a boxing facility, a basketball court, a dance studio and a library ... because when we started picking up books, it took our lives to the next level.
R: So before they enter, we'll be like, "You must read this book—"
MP: "—Or you can't come in!"
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF DAD ON DANCING WITH THE STARS?
R: Amazing. It was an amazing dance, Dad. Wink, wink.
MP: I was the best dancer on that show! People were telling me, "My grandmother is in love with you!"
R: I was actually supposed to be on the show, but I hurt myself playing basketball. My dad only trained for one day and he took up for me.
MP: I'll do anything for my kids. Superbaby hurt his leg and Superman came in!
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