1996 began the rise of Master P.

1997 cemented him.

In September 1997, his most lauded album broke through with an Eric B. & Rakim sample for the opener, made “Brandy” by The O’Jay’s a tribute song for his fallen brother Kevin and made tanks and camo jerseys sought after hip-hop apparel. Yes, Percy Miller, hip-hop’s first $100 million dollar man who did things his own way discovered Ghetto Dope and taught America how to cook crack like it was absolutely nothing. True, Ghetto D really ushered in the era of massive “everybody eats” style features on albums as it would kick off the No Limit assembly line of pen & pixel covers, easy to spot samples and yes, Silkk The Shocker crafting hits while also following his own slightly off metronome. Not to mention, it made Mysitkal arguably the hottest free agent to sign to the Tank as his Unpredictable disc became the second most wanted No Limit LP following P’s classic.

It also made certain that Mia X became noted as one of hip-hop’s more talented emcees regardless of gender and also swept the world into a wave of saying “Ugghhh!” Hell, even I at age 8 wanted a No Limit jersey and gold tank charm just to show how much I was down for the cause. “Bourbon’s & Lacs” remains one of the best obscure samples of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and remains probably the most sonically robust album in the No Limit catalog as Beats By The Pound along with Cash Money’s Mannie Fresh painted the soundtrack to many lives below the Mason-Dixon in the late 90s.

So here’s to Master P’s Ghetto D celebrating a milestone anniversary as one of the greatest Southern rap albums to kick the door down on New Orleans gangsta rap music and one salute to the colonel of the tank.