Best Songs: "Soldiers, Riders & G's," "War Wounds," "Thinkin Bout U," "Hot Boys & Girls," "Streets Keep Me Rollin"
In 1998, rappers retiring or, uh, fake-retiring wasn’t a common thing; Too $hort had thrown in the towel two years prior with his tenth album. But for someone like Master P to call it quits at the absolute height of his career was unfathomable. So when P announced that he cashing in his rap 401k with a double disc entitled Da Last Don, fans were devastated. P felt it was necessary to retire as a solo artist to focus on his other ventures, which had now bubbled into professional basketball, sports management, dolls and major motion pictures. With all of that money on the table, what rapper would have time to rap?
P’s previous album, Ghetto D, was released in September of ‘97, and nine months later his double album Da Last Don was ready for rollout. The Colonel had previously dropped two double albums on No Limit, one as a compilation (Down South Hustlers), and the other with his group TRU—but MP Da Last Don was his first as a solo act. A 29-track swan song to bid adieu to the Colonel of the Tank.
Everything about the album was over the top. A 3D album cover. An accompanying movie, where P played the alienated black son of a white mafia don. P was going out with a bang. The album was chock full of bangers and some of the best production that Beats By the Pound churned out during their tenure. Sure, the Scarface accent P flossed throughout was a bit hokey, but P was legitimately teflon don status in the music business in 1998. And as we all know with rappers and retirement, this wasn’t the end of the road for P.