No Limit Records, also known as No Limit Enterprises, was founded by Percy Miller, better known by his stage name Master P. The label originated in Richmond, California, in 1990. Master P, an aspiring rapper and entrepreneur, initially started the label as a means to distribute his own music independently.
In the early years, No Limit Records faced challenges and limited success. However, everything changed when Master P relocated the label to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1995. It was there that No Limit Records experienced significant growth and achieved remarkable success.
Master P’s innovative approach to the music industry played a pivotal role in No Limit’s ascent. He adopted a unique business model, which involved self-production, marketing, and distribution. By establishing his own recording studio, No Limit Studios, Master P gained complete creative control over the label’s output.
One of the key factors that propelled No Limit Records to success was the release of Master P’s album titled “The Ghetto’s Tryin to Kill Me!” in 1994. The album garnered significant attention and set the stage for the label’s subsequent achievements.
No Limit Records became renowned for its prolific output, releasing numerous albums by a diverse roster of artists. Master P’s strategic signing of talented acts such as Mia X, Mystikal, Silkk the Shocker, and C-Murder further solidified the label’s reputation.
The label’s breakthrough came with the release of the compilation album “Down South Hustlers: Bouncin’ and Swingin‘” in 1995, which featured tracks from various No Limit artists. This project gained substantial regional and national recognition, leading to a distribution deal with Priority Records, a major label at the time.
With the new partnership, No Limit Records experienced expenential growth. The label embarked on a prolific journey, unleashing a string of classic albums throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. Among these notable releases were Master P’s chart-topping masterpiece, “Ghetto D“, Silkk the Shocker’s magnetic offering, “Charge It 2 da Game“, and Mystikal’s electrifying opus, “Unpredictable“. These albums not only garnered critical acclaim but also resonated profoundly with the masses, commanding remarkable commercial success. In the wake of these achievements, No Limit Records firmly established its dominion as an undeniable force within the realm of hip-hop, etching its name among the industry’s elite.
In 1998, Snoop Dogg, joined the No Limit roster. After his departure from Death Row Records, Snoop Dogg was looking for a fresh start and a new creative direction for his music career. Master P, offered Snoop Dogg an opportunity to join the label, providing him with artistic freedom and a platform to release his music independently. The partnership with No Limit Records allowed Snoop Dogg to explore different musical styles and expand his artistic horizons. Additionally, the business arrangement with No Limit Records offered Snoop Dogg a lucrative deal and the chance to collaborate with other talented artists within the No Limit roster.
During his stint with No Limit, Snoop Dogg released: “Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told” (1998), “No Limit Top Dogg” (1999), and “Tha Last Meal” (2000).
No Limit Records’ success was not limited to music alone. The label expanded its brand into various business ventures, including a clothing line, film production, and sports management. It became a multi-faceted entertainment company under Master P’s guidance.
While the label faced some challenges in the early 2000s and eventually underwent a rebranding as The New No Limit, its impact on the music industry and its role in shaping Southern hip-hop cannot be overstated. No Limit Records served as a platform for numerous artists and played a significant role in popularizing the Southern rap sound.