Master P and Romeo
The offspring: Percy Romeo Miller Jr. was the youngest solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart when he hit No. 1 at age 10 with My Baby in 2001. Since then, he's released three teen-friendly solo albums and starred in a self-titled sitcom on Nickelodeon. The 17-year-old's latest album, Gumbo Station, arrives this fall.
The springboard: Percy Miller, 40, who grew up in poverty in New Orleans' Calliope housing projects, parlayed a $10,000 inheritance into the multimillion-dollar No Limit Records label and a career as gangsta rapper Master P. With his son, he's launching Take A Stand Records, a hip-hop label that will feature clean and positive lyrics. They'll release the industry's first father-and-son rap album, Hip Hop History, on Sept. 4.
How dad was instrumental: "I saw how successful he was, and I wanted to be all of that," Romeo says. "He was always teaching me not to be afraid and that anything is possible."
Master P says his son inspired him to clean up his music; Romeo says he could see the change coming.
"He lived a whole different childhood than I did, and I think he sees the positive things I do and he wants to do something positive. It's like with my brothers and sisters: I want to be a role model and do the right things so that they can do the right things, too."