Corey Miller (born March 9, 1971),[1] better known by his stage name C-Murder, is an American rapper and songwriter. He initially gained fame in the mid-1990s as a part of his brother Master P's label No Limit Records, primarily as a member of the label's supergroup, TRU. Miller went on to release several solo albums of his own through the label, including 1998's platinum Life or Death. C-Murder has released nine albums altogether on six different labels, No Limit Records, TRU Records, Koch Records, Asylum Records, RBC Records, and Venti Uno.

C-Murder in 1999
C-Murder in 1999
Background information
Birth nameCorey Miller
Also known asC-Miller
Born (1971-03-09) March 9, 1971 (age 50)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1993–present
Associated acts

In 2002, Miller was arrested in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, and was sentenced to life in prison on August 14, 2009. Miller is serving his sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.[2][3] Controversy surrounding witnesses involved in Miller's trial came to light in 2018 when two key witnesses recanted their statements, claiming they had been pressured into testifying against Miller by authorities. Miller maintains his innocence, and both he and his brother have called for a new trial numerous times.[4][5]

C-Murder also served in the US military and has spent time in the Gulf War as a medic; in No Limit Chronicles it is revealed he supposedly got his name from seeing a lot of death.


Early lifeEdit

Corey Miller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 9, 1971.[1]

Music careerEdit

1998: Life or DeathEdit

Miller rose to fame in the late 1990s after being featured on numerous No Limit releases. In 1998, Miller released his debut album Life or Death.[1] Miller's debut made it to No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 with 197,000 copies sold the first week. The album eventually sold over one million copies making it certified platinum.[6]

1999: BossalinieEdit

In 1999, Miller released his second album Bossalinie it would prove to be even more successful charting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 175,000. The album was promoted with the singles "Like a Jungle" and "Gangsta Walk" featuring fellow No Limit artist at the time Snoop Dogg. The album eventually sold over 500,000 copies making it certified gold.

2000: Trapped in CrimeEdit

In 2000, Miller released his third album, Trapped in Crime, the album was known for containing Miller's biggest and most well known single to date "Down for My N's". The single featured fellow No Limit artists at the time Snoop Dogg and Magic. The album charted on the Billboard 200 at No. 8.

2001: C-P-3.comEdit

In 2001, Miller released his fourth album C-P-3.com and his final with No Limit Records, the album charted the Billboard 200 at No. 45, a significant decrease from his previous releases. The album featured the singles "What U Gonna Do" and "Im Not Just".

2005: The Truest Shit I Ever SaidEdit

In 2005, Miller released his fifth album The Truest Shit I Ever Said. It was his first album released while imprisoned for his pending murder charge at the time. The album was promoted with the single "Y'all Heard of Me" which featured fellow New Orleans artist B.G. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 34.

2008: Screamin' 4 VengeanceEdit

In 2008, Miller released his sixth album Screamin' 4 Vengeance. This was Miller's second album released while being incarcerated. The album was promoted with the single's "Be Fresh" and "Posted on the Block (Remix)". The album charted on the Billboard 200 at one-hundred-thirty.

2009–10: Calliope Click Volume 1 & TomorrowEdit

In 2009, Miller released his seventh and third album while imprisoned Calliope Click. In 2010, Miller released his eighth album and fourth album while incarcerated entitled Tomorrow.

2013–2016: Ain't No Heaven in the PenEdit

On June 11, 2013, Miller released his debut mixtape Ricochet featuring variety of unreleased tracks.[7][8]

On March 11, 2014, recently released rapper Lil Boosie collaborated with Miller on a song entitled "Came 2 Da Can". The song has caused major controversy due to Miller's negative remarks of his own brother and former CEO Master P.[9]

On January 5, 2015, Miller announced via his website that he will be releasing a new album entitled Ain't No Heaven in the Pen Bruh.[10] On January 10, 2015, he released the official track list for Ain't No Heaven in the Pen via his website.[11] On February 28, 2015, he announced via his website the release date for Ain't No Heaven in the Pen which is March 24, 2015.[12][13]

On March 24, 2015, Miller released his ninth album Ain't No Heaven in the Pen, featuring guest appearances from Boosie Badazz, Shy Glizzy, Snoop Dogg, Callipoe Doefus, Al, Big Be, Bloc Boyz Click, Lil Kano, Montez, G-Dinero, Lil Soulja Slim, Adrian E, and Jigga.[14][15] In January 2016, he released a diss track aimed at 2 Chainz entitled 2 Stainz,[16] due to the usage of the slogan and name style of his former group TRU[17] and record label TRU Global Records.[18]

April 2016: Penitentiary ChancesEdit

In April 2016, C-Murder and Boosie Badazz released a collaborative album about his murder charge entitled Penitentiary Chances. Artists on the album include Snoop Dogg, Calliope Bub, Verse, 2Meka, Cuttyboy G Dinero, Mac Milli, and Yella. The first single on the album, entitled "Supreme Court", discusses his case and his hope that the Louisiana Supreme Court will drop his charge.[citation needed]

December 2020: The Black GrinchEdit

In December 2020, C-Murder released a solo Christmas project titled The Black Grinch produced by Cuttboy G Dinero.

January 2021: Don't Wanna Trap No MoreEdit

In January 2021, C-Murder released a solo record titled Don't Wanna Trap No More, produced by Dale "Rambro" Ramsey.

Other venturesEdit

Acting careerEdit

In 1998, Miller acted and co-starred in the major No Limit film Da Game of Life. In 1998, he also acted in the No Limit film "I Got the Hook Up" starring his brother Master P and A.J. Johnson. His role was he played one of T-Lay's (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. "Zeus") henchmen alongside his brother Silkk The Shocker and Mystikal. In 2000 Miller also co-starred in the No Limit film Hot Boyz.

Bossalinie RecordsEdit

Bossalinie Records
FounderCorey "C-Murder" Miller
Distributor(s)Priority (2001–2002)
Koch (2006–2008)
RBC (2009)
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana (2000–present)

Bossalinie Records is a record label founded by C-Murder in 2000.

  • C-Murder (CEO/founder)
  • Alexis Chelsea (owner, president)
  • Artists: C Murder, Cuttboy G Dinero, 2Meka Diaz

TRU RecordingsEdit

TRU Recordings
FounderCorey "C-Murder" Miller
Distributor(s)Priority (2001–2002)
Koch (2006–2008)
RBC (2009)
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana (2000–present)

TRU Recordings is a record label founded by Corey "C-Murder" Miller


  • C-Murder (CEO/founder)
  • Cuttboy G Dinero (president)
  • Artists: C Murder, Cuttboy G Dinero, 2Meka Diaz


On January 1, 2007, Miller released his first written novel entitled Death Around The Corner.[19] On February 1, 2014, Miller released two novels entitled Red Beans and Dirty Rice For The Soul and Bound By Loyalty.[20][21]

Legal issuesEdit

Steve Thomas caseEdit

In September 2003, Miller was convicted of the January 18, 2002 beating and fatal shooting of a fan, 16-year-old Steve Thomas, at the Platinum Club, a now-closed nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana.[2] Miller was arrested in the early hours of January 19 for causing a disturbance at the House of Blues in New Orleans.[22] He was indicted on February 28, 2002.[23] Judge Martha Sassone granted a new trial based on the claim that prosecutors improperly withheld criminal background information on three of their witnesses.[citation needed]

While awaiting re-trial, Miller was placed under house arrest. Sassone allowed Miller to promote his new, yet-to-be-titled CD and his novel, Death around the Corner, while under house arrest, but ruled that a gag order pertaining to the case would remain in effect. The terms of the house arrest required Sassone's permission for all visitors, including reporters.[24]

On March 13, 2007, Sassone granted Miller's request to work on his music career on a per-request basis, but denied his request for a 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. curfew.[25] Sassone's rulings in the case became an issue in her failed 2008 bid for re-election. Sassone was defeated by Judge Ellen Kovach; prosecutors subsequently renewed a request to have Miller returned to jail.[26] During January 2009, Miller was confined to his residence on house arrest, and could only leave for a documented medical emergency.

On May 27, 2009, Miller pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted second degree murder. These charges stem from a 2001 incident in Baton Rouge in which Miller fired one shot, after which it jammed, from a semi-automatic pistol at the owner and bouncer of a night club who refused to allow Miller to enter the business with the gun. Miller was sentenced to ten years with credit for time served.[27] A surveillance video of the incident was posted on YouTube.[citation needed]

The Louisiana State Penitentiary in November 2009

On August 5, 2009, the murder trial began. The father of the victim spoke of his son being a fan of C-Murder before the incident. A bouncer also testified against Miller, saying he witnessed the shooting. He expressed fear of repercussions for his testimony. Prosecutors also charged C-Murder's associates with witness tampering.[28]

On August 10, 2009, the jury reported being deadlocked, but Judge Hans Liljeberg instructed them to attempt to resolve the deadlock. Three hours later, the jury returned to announce it reached a 10–2 guilty verdict. The judge suspected that, given the deadlock announced earlier followed by the quick reversal, one of the jurors decided to switch under pressure to end the trial and instructed the jury to go back and deliberate on the case longer.[29]

When they returned with the same 10–2 verdict, Miller was convicted of second-degree murder.[30] During sentencing, the victim's father said, "I'm not rejoicing. I feel bad for [Miller's] family. But at least they can see him. What have we got but a gravesite and a photograph?"[31] C-Murder was sentenced on August 14 by District Judge Hans Liljeberg to mandatory life imprisonment.[3]

On August 27, 2009, Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana NAACP, requested an investigation into the jury deliberations.[32] C-Murder's financial woes reportedly landed him the help of two Harvard attorneys, one of them Ronald Sullivan, who have agreed to assist with his appeal. One of the jurors, Mary Jacob, said that both she and a fellow juror, a 20-year-old student at Xavier University of Louisiana, were verbally abused by fellow jurors for their decision to acquit. According to Jacob, the abuse resulted in her switching her verdict, saying, "They literally made this 20-year-old girl so violently ill, she was shaking so bad. She ran into the bathroom. She was throwing her guts up. She couldn't function anymore. That's when I decided, the judge don't want to listen to me, doesn't want to listen to us? I told them, 'You want him to be guilty? He's guilty; now let's get the hell out of here.'" This account was partially confirmed by another juror. In Louisiana, a 10–2 consensus is sufficient for conviction but a 9–3 consensus results in a mistrial.[33] As a result, Miller appealed the conviction.[citation needed]

On December 28, 2011, his conviction was upheld.[34]

On February 19, 2013, Miller's final appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court. After a jury voted 10–2 to convict Miller, Miller's attorneys argued that because federal juries must reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases, Miller should have not been convicted in Louisiana.[35][36]

On April 2, 2014, Miller's attorney, Rachel Conner, filed a post-conviction relief application in state court in Gretna. She raised 10 points to support her assertion that her client received no fair trial. Conner said she plans to raise additional points. Primary among the assertions is what she described as irregularities during the jury's deliberations, stating, "One juror cast a guilty vote not based on the evidence but because she wanted to end deliberations to protect another juror who refused to convict Miller but was targeted by other jurors to change her mind, Conner wrote."[37][38][39]

Investigation Discovery Reasonable DoubtEdit

In June 2018, Miller's case was featured on Investigation Discovery Reasonable Doubt. It was on this episode that Kenneth Jordan recanted and discussed his false testimony.[40] Jordan stated he was pressured by detectives to testify against Miller or he himself would have faced a 10-year prison sentence for unrelated criminal charges.[4] On July 6, another witness, Darnell Jordan, recanted his testimony, saying he was detained and locked in a hotel room by the police for refusing to testify against Miller.[41]

No Limit ChroniclesEdit

On July 29, 2020, Black Entertainment Television released No Limit Chronicles, a five-part docuseries. The series gained new attention for C-Murder's circumstances.[42]



  • The Black Grinch (2020)
  • Don't Wanna Trap No More (2021)[43]

Solo albumsEdit

Collaboration albumsEdit

  • Penitentiary Chances (2016) with Boosie Badazz[45]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 I'm Bout It Q Support role
1998 MP da Last Don Cuban Guard Cameo
I Got the Hook-Up T-Lay Boy #1 Cameo
Da Game of Life Money Support role
1999 Hot Boyz Remo Support role
No Tomorrow Himself Cameo
2002 Undisputed Gat Boyz Rapper 3 Cameo
2004 White Chicks Himself Cameo
2007 Three Can Play That Game Date 1 Cameo
2015 Comedy Camp Obama impersonator Cameo
2020 Angola 1, 2 & 3 Bobby Seale Support role


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