Redman Remembers His Legendary 'MTV Cribs' Episode in New Oral History
Redman's episode of MTV Cribs, which aired in 2001, quickly rose to infamy when the rapper/actor's Staten Island home ended up looking, well, much like the rest of ours. Unlike most of the sprawling mansions profiled on the show, Redman's condo was fairly average sized, and almost completely devoid of the luxe trappings the show typically spotlighted.
Now, Thrillist has put together an oral history of the episode, complete with insights from the crew and Redman himself, as well as his cousin Mr. Cream, who had a notable cameo in the episode (asleep on Redman's floor, that is).
"While everybody was trying to show a lavish house, the lavish life of living," Redman told Thrillist, "that’s not always the case. Not every entertainer’s living lavish. They may have a more lavish set on the street, but it’s still real for a lot of cats out here in the entertainment game. We’re okay, but we’re not rich, and that’s what I wanted to display to my fans... I always try and think about what the 'hood would say when I do things."
His commitment to authenticity was admirable -- as the crew describes in the interview, he had actually just woken up when they arrived. Unlike many others (like 50 Cent, who went so far as to borrow Ferraris to pretend they were his own), he hadn't prepared at all.
"When they were in there filming, I did have a moment of thinking, 'I don’t want to show that my city can’t live the good and lavish life too,' " Redman added. "But then I was like, 'F--- it, this isn’t about nobody else but me. I invited these guys to my house and now I got to go with it.' This is just something that we do. Everything you see was real. It’s just everyday life for us."
Watch Redman show how he "Beyoncé'd" his house in a 2014 episode of MTV Cribs: Retro Rewind below: