Viacom is rebooting the classic series MTV Cribs. We look back at seven classic moments from the original series.
On Tuesday, Variety reported that a reboot of MTV Cribs was in the works. MTV International and Viacom will reportedly reboot the show with celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner, JoJo Siwa, and Stefflon Don.
With the live event circuit shut down due to the pandemic, Viacom’s vice president of original content Craig Orr said the timing is just right.
“As we spend more time at home this year,” Orr said in a statement, “our fascination with where and how others live is growing. MTV Cribs continues to connect our worldwide audiences with their favorite stars as they welcome us into their homes for an exclusive tour. This is pure property porn escapism at its most fabulous.”
The original show debuted in 2000, running for 13 seasons. And, while it featured all kinds of celebrities, from athletes like Carmelo Anthony and Tony Hawk to personalities like Kim Kardashian and the Jackass crew, it was rappers who dominated the show and provided some of the most memorable moments.
In honor of the reboot being announced, we thought it would be the perfect time to revisit some of our favorite hip-hop moments from the iconic show.
1. Redman’s porn collection, generally messy crib
Redman has never been known for a luxurious aesthetic, and the tour of his Staten Island crib reflected just that. In fact, in 2015 he revealed the network wanted him to rent a house for his episode. Instead, Redman wanted the world to see the real deal: scattered gifts and shoeboxes, his expansive porno collection, his cousin still sleeping on the floor. To be fair, the network revisited “De La Casa” later to get a better look. Both are truly worth a watch.
2. Fat Joe and his tasty sneaker collection
Fat Joe‘s tour of his Paramus, New Jersey crib was more in-line with the typical rapper episode. The most memorable moment is when he walked the camera crew through his closet, showing his all-pink ensemble from the Video Music Awards, his chinchilla coat from the “Crush Tonight” video, as well as his collection of (apparently delectable) white Nike Air Force Ones.
3. Birdman and Lil Wayne’s car collection, living room Jacuzzi
What more can be said about Cash Money Records in its heyday? MTV Cribs captured the label in its peak, bringing all their on-wax boasts to the screen at Birdman and Lil Wayne‘s New Orleans mansion. In retrospect, the house and cars seem both ridiculous and a bit modest by today’s standards — a Jacuzzi in the living room, stretch PT Cruiser and Ford Excursion — but at the time? Incredible.
4. Trick Daddy’s car collection, Scarface room, Wet Ones
Trick Daddy‘s Cribs episode featured the following: Trick offering Saddam Hussein a plate of his homemade turkey (rubbed with butter and seasoned with his bare hands); a 1973 Caprice Classic with Louis Vuitton interior; and a classic endorsement for Wet Ones sanitary wipes.
5. Big Boi’s “Boom-Boom Room”
Sir Lucious Left Foot’s entire episode isn’t available on YouTube, but the most memorable part of Big Boi‘s crib has thankfully been preserved. André 3000 makes a rare appearance, fresh off the release of Stankonia, but the main attraction here is the stripper pole in the “Boom-Boom Room.”
6. 50 Cent’s colossal Connecticut mansion
50 Cent was so big at the time of his MTV Cribs episode, the Queens MC only agreed to do the show if he could have an entire episode dedicated to himself. With over 51,000 square feet, 17 acres, 19 bedrooms, and 35 bathrooms to show off, it only makes sense.
7. “I bring that ghetto environment out here to this nice neighborhood”
Snoop Dogg’s Claremont, California home had a lowkey, chill vibe. Snoop shared a lot during the tour: showing off intimate family photos; the neighbor that “always called the police” on him; and his dog “White Boy,” who was more like “Grey Boy” because he was so dirty (according to Snoop.)