Los Angeles – Although it’s been over 14 years since Redman’s episode of MTV Cribs first aired, it’s long been believed that the 2001 journey through his Staten Island home was faked.
Now, Thrillist has put together an oral history of the episode, giving a behind-the-scenes look that is almost as amazing as the actual episode. Turns out, the whole thing was real.
The piece rounds up members of the MTV crew that worked on the five-minute segment, including Dawn Reinholtz, the unit manager and camera operator that offers up this memory of her first impression:
It was definitely different. Usually we’ll set up in a garage or something, because you have all the audio equipment as well. I think we set up in the kitchen, though, because I don’t believe he had a garage. And you couldn’t even ring the doorbell.
Also included in the article are both Redman and his cousin, Mr. Cream (formerly known as Sugar Bear) who was memorably seen asleep on the floor during the filming. Turns out, he was really asleep. Mr. Cream explains:
I actually was sleeping, and I remember waking up and it was just cameras and **** in my face and they were like, “Sign this for me.” It was some kind of release, and I was like, “Oh, there’s some **** going on?” I was out, but I woke up to sign the release paper.
“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 continues. “But then I was like, ‘**** 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.”
Despite the lack of flash — and mainly because of it (and Sugar Bear) — the episode became a hit, a favorite memory that came to overshadow all the big displays of wealth.
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