MTV Cribs was one of the most beloved and outrageous shows of the early '00s. From Mariah Carey's lavish, 11,000 square-foot penthouse to Redman's Staten Island shack, the show gave everyday people an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be a celebrity. Cribs was renowned for showing glamorous mansions and luxury cars, a trend standard for many past MTV shows that took the place of actual music. Without the show, the phrase "this is where the magic happens" would have never been used to describe a bedroom.
Unfortunately, the Cribs remembered is not always the Cribs that existed. Though certain nostalgia brings everyone back to old MTV shows, now that Millennials, the target audience, are older, they realize there are plenty of celebrities who misled the Cribs audience. Remember Ja Rule's MTV Cribs episode? Fake. Rapper 50 Cent's impressive car collection? Fake. Even the some of the best Cribs episodes turned out to be total fabrications in terms of how some of your favorite celebrities were living.
When JoJo debuted her episode of MTV Cribs, the tween-aged popstar actually didn't live in a home at all. She admitted that she and her mother had been bouncing around hotels at the time. Instead of rushing to move into a luxury condo, JoJo borrowed her uncle's house on the Cape:
It was so ridiculous. The thing is, we didn't have a home at that point. My mom and I were living out of suitcases and we were mostly in hotels. So that was actually my uncle's house, on the Cape. That wasn't my house. That wasn't my stuff. When I was sitting on the spinny thing, that was his kids'. That's the truth. I should've balled hard, and been like, 'Welcome to my crib, look at how luxurious it is,' and I should have rented out a place. But no. I just used my uncle's crib. So that was me lying on Cribs.
It makes sense the rapper who wrote an album called Get Rich or Die Tryin' felt the need to show off a lavish collection of sports cars in his episode of MTV Cribs. However, it's not clear whether the cars were actually his. In his 2015 bankruptcy filing, the rapper said he was only able to rent the lavish cars he often touts as his own.
The Ying Yang Twins may have had an impressive pad, or it may have been just like Redman's infamous Staten Island home, but no one will ever never know. While the hip-hop duo never confirmed one way or another, it did appear as though the home they showed off in the episode wasn't their own. Even worse, it was decorated so far off base from what fans might expect from the pair that many posited they didn't even do a walk-through before filming.
In the early '00s, when Destiny's Child was enjoying massive mainstream success, MTV tried to make everyone believe this girl group actually lived together in a house in Houston, Texas. While hard to tell if this slumber-party fantasy was actually true, what fans do know is that the group used its episode to shill Candie's shoes.
Beyoncé took cameras into Kelly Rowland's "room," where she uncovered a Candie's shoebox filled with mementos from old boyfriends. Destiny's Child got an endorsement from the company at the time and their own line of kicks.