MTV Cribs stood out as one of the most beloved and outrageous shows of the early '00s. From Mariah Carey's absurdly lavish, 11,000 square-foot penthouse to Redman's Staten Island shack, the show gave plebeians everywhere 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 – and that would be a national tragedy.
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 tons of celebrities who lied on Cribs. Remember Ja Rule's MTV Cribs episode? Fake. 50 Cent's impressive car collection? Fake. Even the some of the best Cribs episodes turned out to be total lies. Find out below whose cribs turned out to be fibs.
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," she admitted. "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."
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Ja Rule probably owned a pretty impressive house in the early '00s, but you'd never know it now. The rapper actually rented a mansion for the weekend and passed it off as his own when MTV Cribs started rolling their cameras. Ja was eventually sued by the actual owner in 2004 for trashing the property and letting MTV film without permission.
While Ja Rule may be real, his pad was anything but.
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It makes sense the rapper who wrote an album called Get Rich or Die Tryin' felt the need to have a lavish collection of sports cars in his episode of MTV Cribs. Don't know what you heard about 50 Cent, but he has an image to uphold! Too bad the cars weren't actually his – all three Ferraris were loaners from a classic car collector.
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The Yin Yang Twins Rented A House They Hadn't Even Seen Before Filming
The Yin Yang Twins may have had an impressive pad, or it may have been just like Redman's infamous Staten Island dump, but no one will ever never know (unless someone really starts caring about the Ying Yang Twins again). Though it was never confirmed by the hip hop duo, it was beyond obvious they rented a home for their episode of MTV Cribs.
The group made no effort to choose a house that looked like one they would ever consider living in. It was filled with bizarre nautical accents, making it clear the pair hadn't even given the home a walk-through before cameras started rolling. All-in-all, it made for a hilarious episode.