Clarke: A lot of times we would make these wish lists of people and reach out. I don’t know how Redman came about, but the image was sort of like we go to these homes, these big homes of athletes and this palatial stuff, and with the Redman one we were like, “How is this going to pan out?” It wasn’t the prototype of what we were thinking.
Redman, rapper, actor, blunt-roller: It was just a phone call... It didn’t take a publicist, it didn’t take anybody to twist my arm to do it. I have a good relationship with MTV through the years.
Diaz: Redman had the chops, the originality to want to really show how he lived. Other people would wait until they got this ballerific place to let us in because they had watched all these other ones like Master P, who was living in a gold Louisiana mansion. People saw that and they would say, “I’m not ready... You have to give me another year. I have to make some more bank.”
Redman: While everybody was trying to show a lavish house, the lavish life of living, 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.
Diaz: What was so genius about Redman was that he was like, “Let them come.” He wanted to show us where he lives. He wasn’t afraid of it.
Redman: It was supposed to be my first real-estate project. I bought the place for real cheap, and I was going to fix it up and rehab it and put it back on the market. But I ended up keeping it because I just loved the space, and I loved the seclusion of it.
Diaz: We didn’t know exactly what we were getting into. We knew we were going out to Staten Island, which was kind of like uncharted territory other than going there for something for Wu-Tang. So we drove, and honestly he lives very far, it’s like the boondocks. I was like, “Where are we going? Where does this man live?” And then we were like, “This is it? We must have the wrong place.” Then it was like, “Holy shit, this is where he lives.”