Rapper 2 Chainz recently purchased a new home in the Hollywood Hills, complete with a 1,400-foot studio. Legendary guitarist Steve Vai owned the four-story, three-bedroom, 4.5 bath home for 28 years before selling it in 2015 for $1.5 million. Following a complete, year-long renovation of the house—but apparently not the studio, which takes up the entire second floor—it was put back on the market at $2.5 million; two days later, the platinum-selling rapper picked it up for a cool $2.45 million.
Built in 1986, Vai purchased the house a year later for $330,000 when he was 27. A few years later, he moved to another house and began renting out the recording facility as Mothership Studio. Over the years, it has been used by numerous acts, from metal icons Ozzy Osbourne, Slash and Eddie Van Halen, to pop acts such as Sugar Ray, to alt rock underdogs like Too Much Joy.
THE CONTROL ROOM
While there’s no knowing whether 2 Chainz will keep the facility’s current set-up intact, currently the 360-square-foot control room is centered around a 40-input API console with original 312 mic pres and 550A EQs. A Pro Tools HD3 rig is on hand, along with two Studer 827 24-track machines.
THE LIVE ROOM
The Live Room has a panoramic view across Beachwood Canyon, which can be covered as needed by drapery.
The facility has its own kitchen, and naturally, a well-stocked hot sauce collection.
The studio also has its own restroom, for after one tries the hot sauce collection.
The lounge doubles as an office.
Since the studio’s on the second floor, you can see inside the lounge and the darkened live room next to it.