If you had a $14 million budget for a real estate purchase,how would you spend it? If you live a hip-hop lifestyle, you might firstconsider how rap luminaries Pharrell Williams, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Lil Wayne,and Kanye West have spent their riches.
This week's photos of Williams' Miami high-rise prompted CurbedNational to do a wrap-up of some of the year's news making hip-hop cribs.
IT PAYS TO BE AN.E.R.D. Considering N.E.R.D. frontman Pharrell Williams is known for hiscolorful Ice Cream brand outfits, it makes sense that his Miami penthouse also has a playful decor. Hehas a painting of "Family Guy" character Stewie, as well as oversized cartoonfigures and a Perspective chair (which he designed) with human-likelegs, toes, and all. But these are just the accessories. The massive $14million abode, photographed by Todd Selby, has an arrowhead-shaped pool,spiral staircase, and view of the coastal shore. It is definitely fit for thehead of an entity called the Billionaire Boys Club. (See more pictures at The Selby.)
KANYE'S BEAUTIFULFANTASY COMES TRUE Kanye West also displayed cartoon elements in thedecorations of a Hollywood apartment he put upfor sale last spring for $4 million, New York Magazine reported. The roomphotographed is lined with Jetsons art, and, like the futuristic cartoon, isheavy on the remote-controlled features. But West did not let the designersfinish the place without adorning the dining room ceiling with a depictionof himself as an angel.
WHEN DIDDY'S NOT ON THE LAST TRAIN TO PARIS Sean "Diddy" Combs opted for a sleeker and more seriousfeel for a lounging area of his newest New York City property. Designed by BenjaminNoriega-Ortiz, the clean, modern look relied on neutral colors -- silver, smoke,cream, and glass -- mirrored tables and vases.
LIL WAYNE'S YOUNG MONEY GOES A LONG WAY Surprisingly,animated hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne has the most conservative design for hishome. Like Diddy, Wayneused a light palette in one of the rooms. One of the most striking features ofthe $14 million home located in La Gorce Island, Miami Beach is a wall lined with floor-to-ceilingwindows. Click hereto see more photos in Business Insider.
AN APARTMENT FOR THECOMMON MAN If you live in Chicago and aspire to live like a rapper butdon't quite have the budget, you might one day be able to rent one of Common'shigh-rise apartments. One of the Coldwell Banker listings, a two-bedroom, 1,200square foot home, was recently available for rent for $2,200 per month. That'sa good deal, considering that it comes with granite countertops in the kitchen,stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a view of a museum.
- Pharrell Williams