In a 2019 interview on Atlanta’s Power 96.1 with Nick Cannon — who expressed reservations about the sequel — the 45-year-old rapper revealed that scenes for the movie are being filmed at his home.
“The reason why I’m believing in it so much is because they are filming at my estate in Atlanta,” Ross said. “It’s going to be dope.”
The mogul detailed in an Instagram Live post that he charged producers a rate for simply visiting the estate. Film crews would be able to come and scout his lavish pad, which includes an entire bowling alley.
“It’s not free to come check out the estate. Twenty people are wanting to see it today, every day,” he said in a video in January. “What we do is charge people to come look at it, and there’s still 18 people that want to come a day. So, welcome to the promised land.”
Ross’ estate is considered the largest single-family home in the Peach State, spanning nearly 50,000 square feet.
The structure features 12 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms, with palatial formal and informal spaces. The dining room alone seats approximately 100 guests and has been featured on TV shows like “Drop Dead Diva.”
At more than 350,000 gallons, the pool built into the property is considered one of the largest private pools in the United States, Georgia property records reveal.
Other amenities include a separate 4,000-square-foot second home and a seven-stall barn with strong breed horses. It also comes with a built-in handball court, a softball field and a tennis court.
A tiered movie theater is also among the many features of the home and seats a staggering total of 135 people.
During his interview with “Undisputed” host Shannon Sharpe for Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast, the rap mogul boasted about his negotiation tactics to allow film producers to shoot at his place. While he didn’t mention the film by name, he did say that he got a movie producer to pay $2.75 million to rent out his 109-room Atlanta mansion.
“A lot of times, I threw a number out there before, they moved a little slow and I went up on the number, and they met me there,” Ross revealed.
In the grand scheme of things, the amount “Rozay” received for the use of his wildly massive crib is considerably small. According to Variety, Paramount Pictures sold Murphy’s movie to Amazon Studios in a deal that was reportedly worth $125 million.
The property initially belonged to the legendary Evander Holyfield, before the iconic boxer was forced to give it up due to financial troubles. Holyfield, 58, sold the mansion to a bank for $7.5 million. It later went back on the market for $8.2 million.
Ross paid $5.8 million for the property in 2014, according to property records. The starting price at an auction was initially $2.5 million.
In hindsight, the rapper scored a sweet, sweet deal.