Historical "Rap" Studio Up for Sale

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The studio where rap superstar Eminem recorded his star-making hit "My Name Is" for "The Slim Shady LP" CD is set to go for sale Wednesday on the Internet auction site eBay.

The 700-square-foot Studio 8 in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale was used by Eminem in 1997 to record the 1999 CD that has sold about five million copies.

"The recording studio is still intact, but the equipment is not part of the sale," said David Giltner, senior vice president of the real estate company Grubb & Ellis in Southfield, which is listing the property. "It's in great shape and was recently renovated."

The building, owned by producer A.J. Abdullah, will be auctioned in eBay's commercial real estate section for 30 days, The Detroit News said. The minimum bid is $215,000. Abdullah is spending more time in New York and decided to sell the studio, Giltner said.

Abdullah helped Eminem record "The Slim Shady LP." He lived in a second-floor apartment there during the recording sessions. The 1,500-square-foot building was dubbed "The Bassment" after Mark and Jeff Bass, who also helped produce the album.

The Bass brothers have worked on Eminem's other CDs, including last month's release, "Encore," which has sold about two million copies. The latest CD also was recorded in Ferndale at 54 Sound and FBT Studios.


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