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2 Chainz buys a Hollywood Hills home with a legendary recording studio

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The rapper known as 2 Chainz has bought the former Hollywood Hills home and recording studio of Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Vai for $2.45 million.
(Redfin | Inset: Los Angeles Times)

A new musician has landed on the mother ship. Hip-hop artist 2 Chainz has bought the former Hollywood Hills home and recording studio of rock guitarist Steve Vai for $2.45 million.

The Grammy-winning Vai owned the home for decades before selling it last year for $1.5 million. During his ownership, the property’s 1,400-square-foot studio, dubbed the Mothership Studio, was used by such musical talents as Ozzy Osbourne, Eddie Van Halen, the Yardbirds and Slash.

The three-story Mediterranean, built in 1986 and recently renovated, has living and family rooms, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Wide balconies extend from two levels of the 3,400-square-foot home.

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Entered through a separate entrance, the studio features a live room, a booth, a microphone room, a control room, a kitchen and a lounge.

Outdoors, a large brick patio has steps leading up to a raised deck. Views from the property take in the surrounding canyon and city lights.

The house came up for sale in June for $2.5 million, records show.

Jill Kaufman and Rusty Spragg of Keller Williams Realty were the listing agents. Michael Berlin of MBB Realty Advisors represented the buyer.

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Vai, 56, got his start touring with Frank Zappa. His “No Substitutions – Live in Osaka” won a best pop instrumental album Grammy in 2001. He won rock instrumental performance Grammys for “Peaches in Regalia” in 2008 and “Sofa” in 1993.

2 Chainz, whose legal name is Tauheed Epps, has hits that include “Birthday Song” and “Duffle Bag Boy.” His third studio album, “ColleGrove,” was released in March.

neal.leitereg@latimes.com

Twitter: @NJLeitereg

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