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The hood of Missy Elliott’s custom king-size Ferrari car-bed rises, revealing a flat-screen television mounted to its underside. It stops and hovers, above a gray comforter, at the perfect angle for the bed’s occupant to watch while drifting to sleep. Just beyond the now open hood, on the far wall of Elliott’s palatial white bedroom, is a large projection screen, on which a video plays faintly—almost imperceptibly—thanks to the bedroom’s most desirable feature: windows that flood it with blinding Florida light. This all means that Elliott, back when she lived in the Aventura, Florida, condo featured in the 2002 episode of MTV Cribs in which I first saw this scene, could watch an episode of E.R. on the TV in the hood of her king-size Ferrari car-bed as the Ocean’s Eleven DVD menu played on a loop on the large screen behind it.

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