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Vanilla Ice

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Dallas, Texas, United States (1988 – present)

Robert Matthew Van Winkle (born October 31, 1967), best known by his stage name Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper. Born in Dallas, Texas, United States, and raised in Texas and South Florida, Van Winkle started his musical career in 1988 and released his debut album, ‘Hooked’, in 1989 through Ichiban Records. He soon signed a contract with SBK Records, which released a reformatted version of that album under the title ‘To The Extreme’. Van Winkle’s single “Ice Ice Baby” was the first single to top the Billboard charts, and it has been credited with helping to diversify by introducing it to a mainstream white audience.

Although Van Winkle was successful, he later regretted his business arrangements with SBK, which had paid him to adopt a more commercial appearance and had published fabricated biographical information without his knowledge. He strongly resented having to ‘play along’ with claims that he had survived violent underground gang fights while also wearing glamorized outfits. After surviving a suicide attempt by drug overdose when his mainstream fame evaporated, Van Winkle was inspired to change his musical style and lifestyle. Further albums by Van Winkle, including ‘Hard To Swallow’, ‘Bi-Polar’, and ‘Platinum Underground’, featured a less mainstream-oriented sound inspired by . His latest album is ‘Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus’ (better known as just ‘WTF’), which he released in 2011, which feature Ice’s return to the more and classic sound that was present in some of his past classics.

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  • anna_best

    word to your mother.

    8 Oct 8:07am Reply
  • drochlen

    ну эт пиздес какой-то, если чесн. КАКОЙ ЖЕ ОН БЕЛЫЙ

    1 Oct 2:11pm Reply
  • FCA19795

    I never thought much of the fact that he was not as "hard" as he claimed in his music. Nor did I care that he fronted as being hard in his interviews. 'Ice Ice Baby' was decent song back in the day IMO. Besides, most rappers have a made up personae of who they really in their music.

    20 Sep 10:57pm Reply
  • DatGlitterBitch

    Fun fact: this guy lives in my area in a town in the suburbs where he also films his Vanilla Ice Project show. I met him once last December at a downtown Toys for Tots block party he was hosting. He was pretty rad...didn't get to see him perform that night though. At least I know now he does a lot of charity work in his free time :)

    10 Aug 6:52pm Reply
  • WarriorJones

    One of my all-time favorites.

    20 Jun 4:05am Reply
  • HerbDerpton

    Makes M&M sound like a lobotomized baboon.

    2 Jun 1:30pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Van Winkle, you are the epitomy of embarassement.

    28 May 4:49pm Reply
  • anneefron

    It's just a shame his entire career has been ruined by being a one hit wonder.. he has more potential than people think. [2]

    21 May 6:48pm Reply
  • BadBlackFlag

    The best rapper in the solar system

    27 Feb 8:15pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Cool as Ice is arguably one of the most disgusting movies I've ever seen. [2] If you sat through it, congratulations...the stupid hilarity just became pain for me halfway through.

    25 Feb 5:43pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Hard to Swallow is HYSTERICAL

    24 Feb 7:41am Reply
  • finkk

    every rapcore song's amazing. not a bit interested in hip-hop side.

    24 Jan 1:00pm Reply
  • Hahahehehahaho

    Hino do caralho <3

    12 Jan 7:09pm Reply
  • BewitchedVanity

    It's just a shame his entire career has been ruined by being a one hit wonder.. he has more potential than people think.

    10 Jan 6:20pm Reply
  • Oates_Moustache

    meh, he's alright, nothing special.

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Pitlee

    We are in the same vibration BallerCraig. I also hope you die very soon. :p Just hating

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • bobo9390

    I prefer his deep cuts. Ice Ice Baby is trash, his other stuff is some of the best rap ever recorded.

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Jaytofi

    I'm 11 I love vanilla

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Nice_Santa

    Cool as Ice is arguably one of the most disgusting movies ive ever seen.

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rufousss

    Его rapcore меня прям очень зацепил, жалко , что потом завязал с этим направлением...Nothing Is Real вообще чёткая тема!

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
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