Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice
Release date
01 January 1970
Vanilla Ice
01 January 1970 |

Robert Matthew Van Winkle, better known by his stage name Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, actor, and
television host. Born in South Dallas, and raised in Texas and South Florida, Ice released his debut album, Hooked,
in 1989 on Ichiban Records, before signing a contract with SBK Records, a record label of the EMI Group, which
released a reformatted version of the album in 1990 under the title To the Extreme, which contained Ice’s best-
known hits: “Ice Ice Baby” and a cover of “Play That Funky Music”. “Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop single to top
the Billboard charts.

Although he was successful, Ice later regretted his business arrangements with SBK, which had paid him to adopt a
more commercial appearance to appeal to a mass audience and published fabricated biographical information
without his knowledge. After surviving a suicide attempt, Ice changed his musical style and lifestyle. While his later,
less mainstream albums failed to chart or receive much radio airplay, Ice has had an underground following. In
2009, Ice began hosting The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network. His latest album, WTF – Wisdom, Tenacity &
Focus, was released in August 2011. After that, Ice signed to Psychopathic Records.

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