Vanilla Ice was born Robert Matthew Van Winkle before taking his professional name from a breakdance crew he was with in his teens. Vanilla Ice had his first commercial success in the early 1990s, and that success led him to places far beyond music. While he is best known for two of the songs released on his album To the Extreme, he has also played major roles in a few movies and even hosted his own DIY show called "The Vanilla Ice Project." He has recorded seven studio albums, the last of which was released in 2011, and he continues to tour and play shows.
Actor, Dancer and R&B Performer
Vanilla Ice became a household name because of one song: "Ice, Ice Baby." While he has released 13 singles and quite a few albums, when you think of the rapper known as Vanilla Ice, you automatically think of that song. His talent, personality and commercial appeal have led him to numerous opportunities outside of music, but music has always been what Vanilla Ice is known for. While his music has not received mainstream credit since the early 1990s, it has brought him a considerable underground following. He believes that the first record label with which he signed led him down the road of focusing on a look, sound and feel that was not in his best interest musically and focused too much on mass commercial appeal. Since then, he has focused on writing and performing songs that he believes in without regard to commercial success. Vanilla Ice has battled many of his own demons, including being stabbed outside of the first club he headlined and even attempting to take his own life. It was after these times that Vanilla Ice changed the direction of his life and his music and became the actor and performer he is today.
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Is Vanilla Ice touring now?
Vanilla Ice is currently touring and speaking at cities all across the US from now through the end of December.
What is a Vanilla Ice concert like?
A Vanilla Ice concert today will take you right back to the 1990s. In fact, his primary tour is called '90s House Party and includes other artists such as Coolio and Naughty by Nature.
Who are some performers that Vanilla Ice has toured with?
Vanilla Ice opened his first big show for N.W.A., Public Enemy and MC Hammer, and he has played with many other R&B acts since then. His current tour has allowed him to play with other big names from the 1990s to good reviews and sold-out venues.
What are some of the most popular Vanilla Ice songs?
Not only was "Ice, Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice's most popular song, but it was also the first R&B or rap song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. His other most famous song is "Play That Funky Music," and most people who grew up in the 1990s know this song as well.
Who are some similar performers to Vanilla Ice?
Other acts from the early and mid-1990s that are the most similar to Vanilla Ice include MC Hammer, Public Enemy, Naughty by Nature, Coolio and N.W.A. R&B music of this type was just getting popular, and these artists each influenced each other throughout the decade.Back to Top