Personalities | Vanilla Ice | Nineties | Rock

(Rapper, b. 1968)

As one-hit wonders go Vanilla Ice is the exception – as he had two! Born Robert Van Winkle in Florida, this white rapper was crafty enough to transform the Queen/Bowie collaboration ‘Under Pressure’ into the self-advertising rap-pop of ‘Ice Ice Baby’, a UK/US chart-topper in 1990. Despised by the rap hardcore for daring to have another hit, ‘Play That Funky Music’ was at least ironic. To The Extreme (1990) sold well but his chart career had ended by 1991. He dated Madonna in 1992, and became a motocross racer under his real name.

Styles & Forms | Nineties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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