Vanilla Ice
American rapper
Vanilla Ice
Robert Matthew Van Winkle, best known by his stage name Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper. Born in South Dallas, and raised in Texas and South Florida, Van Winkle released his debut album, Hooked, in 1989 through Ichiban Records, before signing a contract with SBK Records, a record label of the EMI Group which released a reformatted version of the album under the title To the Extreme.
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Ben & Jerry's Just Added 3 Exciting New Flavors To Its Lineup
Huffington Post - 28 days
Ben & Jerry’s is back with three new ice cream flavors and they’re guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat.  The much-anticipated Urban Bourbon flavor is finally here, packed with burnt caramel ice cream, almond, fudge flakes and bourbon caramel swirls, according to a press release. Beat still, our boozy hearts.  Next up is an oatmeal lover’s dream, aptly called Oat of the Swirled. Ben & Jerry’s says it’s full of fudge flakes, oatmeal cinnamon cookie swirls (!!) and mouth-watering buttery brown sugar ice cream.  Last but not least is the Truffle Kerfuffle, a delicious mix of vanilla ice cream, roasted pecans, fudge flakes and salted chocolate ganache swirl. Guaranteed to give you a well-earned cavity in no time!  The press release says the the three pint-sized flavors will hit stores in mid-February and range from $4.99 - $5.99 in price. They can’t come soon enough.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subjec ...
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This Wine 'Guzzle Buddy' Will Help You Cope With Trump's Presidency
Huffington Post - about 1 month
While some are turning to pictures of cute puppies or kittens to cope with the reality of President Trump, others are picking out their marching shoes or protesting the Inauguration.  If a glass of wine or two is your go-to method of dealing with unfortunate events, there’s an accessory that will make pouring a drink just a little bit easier. (Because, you know ... it’s so hard to pour a glass of wine?) Introducing the Guzzle Buddy, a relatively new device that lets you pour the wine straight into your mouth. For just $29.99, you too can begin to ease your Inauguration (and leftover election night) pain. All you have to do is open your wine bottle, screw in Guzzle Buddy, tilt and drink ― responsibly, of course.  Guzzle Buddy was created by Jennifer Sullivan and her brother-in-law, Randy Rothfus, though it’s based on an idea from the TV show “Cougartown.”  “We started out thinking it was just for wine, but now we have found it works great in beer, hard ...
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Weather experts to skeptics: Evacuate before Hurricane Matthew hurts you
Yahoo News - 5 months
Weather forecasters have a clear message for all residents of areas in the path of Hurricane Matthew: evacuate now.  While conservative voices like The Drudge Report's Matt Drudge have suggested that the U.S. government is over-playing the strength of the storm to make a point about climate change, weather experts across TV and the internet are urging citizens to not underestimate the hurricane's damage. It has already led to at least 280 deaths in Caribbean. SEE ALSO: A weather geek's live blog: Hurricane Matthew surges towards U.S. The Weather Channel's Bryan Norcross in particular has made an urgent plea to residents in the hurricane's path to leave immediately. "We are concerned about reports of people deciding to stay in areas under mandatory evacuation orders," he said during an update. "This is not hype, this is not hyperbole and I am not kidding ... Do not assume you can survive if you choose to stay." He continued: "There will be overwhelming damage and likely, a heartbreaking ...
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Vanilla Ice, 'Babyface' Axed in 'DWTS' Double Elimination
ABC News - 5 months
In the first double elimination of the season, rapper Vanilla Ice and music producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds were tonight voted off “Dancing With the Stars.”
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What Was Yelled at Ryan Lochte During Week 4 of Dancing with the Stars? - People Magazine
Google News - 5 months
Fox News Latino What Was Yelled at Ryan Lochte During Week 4 of Dancing with the Stars? People Magazine As the Olympic swimmer and his pro partner Cheryl Burke listened to the judges' commentary of their week 4 Viennese Waltz, two audience members expressed their support of the University of Florida alum. While judge Bruno Tonioli gave constructive ... Ryan Lochte Blasts Michael Phelps For Abandoning Him After Olympics: 'He Wasn't There For Me'Hollywood Life Ryan Lochte Shades Michael Phelps for Not Calling Him After the Rio ScandalCosmopolitan.com Ryan Lochte Claims That Michael Phelps Wasn't There for Him After His Rio Scandal, But Vanilla Ice Has Been Great!Us Weekly Bustle -Sporting News -New York Post -USA TODAY all 38 news articles »
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Company Confessions: Secrets, Memoirs, and the CIA
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Christopher Moran   Introduction I. If Walls Could Talk The secret of our success is the secret of our success. CIA Proverb. In autumn 1973, the Central Intelligence Agency approached a man named Harold Vogel for a special assignment. Vogel was not a spy, but possessed a particular set of skills required by the Agency. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he had been raised in the Bavarian town of Ansbach during the period of the Great Depression, where his grandfather, a restoration sculptor, taught him everything he knew about a hammer and chisel. Inspired by his elder's teachings, Vogel studied for a stone carving apprenticeship in Nuremberg, before eventually returning to the United States, settling in Northern Virginia, as a Master Carver, where he found his talents in high demand. His various projects included restoring the Senate Chamber in the US Capitol, working on the National Cathedral, and fashioning a new wooden frame for the Declaration of Independence at ...
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Rowland's Bar & Grill Stars at NYC's Third Greatest Attraction
Huffington Post - 5 months
Once you sit down in the cool long room of Rowland's Bar & Grill, it's easy enough to forget you're on the One Below level of Macy's flagship store at Herald Square--which, I'm told, is the most visited tourist spot in NYC after the Empire State Building (on 34th Street) and the Statue of Liberty. It's a sleekly handsome place with a long bar and open kitchen, very roomy coffee-colored booths, spanking white tilework and brick, and both excellent lighting and sound levels, which makes it an equally appealing venue to talk business, have a date, or just relax right after work. The waitstaff is cordial and the pacing of a lunch or dinner can be whatever you choose it to be. O.K., that caveat aside, Rowland's is decidedly what it says it is--a true bar and grill, named after the store's founder, Rowland H. Macy, who had always insisted his stores serve first-rate food to its customers. Indeed, Macy's pioneered the food hall concept in a department store, a ...
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Two iconic Australian ice-creams merge, birthing the Golden Gaynetto
Yahoo News - 6 months
The Blues Brothers . Thelma and Louise. Prince and the Revolution. All combinations that have gone down in history as the greats. So the marriage of two ice cream legends — the Cornetto and Australia's much-loved Golden Gaytime — seems destined for success.  SEE ALSO: Artisanal astronaut ice cream is out of this world Together, they're called the ~Golden Gaynetto~ and it's this dream hybrid that's generated a sh*t tonne of excitement in Australia. For those who don't know what a Golden Gaytime is, you've been missing out. It's a toffee and vanilla ice cream on a popsicle stick, coated with chocolate and biscuit crumbs. If that doesn't win you over, the glorious tagline for the product is: "It's hard having a Gaytime on your own!" Now, putting it all inside a crunchy waffle cone seems set to be a sure winner. But does it taste like an actual Gaytime, or hell, even better?  Image: mashable australia Streets has transferred those vital Gaytime components over to its Gaynetto hybrid, such ...
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Brandy Clark: Not your mama's country artist
LATimes - 9 months
Listening to mainstream country radio these days can be like going on an ice cream run, says country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark. Sometimes there simply needs to be variety.  “If all they’re serving is vanilla ice cream, I’m going to eat vanilla, because I like ice cream,” the 39-year-old fast-rising...
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The Love Post-It
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I live near a college campus, and I love it. I live so close in fact, that my residential street actually ends up being a parking lot for the university. Every day cars jockey for position at my curb and students race off to class. It's one downside to living at this location, but I knew that before I moved here so fair enough. Another downside that I didn't really give much thought is the amount of trash those college students just toss at my curb. Coffee cups, fast food bags, literally hundreds of cigarette butts a month, beer bottles. Whatever debris that can be found inside a car has ended up on my lawn. My personal favorites were the purple panties and an animal skull drinking a Lone Star. I pick up the trash almost every day. I just can't leave it there, although many of the other homeowners on my street don't seem to have any trouble ignoring it. I think that's odd. The neighbor two doors down has had a sideview mirror on his curb for a few weeks now. Last week, I found a l ...
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A Food Guide to The Netherlands
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By College Tourist; Author: Veronica White, University of East Anglia If you're planning on visiting the Netherlands, it's probably safe to assume that you haven't chosen to visit this beautiful country because of its food. Unlike Italy, France, or Greece, Holland isn't exactly well known for its traditional dishes. With that being said, there are some Dutch delicacies you should definitely try during your stay. Here is a quick collection of some of the most famous (or infamous) Dutch dishes and treats for you to taste. Everyday Classics Hagelslag - can you imagine a better way to start the day than with toasted bread spread with an unhealthy amount of butter and covered in sprinkles? Yes, that's actually a real thing in Holland. In fact, hagelslag - the sprinkles - are considered the most popular bread topping in the country! Usually eaten on buttered bread for breakfast or lunch, these sprinkles come in a range of varieties including: white, milk and dark chocolate, fruit ...
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The '90s Don't Look Like This Anymore
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Were you alive in the 1990s? Can you remember what it looked like? It doesn't look like that anymore. Vanilla Ice recently hosted a holiday block party that took donations of presents for kids in need. To help the cause, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the '90s apparently made an appearance. Although the mutants are seen smiling in the picture below, it is unclear if they know the bleak reality of what Michael Bay did to their future selves. No ninja go ninja go. Holiday block party was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who supported pic.twitter.com/MWDpfPDBc1 — Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) December 22, 2015 If you're a '90s kid, does that image upset you? What's it like being reminded that your world was destroyed by both the passing of time and Michael Bay explosions? Vanilla Ice must have been feeling similarly nostalgic as he posted a pic of the 1991 movie, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" on Instagram around the same time as ...
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NYC's Utsav Ups the Ante on Indian Cuisine
Huffington Post - about 1 year
NYC's Indian restaurants are of three kinds: those that service the Indian communities, serving regional food of a vast sub-continent; those serving a Pan-Indian menu of standard curries and vandaloo dishes; and those that aim to show both the variety and the distinctiveness of modern Indian cuisine. Utsav, from a Sanskrit word meaning "festival," is clearly in the last category, for, while you can enjoy the standard dishes you might at any number of Indian restaurants, Nandita Khanna, whose grandmother, Emiko Kothari, ran Utsav for fifteen years, has recently given it a new look and hired an exciting young chef named Hari Nayak, who has truly rejuvenated Utsav, which can easily go head to head with the well regarded upscale Indian restaurant Junoon. The setting, with its wall of glass, is within a bridge-like space connecting two buildings near Rockefeller Center, and the interior now has a great deal of color, crystal chandeliers, banquettes in rich gold fabrics, and c ...
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Ultimate Disneyland Holiday Eating Guide
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some of our most joyous times at Foodbeast come when we're tasked with chronicling new food the Disneyland team brings into the park. As an appropriate followup to our list of 26 Magical Foods To Eat At Disneyland, we're now showing you the hottest foods (and drinks) available for the park's well-celebrated holiday season. Don't you dare sleep on getting yourself a slice of Chorizo Pizza. Yes, Chorizo Pizza. With cotija cheese. And pico. And a tomatillo-cilantro crema drizzle. Aaaah!! Just go see for yourself: DISNEYLAND (the O.G. park) French Market Restaurant (New Orleans Square) A photo posted by DLR_DSLR (@dlr_dslr) on Oct 9, 2015 at 9:04am PDT Deck of Cards Cake (above) Praline Cheesecake Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (Main Street) Next to the Penny Arcade at the end of Main Street. Holiday Sprinkles Premium Cone (above): a chocolate-dipped waffle cone that's covered in crushed peppermint. There's a limited supply on these, howev ...
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On a Clear Day, You Can Hear Forever
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jazz has never been the taste of the timid. It's a gauntlet thrown down for the bold. More than any other form of music, jazz demands a degree of commitment, an implicit contract between song and listener. Jazz extends you an invitation to wander through its complex depths, brain fully engaged, to discover the notes that will move your heart. The most learned fans of jazz will always emphasize this idea of the journey. They'll name-check greats like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, but they'll tell you with a gleam in their eye that the greatest jazz they ever heard was played by an unknown 75-year-old trumpeter they stumbled upon in a dive bar in Kansas City in 1978. So too is jazz a journey for the performers who recognize this drive at the soul of it to go, to seek the best of it out in remote corners. Emilie-Claire Barlow, an award-winning Canadian singer with ten albums under her belt, knew her newest release Clear Day needed to embrace the quest beckoning at th ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vanilla Ice
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On August 30, 2016, Vanilla Ice was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details He is partnered with professional dancer Witney Carson.
  • 2015
    In February 2015, Ice was arrested and charged with burglary residence and grand theft after he allegedly stole furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other items from a Florida home he believed to be vacant.
    More Details Hide Details He later accepted a plea deal which would result in the charges being dropped following his completion of 100 hours of community service and payment of restitution to the estate of the homeowner. Ice's live performances feature a mix of newer, rock and techno-influenced material and old-school hip hop. Ice performs with a live drummer and DJ, and sometimes sprays his audience with bottled water. Ice's performances often feature an inflatable grim reaper balloon, a dancer in a clown mask, and confetti thrown into the audience. Describing his performances, Ice stated "It's high energy, stage diving, pyrotechnics, girls showing their breasts. It's crazy party atmosphere." Ice stated that his musical style was influenced by underground music, rather than mainstream music, and that his influences included hip hop and funk artists such as Funkadelic, Rick James, Roger Troutman, Egyptian Lover and Parliament. Ice is a big fan of 50's and 60's reggae and Bob Marley's work and has also stated that he enjoys Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, and System of a Down.
    In the Western comedy film The Ridiculous Six, released in 2015, Ice portrayed Mark Twain.
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  • 2013
    On September 15, 2013, Vanilla Ice performed at the halftime show of a Houston Texans game.
    More Details Hide Details Houston went on to lose the remaining fourteen games of the season, leading some players to blame Vanilla Ice for the losing streak.
    In mid 2013, Vanilla Ice joined the New Kids on the Block tour alongside Boyz II Men.
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  • 2012
    On May 12, 2012, Vanilla Ice helped in the launch of the Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington with a free concert for valid daily park ticket or 2012 Season Pass holders.
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  • 2011
    In December 2011, Ice played Captain Hook in the Chatham, Kent Central Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan, a role that previously belonged to Henry Winkler.
    More Details Hide Details He also turned on the Christmas lights for Rochester, Kent in Rochester Castle, as part of the promotion for the panto.
    In August, Ice performed at the 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos, where it was officially announced that he had signed with Psychopathic Records.
    More Details Hide Details His sixth studio album, WTF, was released on August 19 through Radium Records. While the record featured an array of different styles, like other recent Vanilla Ice albums, it also featured Ice's return to Electronica, with songs like "Turn It Up", "Rock Star Party", "Nightmare Disco" and "Cadillac Ninjas". On the new record and its numerous musical genres, Ice was quoted saying "It's like techno hip-hop. European. I live a lot in Europe, and when I'm over there I get way into the techno stuff and I get into new music. So I thought I'd make a record of it. I did the thing and it was a lot of fun".
    In June 2011, Ice filmed a role in the film That's My Boy (released in 2012).
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Ice portrayed an exaggerated version of himself, called Uncle Vanny. He also worked with Andy Samberg in the movie and while shooting, Ice collaborated both with Samberg and Sandler musically.
    In 2011, Ice published a book on the subject, Vanilla Ice Project – Real Estate Guide on how to succeed in real estate.
    More Details Hide Details The book was made available as a free digital download on his real estate website. The second season aired January 2012 while the third season started airing January 2013.
    In early 2011, Vanilla Ice appeared on the sixth season of the UK show Dancing on Ice as well as various ice skating tours surrounding the show.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Ice started filming a reality television series called The Vanilla Ice Project which premiered on DIY Network on October 14, 2010. The season is focused on renovating a house in Palm Beach, Florida with each episode dedicated to a different room in the house.
  • 2010
    In 2010, Vanilla Ice was featured on the debut single of the Irish duo Jedward, a mashup of "Under Pressure" and "Ice Ice Baby". "Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)" was released in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2010 via download and as a physical single on February 15, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Serbian musicians Slađa Delibašić and Shwarz released the single and music video Dizel Power. The music video and song feature various references to Vanilla Ice, including the performers dancing next to a graffiti mural of Ice. The video has reached two million views on YouTube. After signing with Psychopathic Records, Violent J mentioned that Insane Clown Posse were longtime fans of Ice's work; “We were bumping him way before "Ice Ice Baby" blew up. We were bumping him when he had his first record out on Ichiban. Shaggy had the vinyl and we used to bump that shit up in his room. It felt like two summers before that shit blew up.” "Thanda Thanda Pani" (Cold Cold Water) by Baba Sehgal was inspired heavily by Vanilla Ice's music and style. Rapper Riff Raff has mentioned in interviews that Vanilla Ice was one of his biggest influence.
    Vanilla Ice was a part of The Back2Kool concert tour with Turbo B and MC Hammer, playing worldwide in late 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Ice reunited with his former DJ; Floyd 'Earthquake' Brown for the shows overseas.
    Ice was a special musical guest at the 2010 National Television Awards in January, performing with Jedward for their remix and debut single "Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)".
    More Details Hide Details Ice also recorded his verse for their album Planet Jedward and appeared in the music video.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In August 2009, Ice announced on his official Twitter account that he had signed a contract with StandBy Records; however, Ice later left the label.
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    In March 2009, Ice participated in a Virgin Mobile advertising campaign titled "Right Music Wrongs", apologizing for his 1990s image.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the campaign, Ice was placed on "trial", and was voted innocent by users of the campaign website. He also appeared in a commercial for the South African light beer Castle Lite.
    On February 27, 2009, Ice performed as part of a joint performance with MC Hammer in Orem, Utah called "Hammer Pants And Ice", which featured twenty four dancers and a full choir.
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  • 2008
    In September 2008, Ice signed a contract with Cleopatra Records, recording the cover album Vanilla Ice Is Back! at the label's request.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released on November 4, 2008, and contained covers of songs by Public Enemy, House of Pain, Bob Marley, and Cypress Hill. IGN reviewer Spence D. called the album "an embarrassing endeavor that sounds like it should have stayed locked inside Ice's studio (or at the very least leaked on YouTube and passed off as a piss take)."
    On April 10, 2008, Ice was arrested in Palm Beach County on a battery charge for allegedly kicking and hitting his wife.
    More Details Hide Details He was released the following day after she declared that her husband had only pushed her. In court, the couple's neighbor, Frank Morales, stated that it was merely a verbal argument. Ice was ordered by a Florida court to stay away from his wife following his arrest, and to communicate with his children only if Morales accompanied him. The judge told Ice that he could only contact his wife via telephone. On April 29, 2008, Ice's lawyers, Bradford Cohen and Joseph LoRusso, were able to get the case dropped after providing the state attorney with evidence that conflicted with what was originally reported.
  • 2007
    In 2007, Ice returned to a spin-off of The Surreal Life titled The Surreal Life: Fame Games where he again trashed the set after being voted off.
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  • 2005
    On August 2, 2005, Ice released his fifth studio album, Platinum Underground.
    More Details Hide Details Ice stated that the title of the album reflected the fact that he could maintain a fanbase without mainstream airplay. Allrovi reviewer Rob Theakston panned the album, writing that it "has more bad spots in it than most". Ice made a song titled Ninja Rap 2 which was set to be a hardcore remix. Aside the name, the song has very little connection to Ice's original 1991 single, but rather talks about his appreciation to his fans, his love to perform at clubs and playing at the Gathering of the Juggalos with Insane Clown Posse. Ninja Rap 2 was the first song to be released from Platinum Underground and was available to download for free off of Ice's official website.
  • 2004
    From January to February 2004, Ice appeared on the reality television series The Surreal Life.
    More Details Hide Details Although much of the series was staged, Ice found the experience to be therapeutic, stating that a comment made by Tammy Faye Messner during filming; "We are who we are because of who we were" helped him accept his past.
  • 2003
    In 2003, Ice contributed vocals to "Off the Chain" by 7x70, a side project of Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz.
    More Details Hide Details A demo of the song was leaked in June. In 2003, Ultrax reissued Bomb Tha System (the second part of "Bi-Polar") under the title Hot Sex, which was a single from the original album.
  • 2002
    He auditioned for the 2002 X Games in the freestyle division and placed seventh at the 2003 Suzuki Crossover challenge, according to Sports Illustrated.
    More Details Hide Details He told the magazine that the track "is where I'm happiest."
    With Quon back as manager, Ice was scheduled to appear in various reality TV programs. Ice, still an entertainer at heart, felt that the experience would be good for him. In 2002 he appeared on Celebrity Boxing, fighting Todd Bridges under the name 'Bi-Polar'.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, he appeared in five episodes of Hollywood Squares, eight episodes on 'The Farm' and three episodes of Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge as well as a cameo in The New Guy in 2002. Around this time, Vanilla Ice also returned to the world of motocross.
  • 2001
    Vanilla Ice appears as a video game character in Championship Motocross released in 2001 on PlayStation 2.
    More Details Hide Details The hairstylist character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is also molded after Vanilla Ice. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck 'The Iceman' Lidell used Ice's song Too Cold for his entrance to the ring. In 2007, Nike released Vanilla Ice shoes for their Fallen Heroes pack. Rapper G-Child, best known for her appearance on ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show, has credited Ice as being a major influence on her work. After meeting Ice in 2000, G-Child performed freestyle raps at six of Ice's performances, and opened for him four times. The late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard appeared on stage with Vanilla Ice during the 2004 Gathering of the Juggalos and expressed interest in working on a song together after stating that he was Ice's "greatest fan".
  • 2000
    Bradley Torreano of Allrovi disliked the album, criticizing it as "wildly uneven and at times hilariously bad", but also stating "Vanilla Ice is still better than a lot of the rap-metal bands that erupted in 2000/2001." and the rap beats on Bomb Tha System "are surprisingly solid".
    More Details Hide Details In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, Rob Kemp gave the album one out of five stars, calling the album "utterly listless". According to a Sony BMG executive, sales of Bi-Polar were "not bad for Vanilla Ice. That's pretty respectable. Seriously."
    In October 2000, Ice announced that his next album would be titled Skabz, and that Chuck D was confirmed to appear on the album.
    More Details Hide Details It was initially planned as a double album featuring a disc containing rock-oriented material and a disc of hip hop songs. In July 2001, Ice performed at the second Gathering of the Juggalos. On October 23, 2001, Skabz and Bomb Tha System were released as a together as Bi-Polar. The album also featured La the Darkman, Perla, Insane Poetry and Bob Kakaha.
    In May 2000, Ice wrestled in a match promoted by Juggalo Championship Wrestling, then known as Juggalo Championshit Wrestling, filling in for Insane Clown Posse member Shaggy 2 Dope, who had been injured during a match.
    More Details Hide Details MTV News reported that Insane Clown Posse would make an appearance on Ice's next album, tentatively titled Bomb Tha System.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Later in 1999, MTV asked Vanilla Ice to join their cast to "retire" the music video for "Ice Ice Baby" on the MTV special 25 Lame, in which Ice himself was asked to destroy the video's master tape.
    More Details Hide Details When Ice was given a baseball bat, he ended up destroying not only the film but the show's entire set as well. In 2001, DJ ReAnimator remixed "Ice Ice Baby" with Vanilla Ice re-doing his vocals for the track. Ice Ice Baby 2001 was released as a single and music video for the European market spawning a wave of new overseas interest in Vanilla Ice. Having attracted a following outside of his former mainstream audience, Ice began recording independently, despite still being signed at Universal. During a recording session, Ice met the all-female American hard rock band from Southern California, Betty Blowtorch. The late Bianca Halstead bonded with Ice and asked if he wanted to contribute a rap interlude to their track Size Queen. On Ice's collaboration with the band, lead vocalist and bassist Halstead was quoted saying "I asked him if he could rap over track and he said he can rap over anything. And he could!" Per his stepfather's request, Ice started working with his former manager Tommy Quon again, while hoping to re-create some of the magic that they worked hard on in the early 90's, Ice denied any interest in trying to become big again and that his only passion was music, not fame.
    Vanilla Ice was a member of the softball team The Hip Hop Stars alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Method Man in a 1999 game shown on MTV Rock N' Jock.
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  • 1997
    Ice married Laura Giaritta in 1997; they have two daughters, Dusti Rain (born 1998) and KeeLee Breeze (born 2000).
    More Details Hide Details Ice describes himself as a "Juggalo", a fan of Psychopathic Records hip hop groups, and was a vegetarian for a short time. In August 8, 1988, Ice was arrested in South Dallas for illegal drag racing. On June 3, 1991, he was arrested in Los Angeles on firearm charges after threatening a homeless man, James N. Gregory, with a pistol. Gregory had approached Ice's car outside of a supermarket and attempted to sell him a silver chain. Ice and his bodyguard were charged with three weapons offenses. Ice pleaded no contest. In January 2001, Ice was arrested by police in Davie, Florida for assaulting his wife, Laura. According to the criminal complaint, Ice and his wife argued as they drove on Interstate 595. Ice admitted to pulling hair from her head to prevent her from jumping out of the truck's window. He pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct four months later and was sentenced to probation and ordered to attend family therapy sessions.
  • 1996
    In 1996, longtime associate and friend Monte Lipman signed Ice as an artist for Universal Republic Records.
    More Details Hide Details He did guest vocals with no stage name for the song "Boom" by Bloodhound Gang on their CD One Fierce Beer Coaster. Later that year, Ice opened up a Miami-based Extreme sport store that focused mostly on water sports and surfing, which he and girlfriend Laura named after his first mainstream album, '2 The Xtreme'. Ice later developed a friendship with producer Ross Robinson, who had become known for producing music by Deftones, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Sepultura. Robinson and Ice shared an interest in motocross racing. Monte Lipman hoped that Robinson would produce a new Vanilla Ice album. According to Robinson, others had attempted to discourage him from working with Ice, saying it might hurt his reputation. Rather than being dissuaded, their fear encouraged Robinson who agreed to work with Ice. In an interview, Robinson stated "It's the most punk-rock thing you could do." Despite not being happy with his old image, Winkle stated that he never had a problem with his older music. Ice decided against changing his stage name to something else, as he felt no need to run from his past, despite being uneasy with some of it and started performing again, booking a hundred shows a year.
  • 1995
    Uncertain about his future career, Ice studied real estate and started working on the side renovating and selling houses. In late 1995, Ice set up a recording studio in Miami and joined a grunge band, Pickin Scabz.
    More Details Hide Details The name was set to reflect Ice's career and how he was healing from his suicide attempt and that he was now "picking up the pieces". Ice expressed an interest in performing hip hop-influenced rock music, but found that the band was unable to produce the sound he was looking for.
    He met future wife Laura Giaritta a year after his suicide attempt at a Fourth of July party in 1995.
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    After expanding his Mind Blowin tour overseas in 1995, Ice sold his estate in California and took a break from music, rather focusing on motocrossing and jet skiing in Florida.
    More Details Hide Details By the summer Ice was the world's No. 6-ranked sit-down Jet Ski racer, competing nearly every weekend and earning a Kawasaki sponsorship.
  • 1994
    Ice attempted suicide with a heroin overdose on July 4, 1994 but was revived by his friends.
    More Details Hide Details After being revived, Ice decided that it was time to change his lifestyle. As a symbol of his attempt to begin anew, he got a tattoo of a leaf on his stomach.
    On March 22, 1994, Ice released his second studio album, Mind Blowin'.
    More Details Hide Details Reviews were unfavorable. Entertainment Weekly reviewer James Bernard called the album "more clunky than funky". Rolling Stone reviewer Danyel Smith praised the song "Get Loose" as "snappy", writing that although the lyrics are "inane", "the song is a thumping party, one of the few places where Ice loosens up. He sounds solid at the beginning of 'The Wrath' as well... In 'Now and Forever,' a wet dream kind of song, Ice goes back to goofy lyrics." Allrovi reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "There isn't a single moment that establishes a distinct musical identity, and the whole thing is rather embarrassing." Primus bassist Les Claypool stated in response to Ice's cannabis-oriented lyrics: "That's all fine and dandy and cute, but it could be misconstrued and manipulated by the wrong people." When asked about the drug oriented sound years later, Vanilla Ice said "A lot of the record is drug oriented because I was doing a lot of drugs at the time". Shortly afterward, SBK went bankrupt.
    By 1994, Ice received less publicity and became removed from the public spotlight.
    More Details Hide Details After becoming more interested with the Rastafari movement, Ice became a vegetarian, grew dreadlocks and talked more openly about smoking cannabis.
  • 1993
    After almost non-stop touring for the previous three years, Ice took a break from music in 1993 and began competing in jet skiing (becoming the 6th best jet ski racer in the world and obtaining sponsorship from Kawasaki) as well as resuming Motocross racing.
    More Details Hide Details Ice was interested in responding to his critics by having his next album surpass his earlier and popular work. In 1992, he started writing response songs aimed at 3rd Bass and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Together with his disc jockey Zero, the new album started production yet again, scrapping a lot of finished songs and re-doing others.
    In 1993, Ice toured Eastern-Europe again and premiered songs off his upcoming album in St. Petersburg, Russia in front of President Boris Yeltsin.
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  • 1991
    Del tha Funkee Homosapien referred to Ice in the lyrics of "Pissin' on Your Steps", which appeared on his 1991 debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here.
    More Details Hide Details Similar to 'Pop Goes the Weasel', the song negatively makes a connection between Ice and Elvis, while saying Ice alongside MC Hammer are mocking hip hop by being commercial. Vanilla Ice answered back to most of his critics in the song Hit 'em Hard.
    Ice also served as a spokesperson for Nike and Coca-Cola throughout 1991 and 1992.
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    In late 1991, Ice appeared in the Circus of the Stars and Sideshow, driving his motorcycle through a wall of fire.
    More Details Hide Details While his fame in the United States had severely dropped, Ice continued touring in 1992, playing in South America, Europe, Australia and Asia, premiering new songs like "Get Loose", "The Wrath", "Now & Forever", "Where the Dogs At? (All Night Long)", "Minutes of Power" and "Iceman Party". After a performance in Acapulco, the city honored Ice with a medal that represented "all the respect and admiration to Ice's music and to him as an artist from the Mexican people".
    Cool as Ice opened on October 18, 1991 in 393 theaters in the United States, grossing $638,000, ranking at #14 among the week's new releases.
    More Details Hide Details Reviews of the film were negative. Film website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from a wide range of critics, gives the film a score of 8%. Ice received a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star. SBK stated that they overexposed Ice and Ice decided to stop taking their business advice as well as distancing himself from the image that SBK was trying to create for him.
    In April 1991, Ice began to film the SBK produced Cool as Ice, in which he played a leading role.
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    Ice's second major release was the live album Extremely Live, released in March 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The album was a live recording during Vanilla Ice's performance in Miami during his To The Extreme tour. Premiering new songs like Rollin' in My 5., Road To My Riches and Satisfaction, the album peaked at #30 on the Billboard 200, but it received mainly negative reviews, with Entertainment Weekly reviewer David Browne calling it "one of the most ridiculous albums ever released", comparing it to The Best of Marcel Marceau, an album which consisted of two sides of silence opened by brief applause. According to Browne, Extremely Live "affords you the chance to hear inane stage patter and unaccompanied drumming, during which, one assumes, Ice and his posse are onstage dancing." Monte Lipman later stated that SBK only released the live disc to make more money from Ice's fame.
    While on tour in 1991, Ice found out that SBK had instigated the publication of the biography which detailed false biographical information, including claims that he had attended school with Luther Campbell and exaggerating his living conditions in Miami, which Ice later had to debunk by himself.
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    In January 1991, he was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
    More Details Hide Details Ice branched out into the film industry with an appearance in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, which he later called "one of the coolest experiences" of his career. Ice was very secretive about his personal life, with the intention of protecting his family. When a Dallas Morning News reporter asked Ice what his mother's profession was, he replied "None of your fucking business". In an attempt to rectify this, his former label wrote a fake biography in his name and tried to pass it off as his official life story without his knowledge.
  • 1990
    Vanilla Ice dated Madonna for eight months in 1990.
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    In late 1990, Ice began an eight-month relationship with Madonna, and appeared in photographs for her book, Sex.
    More Details Hide Details In the height of Ice's popularity, SBK licensed a 12" doll which was made by THQ.
    On the basis of Ice's good looks and dance moves, Public Enemy tried to convince their producer, Hank Shocklee, to sign Ice to Def Jam, but Ice later signed a contract with SBK Records in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details SBK remixed and re-recorded Hooked under the title To the Extreme. The reissue contained new artwork and music. According to Ice, SBK paid him to adopt a more commercial, conventional appearance. This led Ice to later regret his business agreements with SBK. To the Extreme became the fastest selling hip hop album of all time, spending sixteen weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 and selling eleven million copies. SBK Record executive Monte Lipman stated that he received calls from radio stations reporting over 200 phone calls requesting Ice Ice Baby. SBK wanted Ice on the road as soon as possible. MC Hammer, an old acquaintance from his club days, had Ice on as an opening act on his tour. Reviews of To the Extreme were mixed. Entertainment Weekly reviewer Mim Udovitch gave the album a B, citing "Ice Ice Baby", "Play That Funky Music", "Dancin'" and "It's a Party" as the album's highlights. Robert Christgau gave the album a C− rating, writing that Ice's "suave sexism, fashionably male supremacist rather than dangerously obscene, is no worse than his suave beats". Criticizing the technique and style of Vanilla Ice, Allrovi reviewer Steve Huey wrote:
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    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 under the title To the Extreme.
    More Details Hide Details Ice's 1990 single "Ice Ice Baby" was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts. Although Vanilla Ice was successful, he 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 was inspired to change his musical style and lifestyle. While his later, less mainstream albums failed to chart or receive much radio airplay, Ice has had a loyal 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. Ice is currently signed to Psychopathic Records. Robert Matthew Van Winkle was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 31, 1967. Van Winkle has never known his biological father; he was given the family name of the Dutch man his mother was married to at the time of his birth. When Van Winkle was four, his mother divorced. Afterward, he grew up moving between Dallas and Miami, where his new stepfather worked at a car dealership. Hip hop affected Van Winkle at an early age, saying "It's a very big passion of mine because I love poetry. I was just heavily influenced by that whole movement and it's molded me into who I am today."
  • 1987
    In January 1987, Ice was stabbed five times during a scuffle outside of City Lights.
    More Details Hide Details After spending ten days at the hospital, Ice signed a contract with the owner of City Lights, Tommy Quon and his management company, Ultrax. Two years later, Ice would open for EPMD, Ice-T, Stetsasonic, and Sir Mix-A-Lot on the Stop the Violence Tour. Quon saw commercial potential in Ice's rapping and dancing skills. Buying studio time with Quon's earnings from City Lights, they recorded songs that had been perfected on stage by Ice and his acquaintances with various producers, including Khayree. The two year production was distributed by an independent record company called Ichiban Records in 1989. "Play That Funky Music" was released as the album's first single, with "Ice Ice Baby" appearing as the B-side. Tommy Quon personally sent out the single to various radio stations around the US, but the single was seldom played and when it was, it did not get the reaction Quon was hoping for. When disc jockey Darrell Jaye in Georgia played "Ice Ice Baby" instead of the single's A-side, the song gained a quick fanbase and other radio stations followed suit. Quon financed $8,000 for the production of a music video for "Ice Ice Baby", which received heavy airplay by The Box, increasing public interest in the song.
  • 1985
    In 1985, he was focusing all of his energy on motocross, winning three championships.
    More Details Hide Details After breaking his ankle during a race, Ice was not interested in racing professionally for some time, using his spare time to perfect his dance moves and creating his own while his ankle was healing. Ice used his beatboxing and breakdancing skills as a street performer with his friends at local malls during this time. One evening he visited City Lights, a South Dallas nightclub, where he was dared to go on stage by his friend Squirrel during an open-mic. He won the crowd over and was asked by City Lights manager John Bush if he wanted to perform regularly, which he accepted. Ice would be joined on stage with his disc jockey D-Shay and Zero as well as Earthquake, the local disc jockey at City Lights. The Vanilla Ice Posse or The V.I.P. would also perform with Ice on stage. As a performer for City Lights, Ice opened up for N.W.A, Public Enemy, The D.O.C., Tone Lōc, 2 Live Crew, Paula Abdul, Sinbad and MC Hammer.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Born on October 31, 1967.
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