American rapper and actor
Born: October 31, 1967
Vanilla Ice, born Robert Matthew Van Winkle on October 31, 1967, is an American rapper, actor, and television personality who gained fame in the early 1990s. He is best known for his smash hit single “Ice Ice Baby,” which became the first hip-hop song to top the Billboard charts. Raised in Dallas, Texas, he discovered his passion for hip hop as a teenager, and his break came with the release of “Ice Ice Baby” in 1990, propelling him to international stardom. However, he faced criticism for allegedly sampling Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” without permission, leading to a legal battle.
Apart from his music career, Vanilla Ice has dabbled in various ventures, including acting. He has appeared in movies such as “Cool as Ice” and has made TV appearances on shows like “The Surreal Life” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
Throughout his career, Vanilla Ice has experienced ups and downs, undergoing personal and professional transformations. He’s remained a prominent figure in pop culture, evolving beyond his early image to become an entrepreneur and a reality TV personality. His influence on the rap genre and his impact on the music industry during the ’90s solidify his place in music history.
Vanilla Ice’s 5 most popular quotes
- I live off a motto that says, ‘yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery’. I have goals and agendas. Where ever I’ll be tomorrow, that’s where I’ll be.
- Act smarter than you are and always know where your exit is in case you get into too much trouble.
- A lot of people don’t remember anything since ‘Ice Ice Baby,’ but I’ve got 3 records out since then and they’re all successes – but not commercially.
- Be yourself and enjoy yourself. Show me a smile and I’ll show you one back. Karma: Believe in it. It’s real. It comes back to you.
- If you look at the statistics, people spend most of their time in the kitchen. Aside from the backyard, it’s one of my favorite places to renovate.
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