Vanilla Ice biography

Vanilla Ice

Hip hop music, Musical Artist

1967 –


Who is Vanilla Ice?

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 under the title To the Extreme. Ice's 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.

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Oct 31, 1967
South Dallas
Also known as
  • V-Ice
  • Rob Van Winkle
  • Robert Matthew Van Winkle
  • MC Vanilla
  • Robert Van Winkle
  • Ice
  • Ice Man
  • Iceman
  • Robbie
  • United States of America
  • R. L. Turner High School
Lived in
  • Florida
  • Paris, Texas
  • Dallas

on July 23, 2013


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