"Alright stop. Collaborate, and listen" are probably five words that immediately start a tune playing in your head. Half the time you need to tell someone to stop, you find yourself auto-completing the phrase without realizing it. Vanilla Ice managed to completely take over the world with his song "Ice, Ice, Baby," but after that he seemed to vanish for quite a while.
Vanilla Ice's real name is Robert Van Winkle. He was heavily influenced by hip-hop because he felt there was a connection to poetry. "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," he said.
His name "Vanilla Ice" came from his nickname as a kid. His friends called him "Vanilla" when they were breakdancing because he was the only white member of the group. He mixed that with the dance move "The Ice" to get Vanilla Ice when he became a street performer. He had his own group called The Vanilla Ice Posse, and it was around that time that he wrote his hit song.
He wrote "Ice Ice Baby" when he was only 16 years old, but it was actually a dare that got his hit song out there. He was at a local mall with friends when they dared him to perform at an open mic. He won over the crowd and managed to get a regular gig out of it, which ended up leading to him being discovered and sent on tour with N.W.A., Public Enemy, and even MC Hammer.
It was in 1987 that Vanilla Ice was involved in a huge fight which ended up getting him stabbed five times. But it was after this that he recorded his first album. "Play that Funky Music" was supposed to be his lead single, with "Ice, Ice, Baby" as the B-side. His lead single wasn't doing well, but when one radio station played the opposite side instead, they found that people absolutely went bananas for it.