I think Vanilla Ice gets a BAD RAP, no pun intended. He was the co-headliner of the sold-out "I Love The 90s Tour" on Saturday (10/22) night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. I've always been a fan, and I'm not ashamed to admit that. Like him or not, he was the first rap artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 (Ice Ice Baby), his major label debut "To the Extreme" became the fastest selling hip hop album of all time, spending sixteen weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200, and eventually selling eleven million copies.

Today, Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) is still an in-demand touring artist, actor and television personality. He recently appeared on Dancing with the Stars, and is currently filming season 7 of  "The Vanilla Ice Project" on the DIY Network. Ice couldn't have been a nicer guy, and made me feel totally at home as we chatted in his dressing room (right before he filmed a TV segment). He also brought my 10-year-old daughter on stage with him to dance and sing along to his hit records.

And if your still NOT convinced that he's a legit MC and can hold his own with hip hop's elite, just watch him freestyle with the likes of Coolio, Rob Base, and Kid N' Play. Another fact that seems to get lost in hip hop history is that Chuck D of Public Enemy was trying to get his label Def Jam (LL Cool J, PE, Beastie Boys) to sign him back in the day. I HIGHLY suggest you catch his live show next time he comes through the Twin Cities.


Chad Taylor