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Vanilla Ice

Robert Matthew Van Winkle (born October 31, 1967), 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. Van Winkle's single "Ice Ice Baby" was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts. Although Van Winkle 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, Van Winkle was inspired to change his musical style and lifestyle. While later albums by Van Winkle haven't charted or featured much radio airplay because of their less mainstream, rock-oriented sound, Vanilla Ice has had a loyal underground following. In 2009, Van Winkle began hosting The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network. His latest album WTF – Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus was released in August 2011. Van

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Vanilla Ice -- Houston, You Got a Problem ... But it's Not MY Fault the Texans Suck

Vanilla Ice
Houston, You Got a Problem ... But I Didn't Curse the Texans

You know your team's in trouble when you need Vanilla Ice to turn around your season ... but that's exactly where the Houston Texans are after a 9-game cold streak.Ice performed at… READ MORE >

Vanilla Ice -- I Can Save Justin Bieber From Being A Douche

Vanilla Ice
I Can Save Bieber From Being A Douche

Vanilla Ice fully admits he used to be king of the douches, but says he knows the secret to saving Justin Bieber from the same fate. Ice -- aka Rob Van Winkle -- came on TMZ Live to talk about… READ MORE >

- 297 days ago
Vanilla Ice -- Miley Cyrus is Right ... Justin Bieber Needs to Change

Vanilla Ice
Miley's Right Bieber Needs to Change

Vanilla Ice wants Justin Bieber to stop acting like a shirtless douchebag all the time and take Miley Cyrus' advice --  before his career becomes a big, fat joke.Ice a.k.a. Rob Van Winkle… READ MORE >

- 298 days ago
Insane Clown Posse to GQ Magazine -- How DARE You Call Us the Worst Rappers Ever

Insane Clown Posse to GQ
SCREW YOU How DARE You Call Us the Worst Rappers Ever???

You don't diss Insane Clown Posse and get away with it -- at least that's the lesson the rappers are teaching GQ Magazine for calling 'em the worst rappers of all time ... telling TMZ, GQ's… READ MORE >

- 378 days ago
Vanilla Ice -- I Got Some HOT Real Estate Tips ...

Vanilla Ice
I Got Some HOT Real Estate Tips ...

Buy low ... SELL HIGH ... at least that's the real estate advice Vanilla Ice is handing out on the streets of New York -- telling TMZ, now's a better time than ever to purchase a new… READ MORE >

- 544 days ago
Vanilla Ice -- Britney's 'Ice, Ice Baby' Dance was 'F**king Amazing'

Vanilla Ice
Brit's 'Ice, Ice Baby' Dance Was 'F'ing Amazing'

Vanilla Ice says it's "amazing" that Britney Spears is a fan of "Ice, Ice Baby" ... and tells us the footage of Brit jamming out to the song at a recent "X Factor" audition is nothing less than a… READ MORE >

- 742 days ago
Vanilla Ice Stops Foreclosure -- Collaborates with Lawyers

Vanilla Ice
Stops Foreclosure Collaborates with Lawyers

Vanilla Ice's Florida mansion was in jeopardy of foreclosure ... but only for a second.Ice lives in a gated community in Palm Beach. Seems Hurricane Wilma destroyed some palm trees back in 2005,… READ MORE >

- 923 days ago
Vanilla Ice Hits Man-Sized Juggalo Bong ... ON STAGE

Vanilla Ice
Hits Man-Sized Juggalo Bong ... ON STAGE

Vanilla Ice received the ultimate token of appreciation this month from the temperamental crowd at the Gathering of the Juggalos -- a 5-foot mega-bong -- and the rapper RIPPED it on stage.Someone… READ MORE >

- 1066 days ago
Vanilla Ice -- I'm Going to Gary Coleman's Memorial

Vanilla Ice
I'm Going to Gary Coleman's Memorial

TMZ has learned Vanilla Ice is committed to attending Gary Coleman's upcoming memorial service -- which begs the obvious question ... why?Turns out Vanilla and Gary hit it off when Coleman guest… READ MORE >

- 1517 days ago
Vanilla vs. Freedom: Who'd You Rather?

Vanilla vs. Freedom
Who'd You Rather?

With their rickety 1990 musical bones still intact, Vanilla Ice and Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory reminisced about the good 'ol days at the Hard Rock Hotel in Florida last week.Question is… READ MORE >

- 1668 days ago

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