Vanilla Ice , born Robert Matthew Van Winkle in Dallas, Texas on October 31, 1967, is a rapper, actor and television host. Vanilla Ice publishes his first album, Hooked , in 1989 on the Ichiban Records label, before signing a contract with SBK Records, a label directed by EMI Group which will publish a reissued version under the title of To the Extreme . Her single Ice Ice Baby, released in 1990, is the first hip-hop single to reach the rankings of the Billboard .
Although popular, Vanilla Ice quickly regrets his decision with SBK, which pays him to adopt a more commercial and mainstream approach and publishes fictional biographical information without his consent. After a failed suicide attempt, Vanilla Ice decides to change her musical style and lifestyle. The following albums, less commercial, do not reach the rankings or are rarely played on the radio, but Vanilla Ice manages to keep a loyal audience. In 2009, Vanilla Ice animated The Vanilla Ice Project on the DIY Network. Her latest album WTF - Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus is published in August 2011. Vanilla Ice is now in contract with the label Psychopathic Records.
Robert Matthew Van Winkle was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 31, 1967. Van Winkle never knew his biological father; he takes his surname from the man his mother married before his birth. His mother divorces when he is four years old. Later, they grew up between Dallas and Miami, where his new father-in-law was a car salesman. Hip-hop influences Van Winkle very early on, which, in his words, "is a real passion for me, because I love poetry. it completely affected me and it made me what I became today>. Between the ages of 13 and 14, Van Winkle goes into breakdance, and his friends call him "Vanilla" (vanilla) because he's the only one in his band. having no African-American origin >>>. He keeps this nickname although he hates it. Shortly after, Van Winkle goes into battles and is nicknamed MC Vanilla. However, when he decides to breakdance, Van Winkle's nickname becomes "Vanilla Ice" mixing his nickname Vanilla and a breakdance movement called The Ice>. When his father-in-law gives him the opportunity to get a better job at Carrollton, Vanilla Ice and his mother return to live in Texas. He enrolled at R.L. Turner High School for a brief period before dropping out of school. Vanilla Ice writes "Ice Ice Baby" at the age of 16, inspired by words spoken during a weekend with her friend and disc jockey D-Shay, from South Florida>. The lyrics describe Vanilla Ice and Shay during a shootout>.
In 1985, he devotes all his energy to motocross, and wins three titles of the Grand National Championships of Dallas. After having broken her ankle during a race, Vanilla Ice no longer has any interest in competing, and decides to use her free time to improve her breakdance skills. At this time, Vanilla Ice showcases his beatboxing and breakdancing skills in the street alongside his friends. One night at City Lights, a Dallas night club, his friend Squirrel challenges him to go on stage for an open microphone. he wins the hearts of the public and City Lights manager John Bush asks him to play more regularly, which Vanilla Ice agrees to do. Vanilla Ice goes on stage alongside D-Shay and Zero disc jockeys, as well as Earthquake, local disc jockey for City Lights. The Vanilla Ice Posse, or The V.I.P., will also perform on stage alongside Vanilla Ice>. Member of City Lights, Ice plays alongside N.W.A, Public Enemy, The D.O.C., Tone Lōc, 2 Live Crew, Paula Abdul, Sinbad and MC Hammer.