"Robert Matthew "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle" (born October 31, 1968 in Dallas, Texas) is an American rapper, known today for the single "Ice Ice Baby" that topped the charts beginning in the early-1990s (see 1990s in music). At the time, he was also one of the very few successful caucasian rappers.
Van Winkle's first foray into the music industry is the little-known album ''Hooked'', released in 1989 on an independent label. Just 48,000 copies were sold, making it a rarity and something of a collector's item among fans.
His next album fared better: ''To the Extreme'', released in 1990, contained mostly the same songs as ''Hooked''. The album featured his best-known single, "Ice Ice Baby", a rap song about his MC skills, the Miami scene, and a gun-fight on A1A/Beachfront Avenue. Van Winkle's manager and financier, Tommy Quon, shrewdly chose a limited release for the single, and no vinyl release for the album, so that fans bought the more expensive CD instead; this led to ''To The Extreme'' becoming the first #1 album without a vinyl counterpart release. It went on to sell over 11 million copies, making him one of the most commercially successful rappers of all time. ...
|years active||1990- present|
|music genre||Hip hop music|