One of Hip Hop’s most notorious tall-tales is that the infamous Suge Knight dangled Vanilla Ice off a hotel balcony in order to extort back-end publishing credits for his hit “Ice Ice Baby.” Now, in a recent interview with LA Weekly, one of Ice’s ghostwriters claims that the incident is false.
Mario “Chocolate” Johnson, a former collaborator of Vanilla Ice, alleges that Suge Knight never put his hands on the Miami rapper. Johnson, who was managed Knight at the time of the reported incident, recalled the hotel meeting between Ice, Knight and himself, saying that their lawsuit for producer credits was handled professionally and without any threat of violence from either party.
“We knew where [Vanilla Ice] was staying because I was supposed to be hearing some tracks he was doing. He wanted me to come by myself. But Suge said, ‘I’m going with you,'” he recalled. “When we went to the hotel that day, it was strictly for conversation. Nobody got pushed – nobody argued, no shoving – nothing…when we got there everything was peaceful. Attorney David Kenner showed up, took a statement, and we got all our paperwork together. We didn’t make [Vanilla Ice] sign papers. Our attorneys, through Sony, fought my case against Vanilla Ice.”
He continued, “Vanilla Ice made so much up in his mind, he actually started believing it. ‘Cause I was there; no threatening, no nothin’. We had a normal conversation. He tried to pay Suge for my flight ticket for comin’ out there to produce stuff…we sued using normal courts and attorneys. You just heard it from me. It was more than a year in the settlement of that lawsuit that Chocolate finally got paid. Doesn’t mean [Vanilla Ice] didn’t get hung over a balcony, but if he did, it didn’t make him pay.”