Vanilla Ice Says He Broke Barriers In Hip Hop

Vanilla Ice recently credited himself for taking Rap mainstream and breaking sampling barriers.

Vanilla Ice recently discussed how he feels he has impacted Hip Hop.

"Sampling barriers, I broke down," Vanilla Ice said in a recent interview with "They made a spectacle out of it and it made it okay for Puff Daddy and everybody else to go make music. They figured it out. There was nobody before me that I could use as a guideline. [I] took rap mainstream. I had the first Rap song that had ever been #1 on the Pop charts. The most-sold Rap record in the history of the world, and that’s extreme. 160 million. The fastest-selling [Hip Hop album] of all time, and it still stands today. I don’t think it will ever be broken at this point." 

During the interview, Ice was also asked if he would return to music.

"I never really leave music," Ice said. "I love poetry, I’m always writing poems. One day I will [come back]. It’s not a light switch. I don’t do it for financial reasons, I make music ’cause it’s my diary and I love poetry. I will always make music, I never left it. Right now I’m into construction and real estate. The show is #1 on the network, and I’m really proud of it. We’re enjoying the experience. When you have a couple of passions that you really love, I don’t think you have to focus on just one." 

Another passion of his is acting, though he says he remains focused on his work in television.

"Well I just had a movie with Adam Sandler called That’s My Boy," Vanilla Ice said. "It did well at the box office. I do plan to continue with my acting but I’m not focusing on that right now, I’m focusing on the Amish thing. After the Amish show airs we’re filming right now another season [of the 'Vanilla Ice Project']. I’m definitely going to continue with real estate. It’s fun. It’s a passion. It’s been bad news for real estate for about eight years and people are trying to get back into living the dream, which is owning your own home and decorating it the way you want. Many people’s dream has been ripped right out from in front of them because of foreclosures and tuition or something like that. This puts people in a different mindset. It’s motivating and inspirational and we come up with some great ideas." 

Vanilla Ice Discusses His Program, "Vanilla Ice Goes Amish"

His new program "Vanilla Ice Goes Amish" appears on the DIY network. During the interview, Ice also spoke about his experiences while making the show.

"I got chores," he said. "I had to shovel pig shit, manure and scatter it across the field for fertilization. I had to clean the stalls, I had to dag the sheep, which means I had to groom the hair that grows on the sheep and trim it off. I put the world’s first Vanilla Ice zig-zag hairdo on a sheep. I had the shaped line in the back of my hair so I did that on a sheep and it was hilarious. I drove a buggie everywhere, drove it through a drive-thru. I wanted to kill the rooster and make breakfast with it. And just feeding the animals, taking care of the babies. I had to help a cat give birth. Its head got stuck half way out. I had to reach in there and pull this thing out. It was at the same time disgusting and emotional, too. So I had to birth this very cute and beautiful little baby cat that I named Baby Ice. You just get used to it after a while. You get used to taking showers once a week. It’s the way they do it and if you really want to walk in their shoes, you’ve got to do it like that."

Vanilla Ice released his 1989 debut album, Hooked, a project that featured his most successful hit to date, "Ice Ice Baby." The song sampled a bass line from David Bowie and Queen's hit, "Under Pressure." The song was later re-released on SBK Records for Vanilla Ice's follow-up album, 1990's To the Extreme. The album's second single, "Play that Funky Music," became Ice's second hit. That track sampled Wild Cherry's song by the same name.  

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  • qas

    vanilla ice, ice cube and ice t making an album together coming soon, producers including the bomb squad, rza, alchemist, dr dre, dj muggs it gonna be wicked featured guest include flavor flav, action bronson, b real among others.

  • Anonymous

    One song bro, one record, yeah it was everywhere and then...... wasn't there a lawsuit regarding that song being a rip-off of someone else's song. That sampling credit this fool 's trying to get, go tell that bullshit to a 5 year old.

  • James

    The world wasn't ready for a white rapper back then. He also didn't have someone like Dre in his corner. I'm not saying he comes even close to eminem's talent, but my statement is still true.

    • weynos

      To Anonymous - 3rd Bass, YBT and House of Pain did NOT become big until after Vanilla Ice's mainstream success. And Vanilla Ice opened up for Ice-T, NWA, EPMD, Sir Mix A Lot and MC Hammer for five years before making it big.

    • Anonymous

      They had the Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass, YBT, and pre House of Pain rollin with Ice T Everlast. The hip hop world wasn't into giving passes to corny rappers back then that's more accurate to say.

  • Bobby Chill

    .......what about pretty much every other rap artist before you that used samples in their music? Naw, don't worry about them. It was Vanilla Ice that broke down the sampling barriers. He made it possible for others to make music.

    • hellraiser

      You have to understand that Ice Ice Baby was the first hip hop single to top the pop charts and for 16 weeks straight - becoming the fastest selling hip hop album in the world. He brought sampling mainstream. Before that, it wasn't considered normal for artists to sue rappers for sampling - mostly because they would lose money going to court. With Vanilla Ice going 17x Platinum - Queen could actually get their money's worth taking him to court.

  • bios

    Anyone who claims that Ice was never respected by serious rap fans doesn't know their history. Chuck D has said repeatedly that when he went to Ice gigs before he was famous, his shows were mostly attended by young black rap fans, NOT clueless suburban white kids. I saw V.Ice live back in 1991, when he was in his commercial prime, right before the slump, and i gotta say he put on a great show. He definitely knows how to rock a crowd. Also, unlike M.C Hammer, Ice invested his money properly and didn't go broke. He was smart enough to sell his mansion in Miami at the right time and put his money elsewhere. He did screw up the credibility of white rappers for at least a decade though.

  • Anonymous

    "He didn't sell that much" Whether he did or didn't, that was still a feat, and is still higher than Kendrick will ever achieve.

  • Candyman

    Any rapper in their right mind would have killed to have Rob's spot in TMNT II!

  • Anonymous

    So....we'll just act like Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, Kurtis Blow, The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, never existed and had mainstream success. I was around then. This guy was and still is a laughingstock of a rapper. Those millions of sold copies were for the guests, the lemmings, not the community, and if you can't stomach that, you'll never be able to face reality.

    • Anonymous

      Nobody's saying those people you mentioned didn't have success, but in a weird way, Vanilla Ice made history. Ice Ice Baby still gets played today. People all around the world know who he is, and like him. He was never the best, but he still sold more than a lot of people who would be considered better, so give the dude some credit for what he did.

    • Anonymous

      so you're in your 40's????


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  • Anonymous

    Vanilla Ice is the reason why white rappers aren't taken seriously.

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  • Anonymous

    not a fan of dude but 160 million is nothing to hate on

  • What

    Didnt suge take care of this punk already.

  • Anonymous

    As far as the sales of one particular album he is right, overall catalog sales no. People caught on to the bs before he could pull it off twice.

    • foreal

      agreed. yes he had a big hit but true rap fans heard the song and thought it was a joke. I liked the song when it came out, but i was like 3 years old. Today, i see the song as a record label trying to capitalize off the new commercial success of hip hop. They grabbed a white dude and made a catchy song that different demographics and races could dance too. Beastie Boys and Eminem broke barriers. not this clown

  • Anonymous

    "Vanilla Ice Says He Broke Barriers In Hip Hop" Yeah...he was the first to where a shiny suit in hip hop... groundbreaking.

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  • dentaldamboy

    Vanilla Ice remains the best white rapper to exist. Eminem is pop and macklemore is shitty R&B.

  • Fo

    Very true!He helped break down walls finance death row with his assets and cross hip hop over to pop,Which is the reason hip hop is so big.........also the reason it now sucks,but that's not his fault...

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    He didn't break barriers in hip-hop as much as slam hard into them without making a dent and leave a carcass that reinforced them.

  • Anonymous

    Vanilla Ice was nice son. It became popular to hate him after all that Arsenio Hall shit, but he was no faker than 90% of the other rappers, and I'd venture to say he was REALER than most of the motherfuckers out now. At least he has real talent. You can't fake those dance moves. They were mad 'cause he was a rapper and he was white, period. "You might think it's simplistic/ but I'm not a simp when you see me on the strip on some pimp shit". Don't sleep on Vanilla.

    • Anonymous

      lol nobody respected this clown when he was "relevant". NOBODY. Even 2 whiteboys, 3rd Bass, shat on this flunky called Vanilla Ice. All them records sold & money and not an ounce of RESPECT from his peers or the community. Nobody quoting Vanilla Ice bars, redoing his songs. Only clowns think he actually did something. Nothing but another culture vulture vying for acceptance.

  • yeaaahh

    Well, he's kinda right. I understand he lied about his background or whatever but he had a nice flow and could dance his ass off. Ice Ice Baby came out 23 years ago and it's STILL popular to this day. He made catchy & fun music..

    • neo71665

      He didn't lie, his record label did. He actually came out personly and set it straight. The damage had been done and that was the start of the downfall.

  • Anonymous

    for example sugarhill gang were probably just as offending as he was in selling out, but they also were monumental for hip hop.

  • Anonymous

    I'll say this, he probably gets more hate than he deserves. He was like the symbol for fakery and selling out, but many others who've done the same done get the hate.

  • Anonymous

    Vanilla Ice opened the door for people like rick ross dj khaled and a lot more

    • Anonymous

      yet someone hes still in most rappers top 5 dead or alive!

    • Anonymous

      Emenim gets love from many whites because he dresses up like a woman and has racist rap songs in his past. He likes to moon his fans and allow naked men to sit on his face at awards shows.

    • Candyman

      Vanilla Ice indirectly funded Death Row Records! He did more for hip-hop than Rick Ross, MMG, DJ Khaled and We The Best put together, and then some!

    • Anonymous

      i bet it kills @BruthaDee deep down inside knowing Eminem gets more respect in hip-hop than Rick Ross EVER will

    • Anonymous

      " credentials and backgrounds" correctional officer/ terror squad dj! puttin in that work!

    • Anonymous

      whats the difference between a white outsider within a non white artform and a correctional officer / and his fat palestenian hypeman?

    • Anonymous

      did you clip your fingernail yet?

    • Anonymous

      Wrong Lloyd Banks. Vanilla Ice was never a part of of the culture or the community, he didn't have the associations or affiliations to have his city behind him or a movement behind him because he was a white outsider within a non-white artform. Ross & Khaled have credentials and backgrounds that go back years paying dues within the culture and the Miami community. Vanilla Ice was kicked out of the HipHop community but not before he sold Diamond with his debut album....Vanilla Ice does get credit for paving the way for other white rappers like Eminem, Riff Raff and the Insane Clown Possee.

    • Anonymous

      hes still realer than william roberts

    • Young Guwop

      Funny but true. Don't forget Milli and Vanilli also.

  • Inadequate Fuck of a Man

    You must respect Vanilla Ice. At the end of the day he is a hip hop legend and made an appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 which was a classic film. If you guys were him you would want to be respected as a pioneer for the culture as well.

  • Anonymous

    not before the beastie boys...

  • Anonymous

    Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, that sounds like some quality programming. Wish I got the DIY channel.

  • Anonymous

    And they're both white.

  • Anonymous

    I don't mean to discredit anyone but it's funny how the two biggest selling hip hop artists are Vanilla Ice and Eminem. Eminem was best selling artist of the 2000's.

    • lol @ anon6

      we must be talking about you we're racist, but embraced the beasties, em, paul wall, rick rubin, bubba sparxx when the white folk talk racist on hhdx you're nowhere around to speak to them

    • @the first four anonymous

      CO-SIGN !

    • Anonymous

      All of you Anonymouses are fucking idiots. Go preach your white hatred/black supremacy somewhere else.

    • Anonymous

      Truth anon 1 & 2. That's why we call them C U L T U R E V U L T U R E S and they get upset when people like Killer Mike, Lord Jamar, and Scarface say the truth about them.

    • Anonymous

      LOL at you Guwop, what an incredibly stupid individual you must be.

    • Young Guwop

      Both anon's are on point. They wanna do Black things, but don't wanna be Black or experience what Black people go through daily.

    • Anonymous

      They're the biggest selling artists because white people only want to support black things when white people do them. That's why Eminem is every white dudes favorite rapper and that's why bullshit like 'twerking' is suddenly so popular after years of being ignored by white people.

    • Anonymous

      the white audience has always outnumbered the black audience. which is why genres like jazz, rock and roll, hip hop and other genres started in the black urban neighborhoods always got inflitrated and imitated to create that white icon with soulful attributes in order to sell to the white audience. another effect of racism, and fear of the black planet. know ur history......dammit

  • Anonymous

    "I had the first rap song that had ever been No. 1 on the POP charts." See what's the problem ... ? Quality of rap materials shouldn't be measured by pop standards, even if it's the synonym of 'records sold'. So he's right, he broke barriers in hip-hop, and the shit is flowing in since then. Thank you, Vanilla Ice.

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