Vanilla Ice is a rapper. Born in South Dallas, and raised in Texas and South Florida, Vanilla Ice released his debut album, Hooked, in 1989 on 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. Vanilla Ice’s single “Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts.
Although Vanilla Ice 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, Vanilla Ice was inspired to change his musical style and lifestyle.
While later albums by Vanilla Ice 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, Vanilla Ice began hosting The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network. His latest album WTF – Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus was released in August 2011. Vanilla Ice is currently signed to Psychopathic Records.
How Vanilla Ice Made His Money – Rap Music and Television Personality
Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million
Birthday: October 31, 1967