He was raised by his mother, Camilla Beth Dickerson. His father left when he was four years old and since then, he has had many stepfathers. He has German and English ancestry on his mother's side. In his teenage years, Robert was a poor student who got dismal grades and skipped school often.
He was 18 when he was in the 10th grade, and dropped out of school. During the late 80s Ice made a living by washing cars. He observed the culture and dancing of some of his peers, and later signed up at a local nightclub as a performer. He was a natural at rapping and dancing and needless to say, the audience loved him. He later got the nickname "Vanilla Ice", because he was white. The single wasn't a huge success, and "Hooked" received poor sales. Later, in , a local DJ decided to turn the "Play that Funky Music" record and play what was on the other side.
Contrary to "Play that Funky Music", "Ice Ice Baby" was a huge success, and radio stations everywhere received requests to play that song. Ice re-released "Hooked" as "To The Extreme", which contained "Ice Ice Baby", and it sold over 15 million copies and holds the record for the highest selling rap record ever. Vanilla Ice fever was everywhere. Soon there was hundreds of merchandise, such as a Vanilla Ice doll and a board game. Ice was featured on a tour of 'M.
C Hammer', which influenced his dress style. Soon, he was wearing baggy jump pants and large, loud jackets with a quote on the back. Vanilla Ice joked they were different, because he adding one note in his version. Ice then released "Extremely Live", which contained music from one of his concerts. It sold , copies and reached Gold status. Later in , Vanilla Ice decided to get involved in the movie business. The movie was flop, having spent only three weeks in the box office before dropping out. Ice spent 2 years taking up motocross under his real name, and completely dropped out from the music world.
In , he released another album called "Mind-blowin'" which introduced Ice's new, dread-locked, dope-smoking image. Ice nearly died of an overdose of drugs, and was revived by one of his friends.
He later married, and had two children. In the next 4 years, Vanilla Ice focused on family life while still playing a couple of shows, mostly overseas or small venues. Then, in , Ice made a comeback with his next album, "Hard To Swallow", his first nu-metal release, produced by Ross Robinson. The album was a far cry from his earlier works, and featured explicit language. Although the album only sold , copies, it was well-received by fans and made Ice almost respected again.
It was followed by "Bi-Polar", "Platinum Underground" and "WTF", which combined nu-metal, rap-rock and hip-hop music with other genres, including country and reggae. More recently, he has had his biggest mainstream resurgence, hosting the series The Vanilla Ice Project , and recording a debut single with Jedward , "Under Pressure Ice Ice Baby ", a mash-up of the two songs. Sign In. Edit Vanilla Ice.
Showing all 35 items. In , he played a free concert in Birmingham, Alabama to promote a thrash metal version of "Ice Ice Baby". During the show he threw copies of his album into the audience and the audience responded by throwing them back. Was ranked in as the 6th best Jet Ski racer in the world and had a deal with Kawasaki. Wrote the first draft of "Ice Ice Baby" in 15 minutes when he was age In , Ice was stabbed four times during a fight outside of a South Dallas nightclub and had to spend ten days in the hospital.
Released a new album named "Platinum Underground". In his childhood town of Carrollton Texas, there is a street named after him. Fox in L. Then, a few years later, I took a break from touring, saw that my properties had cobwebs, so I sold them, and - to my surprise - I made a huge profit! It took me a while and a lot of hard times to figure out my purpose, I am so happy with my life. I just want to help make other people happy too.
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