November 19, 1990 |
The glare of success has started to melt the mysterious facade of Dallas-based rapper Vanilla Ice, whose rap single "Ice Ice Baby" hit No. 1 on the pop chart. The Dallas Morning News described numerous contradictions in Vanilla Ice's record-company biography and interviews in a story in Sunday's editions.
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September 28, 1991
Rap music star Vanilla Ice pleaded no contest Friday to a weapons violation and was ordered by a Van Nuys Municipal Court judge to make a public-service video and pay a $1,782 fine as punishment. The singer, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, also was placed on two years' unsupervised probation. He did not attend the court session Friday. The charges stem from a June 3 incident involving transient James Gregory outside a 24-hour grocery store in Studio City.
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June 22, 1991
Rap star Vanilla Ice was charged Friday with carrying a concealed weapon and other offenses stemming from a Studio City incident in which he allegedly pulled a gun on a transient trying to sell jewelry to him. The 23-year-old rap singer, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, was charged with possession of a loaded weapon, carrying a concealed weapon in public and allowing another person to have a weapon in his vehicle.
November 16, 1990 |
Rapper Vanilla Ice's "To the Extreme" looks like it will hang on to the top spot of the Billboard magazine pop album chart for at least another week. In the next few weeks, his strongest competition will come from Paul Simon, whose "Rhythm of the Saints" inched up to No. 4. The Traveling Wilbury's "Vol. 3" traveled up to No. 12 in just two weeks. The Cure's album of remixes, "Mixed Up," is nearly as hot, reaching No. 14 in that same short span. Buoyed by her hit single, "From a Distance"--No.
January 18, 1991 |
Vanilla Ice's phenomenal "To the Extreme," which has sold more than 6 million units in less than five months, continues to dominate the Billboard magazine pop chart. Its strongest competitor, M. C. Hammer's "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," has finally faltered, slipping from its perennial No. 2 slot down to No. 4. On the chart nearly a year, Hammer's album has sold more than 9 million copies.
October 17, 1998 |
As if his earlier music wasn't. . . . Ice returns with a mix of hard-core hip-hop sentiments and heavy-metal-like musical backing. The rapper, whose 1990 single "Ice Ice Baby" made him one of the biggest-selling and most-ridiculed performers the genre has ever produced, scream-raps pitifully over angry tracks from Korn producer Ross Robinson about his numerous struggles. In stores Tuesday.