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    Vanilla Ice

    To The Extreme 3 ( 1990 )
    Ice Ice Baby / Yo Vanilla / Stop That Train / Hooked / Ice Is Workin' It / Life Is a Fantasy / Play That Funky Music / Dancin' / Go Ill / It's a Party / Juice to Get Loose Boy / Ice Cold / Rosta Man / I Love You / Havin' a Roni aa

    This debut album by white rapper Vanilla Ice is, at the time of writing, 30 years old. I remember it well. It is possibly one of the laziest albums of all time. The big hit that opens the record ‘Ice Ice Baby’ has the Queen/David Bowie riff from ‘Under Pressure’ over which he sings’Ice Ice Baby’ and little else. Many people on Amazon rate ‘To The Extreme’ as a great hip-hop album. All I can say to that is that I want to buy a bunch of Eric B and Rakim albums and shove the CDs in their gobs. This album came out at a similar time to the MC Hammer album. You know, the guy with the stupid flappy and baggy trousers. If this Vanilla Ice album had been released in 1985 it may have fared ok, but in 1990 this sound was very out of date. You have every single track based on a famous song and Rob Van Winkle (his real name) just did not have the voice to impress the rap crowd, being weedy and light and without lyrical prowess.

    Here are some credits for you. Yes, lots of albums are collaborative, yet this? Well, make up your own mind.

    George Anderson, Engineer, Deshay, Beats, Overdubs, Earth Quake, Composer, Earthquake, Composer, Henry Falco, Engineer, Gregory Isaacs, Composer, Khayree, Composer, Producer, Tim Kimsey, Engineer, Michael Lavine, Photography, Paul Loomis, Composer, Engineer, Keyboard Bass, Keyboards, Producer, Janet Perr, Art Direction, Design, Craig Pride, Vocals, Tommy Quon, Executive Producer, Michael Sarsfield, Engineer, Kim Sharp, Composer, Producer, Mike Smooth, Composer, Robert Van Winkle, Composer, Vanilla Ice, Composer, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, D. Williams, Composer, Darryl Williams, Producer, Gary Wooten, Engineer.

    That is a hell of a lot of people to make an album in 1990 that would sound out of date in 1985. Considering Public Enemy and Eric B and Rakim were around why the hell anybody would buy this record astonishes me. Well, they bought it for the single. Ice’s voice is just too weedy and light to make a good hip-hop artist if you compare him to Salt-n-Pepa.Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim, Run DMC and Ice Cube and many others that released records in 1990. God, LL Cool J released a couple of good albums and now is an actor in NCIS. Where is Vanilla Ice? On ‘Rate Your Music’ - https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/vanilla-ice his highest rated album is 1.59. Suffice to say, that is poor indeed and in fact possibly the lowest rating for anybody ever. Well, releasing an album in 1990 that would have sounded out of date in 1985 was not a good move. ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was a huge hit and if somebody can tell me why it was a huge hit, other than the people that bought it were stupid I would be grateful. Best song on this album? ‘Go III’ although he still keeps mentioning Vanilla Ice during the lyrics, when he does not need to. In 1985 it may have passed muster, this track. In 1990 no way at all was this a track any rap fan would be keen upon. Buy a James Brown album and be done with it.

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