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Vanilla Ice is a rapper and TV reality show personality whose song "Ice Ice Baby" put him on the map in 1990.
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He auditioned for the 2002 X Games in the freestyle division and placed seventh at the 2003 Suzuki Crossover challenge, according to Sports Illustrated. He told the magazine that the track "is where I'm happiest."
Vanilla Ice, once described as "one of the most ridiculed performers of all time," did not abandon his music. In 2005, reality television helped boost his next album, Platinum Underground. He appeared on an episode of Hit Me Baby One More Time, which had former pop stars competing against each other. For the program, he sang "Ice Ice Baby" as well as his own take on Destiny's Child's big hit "Survivor."
More recently, Vanilla Ice has been revisiting some great songs of the past, including his own "Ice Ice Baby." His latest record, 2008's Ice Is Back: Hip Hop Classics, features cover songs by such artists as Bob Marley, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill. In 2009, Vanilla Ice gave a concert with fellow 90s rap-pop star M. C. Hammer in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the two plan to appear together again.
While he has never recaptured the stellar success of his early career, Vanilla Ice continues to record new material and to tour. Today he says that "the music is for myself, not to be rich or famous."
Vanilla Ice now lives in Florida with his wife Laura and their two daughters.
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