YMMV / Vanilla Ice

  • Covered Up: "O.K.S.", from Bi-Polar, was originally an Insane Poetry song. It appeared on their album Faith in Chaos. Both versions were derived from the same recording.
  • Deader Than Disco: Ice is such an infamous example of this trope that he's practically famous now for being this trope. Ice did make a huge impact with To The Extreme, but as others have pointed out, he ultimately proved that it's a lot more difficult to make a Teen Idol (especially a white teen idol) within the context of Hip-Hop music, and once the controversies about his past happened, plus the gangsta movement making himself and guys like MC Hammer look tame, it was all over. He's managed to carve himself a fairly solid and dependable niche with juggalos, but as far as the mainstream is concerned, he's dead.
  • Ear Worm: "Ice Ice Baby", as well as a great deal of his other songs.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: V.I.P's, Ninjas
  • He Really Can Act: Though his Cool as Ice performance was panned, he's earned appraisal for his performance in the Captain Hook in the Chatham, Kent Central Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: He once went on a trip to Egypt, though this was not the first time a Vanilla Ice was in egypt.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Inverted - most of Vanilla Ice's fans nowadays tend to like his newer material better, although "Ice Ice Baby" is still widely popular.
  • Memetic Mutation: This short interview snippet of Vanilla Ice eloquently explaining the sampling in "Ice Ice Baby" has become a popular response to blatant denials of plagiarism.
  • Mis-blamed: When his original fall from fame occurred, he was widely derided as a bullshit artist who made up most of his childhood just to look hard. In reality, it was entirely the fault of SBK, who had authored an almost completely fake "biography" without his permission or knowledge to make up for the fact that he was exceedingly secretive about his personal life with the intention of protecting his family and was openly hostile towards anyone who pried (he famously told a Dallas Morning News reporter that his mother's profession was "none of (her) fucking business" when asked). His background, while not one of desperate poverty, wasn't exactly upper-class (he did live in middle-class suburbs for part of his childhood thanks to his stepfather, but he also spent plenty of time living in lower-income neighborhoods), and he had to spend a not-insignificant amount of time debunking claims made by the "biography".
  • Narm Charm: "The Ninja Rap".
    • Same with "I Love You".
  • Sampled Up: "Ice Ice Baby", from "Under Pressure".
  • Signature Song: "Ice Ice Baby"
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Detractors simply will not cease complaining about how he sampled "Under Pressure." It's as though they forgot that many other rappers sample classic songs! One only wonders what they said when Jedward did a mash of up Under Pressure & Ice Ice Baby.
    • It might be because of the lame excuse he gave for it at the time of the song's release. When asked in an interview if he had sampled Under Pressure he acknowledged that they had, but then claimed that it wasn't the same bassline because of one miniscule change they made to it.note  It also doesn't help that he hadn't gotten Queen and David Bowie's permission to use it.