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Robert Van Winkle...

I've just spent the last couple of hours reading up on Vanilla Ice! Yes, you read that correctly. Yes, I've voluntarily spent the last couple of hours reading up on Robert Van Winkle, aka V-Ice, aka Vanilla Ice. I must admit that I'm pretty amazed by some of the stuff I discovered, such as his music not sucking anywhere near as much as I imagined it would...

Though when I say that "Ice is back", I couldn't be more wrong. Turns out he's kept it going. Since the 1990 best seller "To the extreme" (which sold more than 17 million copies!) he's done five album releases, steadily been touring and a new album expected sometime this month (according to the SXSW wright-up).

Musically he seems to have moved towards nu-metal. Though his latest album is a double disc release (aptly entitled Bi-polar), where the 2nd disc contains a bit more traditional hardcore hip-hop stuff. I'm not really into either nu-metal nor hip-hop, as such I'm not the best judge of this, but a quick sampling of some of the songs leaves me with an "way above average" impression. Bi-polar also presents a rather impressive line-up of guest appearances, with contributions from Chuck D (Public Enemy), La Da Darkman (Wu-Tang Clan), Josh Brainard (ex-Slipknot) and Roy Mayorga (Machine Head, Soulfly) to name a few.

If you're curious of what a hardened up Vanilla Ice sounds like, head over to the downloads section of his site. There you'll find 30 second teasers of most of his released material, live videos and some other goodies. Personal highlight definitively was the "To Cold" video, a metal/hardcore version of "Ice Ice Baby".

The Helix ...loaded - poster

When looking at it now, it seems as though his career has (sort of) been picking up pace the last couple of years. Although I haven't seen any of it, he's done guest appearances on several TV-shows, movie cameos and "starred" in popular reality TV-shows such as "The Farm", "The Surreal life" and "The Remaking". IMDb's listing on Vanilla Ice also reveals that he'll be starring in an upcoming indie movie entitled "The Helix ...Loaded" (premieres on March the 18th in "selected" US theaters).

Don't know why all of this this amazes and amuses me, but it really does. Though I must admit that I'm rather impressed, for a guy everybody loves to hate he's doing pretty well...

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