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Biography

Biography

Episode Description

Profile of the hip-hop singer who soared to stardom, and then saw his career crash and burn just as quickly. Born Robert Van Winkle, he excelled in break dancing, and was given his famous nickname by fellow break dancers because he was white. His hit song "Ice Ice Baby" put him at the top of the charts, but he soon faltered. He was accused of being a fraud because of false statements about his past, and he was forced to share royalties with a rapper who claimed he co-wrote "Ice Ice Baby." In a fragile state, Vanilla Ice wrote a suicide note and ingested massive amounts of drugs and alcohol. He survived, and went on to find more success in a second career as a reality show star.

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