The Iceman Returns. In addition to his role in The WB's second installment of The Surreal Life, Rob Van Winkle - a.k.a. "Vanilla Ice" - returns with a brand new album and a brand new attitude.
Hard-nosed and harder-edge, Bi-Polar, a double CD packaged as one and presented in two parts - Skabz and Tha System - is Ice's first disc in three years, and the proof is in the industrial-strength grooves he's laid down. It's a massive attack: the Iceman is back - with a vengeance.
It was just over a decade ago that Ice first stormed the music scene with his monster debut album, To The Extreme, which was certified 7x platinum a mere four months after its release and went on to sell 15 million records worldwide.
One of those just-right-for-its-time pop culture phenomena, "Extreme" topped the charts at #1 for 18 weeks. The ever-present "Ice, Ice Baby" was a platinum-plus single, and another single, "Play That Funky Music White Boy," went solid gold. Black or white, GRAMMY®-nominated, People's Choice Awards-laden Ice was the hottest rapper in the land, on top of the world. Or so you would think.
Soon enough, the trappings of instant success and the glare of the spotlight melted Ice down. It wasn't all wave riders and parties at his sunny south Florida mansion. There was the critical backlash, the "playa hatin'," the self-destructive abuse, the violence, the follow-ups that didn't live up. V-Ice went through some very dark times before coming out on the other end with a new commitment to life and to working through its often-harsh realities. Ice credits a personal connection to God, his marriage and two daughters, along with an approach to making records that helped exorcise his demons. Ice now describes his music as "emotional therapy caught on tape."
Bi-Polar, on BMG-distributed Liquid 8 Records, is made up of 24 original tracks in a two-part opus. Ice teamed back up with Executive Producer/Manager Tommy Quon to record the new album. Produced by Ice, Bi-Polar features a who's who of rap, rock and hip-hop masters lending their flavas. Chuck D., Insane Clown Posse, former Slipknot-er Josh Brainard and Wu-Tang's LA Tha Darkman all contributed to the project.
Ever since "Ice, Ice Baby," life has been a wild and crazy ride, and on his latest work, Ice has managed to translate that experience into an explosive new sound.