I got caught up on drugs for a few years, I'm off it, I'm very happy, got two kids and a family and everything. And like I said I'm making the underground music, and keeping it real.— Vanilla Ice
The most killer Vanilla Ice quotes that will activate your inner potential
Anything less than the best is a felony.
I live off a motto that says, 'yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery'.
I have goals and agendas. Where ever I'll be tomorrow, that's where I'll be.
Stop, collaborate and listen.
No way! Let me tell you, I'm no Elvis. Elvis had his time. I'm Vanilla Ice, and it's my turn now.
Be yourself and enjoy yourself. Show me a smile and I'll show you one back. Karma: Believe in it. It's real. It comes back to you.
To the extreme I rock a mike like a vandal.
If you grew up in my generation, you're going to be influenced by Run DMC, the Beastie Boys and also listen to Metallica - it wasn't segregated anymore.
I didn't end up going bankrupt... I made some great investments and I held on to my money, which also enables me to have the freedom to do what I want now. But it's not about finances. No matter what, it's about keeping it real.
It wasn't until '94 when I tried to commit suicide that I realized that it wasn't about the money.
I do freestyle jumping. Been doing since I was eight years old and can't quit. I'm addicted. I've broken many bones, but I ride with confidence. It's my thing - there's no high on earth like it. It's my hobby and I really enjoy it.
Rap is from the streets and I'm from the streets. That's why a lot of people accept me.
It doesn't sound anything like 'Under Pressure.'
I just kept it real and had the freedom to do what I want.
It's not designed for any age group. It's not made for radio. There are no edits. The whole album contains explicit lyrics but that's because you need it.
This was totally influenced by me and the direction that I am writing about and the stuff that I am writing about. There is just no way that you can be as intense as what I have been through in my life over a drum beat machine, sample, or loop; it's just not going to happen.
Drop that zero and get with the hero!
"Ice" came in when my friends would say "cold as ice" -- if you could rap and battle people you'd say "Dude, that was ice cold." It had nothing to do with jewelry. Back then, it was like "Your cold, dawg." "Vanilla Ice -- that's cold."
i'm okay.. is that what you really want me to say?
Act smarter than you are and always know where your exit is in case you get into too much trouble.
Show me a smile, and I'll show you one back.
My main thing is music; it's what I do.
A lot of people think I was an overnight success, but I was an opening act for three or four years, and then I signed my contract with EMI. Then it kind of blew up overnight.
With the mega-fame came the mega-downfall - you know, with the press and everything - and at a young age, it was very stressful to me.
Show me who your friends are and I'll show you who you are.
It works for me. Stay positive and good things happen.
Shows have been sold out. It's overwhelming, you know. I had no idea what to expect with this new sound and everything and just to see so many people just come out and embrace it, it's overwhelming.
I use the music to vent, and a lot of the stuff that I am writing about or was writing about contained a lot of anger and anxiety, stress and depression, so that's how the album came out so dark.
And all the zig-zags and lines in my hair? I used to do that myself.
I just thought it was cool that you could actually do that with your hair.
I don't know all the certain words to word it.
I didn't want the public in my personal life at all - I thought that people might perceive me as too normal, and I'd lose that larger-than-life rock star persona. You've got to protect that!
All my friends were black and Mexican.
I was the only white kid in our group and had to work hard to be accepted. Year after year, we'd breakdance and we all became close and they labeled me "Vanilla" - like "Hey, Vanilla" and they knew I hated it, so of course they kept calling me it.
I bring people on stage with me. It's a good time, and people love to join in on the party. Show me a smile, and I'll show you one back.
As for music and my place in it, maybe things are changing a little bit.
I know this: a good song is deeper than a tattoo. It'll remind you of the car you're driving and the girl you're going around with and the streets you're cruising. It's better than a photo album. A song is a tattoo that you never lose. 'Ice, Ice Baby,' man, you'll remember that when you're 90.
Honestly, a lot of people thought that I was on top of the world selling so many millions of records, and that this is the life that everybody would want, but I never got to enjoy any of my success.
A lot of people don't remember anything since 'Ice Ice Baby,' but I've got 3 records out since then and they're all successes - but not commercially.
Not everyone agrees on music. Some people like rap, some like country - it's all an opinion. F the critics.
For three years between 16 and 19 I was the opening-act-for-the-opening-act-for-the-opening-act, you know? And then I was on tour with Ice-T, Stetsasonic, EPMD, Sir Mix-a-Lot--legends--and went on to sell 160 million records. It still baffles me.
I just kind of shoot the finger to the critics.
I don't give sh - what a critic says. To me a critic is some loser who has no idea... someone with an opinion. We all have opinions.
I used the music kind of as therapy, and it's just amazing that I feel so free after doing that. I feel like I had it trapped inside of me and now I feel free. So it's been a very good therapy session for me as well.
My sound has changed. It's still hiphop, but it's more of like a rock/hip-hop show. It's high energy, stage diving, pyrotechnics, girls showing their breasts. It's crazy party atmosphere.
I'm to trying to say I'm something I'm not.
Black people understand that. I'm just doing my raps, my way. Rap is black. I recognize that and respect that. I'm just a white guy trying to rap, and I got lucky.
What makes critics dictate what is cool and what is not.
What gives them the pass to say that their opinion on music or movies or anything is what should be cool and what shouldn't. I don't think it should be up to one person.