Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1) & R&B (#6); 1990

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In the years since Vanilla Ice’s #1 triumph, he’s been likened to the boy pop stars of early rock ‘n’ roll: a good looker who had an inconsequential hit. His lack of street cred notwithstanding, Ice was still the first rap artist to top Billboard’s Hot 100.

His charisma and confidence – the very traits that would draw fire later – gained him the chance to open for headline acts at Dallas’ City Lights club. Earthquake, the club’s resident DJ, produced and recorded Ice Ice Baby, built on a chant taken from the black college fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.

The bass line was cribbed from Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie. Radio spins and a popular homemade video helped Vanilla Ice score a record deal.

The resulting album, To The Extreme, stayed on top for 16 weeks, and knocked M.C. Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em from #1 while Vanilla Ice was opening for him on tour.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Vanilla Ice

Lyrics Written by:

  • Robert Van Winkle
  • Mario Johnson
  • Brian May
  • David Bowie
  • Freddie Mercury
  • John Deacon
  • Roger Taylor