Originally Posted by esquire.,June 11 2005,04:03
I watched the last one just to check out Vanilla Ice, who doesn't get the respect he deserves. Years from now, historians will recognize how important and integral he was in the rap movement music. Without him, there would be no Eminem today. I still love his eponymous anthem 'Ice, Ice Baby' and crank it up whenever I hear it.
Good god, I hope you're joking. koji
Why do you think I am joking? 'Ice, Ice Baby' has all the qualities of a great song. 1) Infectious beat and sound. They took a great beat, from David Bowie and Queen's song 'Under Pressure', and took it to the next level to the panthenon of one of the greatest beats of all time. That little 'ting' at the end made all the difference. 2) Great Lyrics. Vanilla Ice was not just frontin' when he proclaimed 'Take heed, 'cause I'm a lyrical poet'. We haven't seen such beautiful lyrics since the rise of Rakim: Ice ice baby, ice ice baby All right stop, collaborate and listen Ice is back with my brand new invention Something grabs a hold of me tightly Then I flow like a harpoon daily and nightly Will it ever stop? yo -- I don't know Turn off the lights and I'll glow To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle. 3) The song has stood the test of time, where even today its message is still relevant to today's youth. If I hear it on the radio today, my body starts swaying uncontrobably to the beat of the song. If there's room, I'll break out into the Running Man. It still sounds as fresh today as it did when I first heard it through the radio. At that moment, I finally understood the possibiltes of rap music and what it could do as the song transported me to the gritty, violent underworld of the streets as a young white man struggles to fight the power. Gunshots rang out like a bell I grabbed my nine all I heard were shells Falling on the concrete real fast Even his more commercial work, 'Go, Ninja, Go' on the Â Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secrets of the Ooze soundtrack has a certain undeniable charm and je ne sais quoi. The lyrics he uses are decepitively simple. What he's really doing is deconstructing the lyrics in order to reinforce the theme of the movie: a return to the primordial and stripping everything else of artifice. Thus, you get: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO. Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO. GO GO GO GO. Sure, his work is unappreciated today and he's no longer 'cool'. But, there are anonymous fans out there, patiently waiting for the return of Vanilla Ice. The Iceman will cometh.. People better recognize that without Vanilla, there would be no rap music as we know it today. And, yes, I also appreciate the songs of Milli Vanilli. Who cares who sung what? They're still great love songs; I can't think of any better pop songs since then. Nobody will still play or sing the songs of Britney or Christina 20+ years from now. The only reason people will remember their names as those two women compete to act the raunchiest- Penthouse, sex tapes, etc.. But, we still fondly remember the soothing melodies of "Don't Blame it on the Rain".