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Vanilla Ice - Discography (1989-2011) 38


Vanilla Ice - Discography (1989-2011) 38




Vanilla Ice is an American rapper, actor, and television personality who rose to fame in the early 1990s with his hit single "Ice Ice Baby". He has released six studio albums, two compilation albums, one live album, one remix album, and 25 singles in his career. His discography spans from 1989 to 2011, and covers various genres of music, from hip hop to rock to nu metal. Here is a brief overview of his discography, with some highlights and trivia.


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Studio Albums




  • Hooked (1989): This was Vanilla Ice's debut album, released independently by Ichiban Records. It featured the original version of "Ice Ice Baby", which sampled the bassline from Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure". The album sold around 48,000 copies and received mixed reviews from critics.



  • To the Extreme (1990): This was Vanilla Ice's breakthrough album, released by SBK Records. It featured a re-recorded version of "Ice Ice Baby", which became the first hip hop single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album also included other hit singles such as "Play That Funky Music" and "I Love You". The album sold over 15 million copies worldwide and was certified seven times platinum by the RIAA. It received mostly negative reviews from critics, who criticized Vanilla Ice's lyrics, delivery, and credibility.



  • Mind Blowin' (1994): This was Vanilla Ice's second major-label album, released by SBK Records. It featured a more hardcore hip hop sound and a new image for Vanilla Ice, who sported dreadlocks and tattoos. The album included guest appearances from Public Enemy's Flavor Flav, Naughty by Nature's Treach, and Earthquake. The album was a commercial and critical flop, selling less than 50,000 copies and receiving harsh reviews from critics.



  • Hard to Swallow (1998): This was Vanilla Ice's third major-label album, released by Universal Records. It featured a nu metal sound and a collaboration with producer Ross Robinson, who had worked with bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit. The album included a cover of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" and a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" titled "Too Cold". The album sold around 100,000 copies and received mixed reviews from critics.



  • Bi-Polar (2001): This was Vanilla Ice's fourth major-label album, released by Liquid 8 Records. It featured a double-disc format, with one disc containing rap songs and the other containing rock songs. The rap disc included a diss track aimed at Eminem titled "Exhale", while the rock disc included a collaboration with Slipknot's Sid Wilson. The album sold around 14,000 copies and received mostly negative reviews from critics.



  • Platinum Underground (2005): This was Vanilla Ice's fifth major-label album, released by Ultrax Records. It featured a rap-rock sound and guest appearances from Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, La the Darkman, and Chuck D. The album also included a hidden track titled "Elvis Killed Kennedy", which claimed that Elvis Presley was still alive and had assassinated John F. Kennedy. The album sold around 4,000 copies and received poor reviews from critics.



  • W.T.F. (Wisdom, Tenacity and Focus) (2011): This was Vanilla Ice's sixth major-label album, released by Radium Records. It featured an electro-pop sound and collaborations with artists such as Cowboy Troy, Andy Milonakis, and Insane Clown Posse. The album also included a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" titled "WTF". The album sold around 3,000 copies and received mixed reviews from critics.



Other Albums




  • Extremely Live (1991): This was Vanilla Ice's only live album, released by SBK Records. It featured recordings from his performance at the Reunion Arena in Dallas on April 10, 1991. The album included live versions of his hit singles as well as freestyle raps and crowd interaction. The album sold over 500,000 copies and was certified gold by the RIAA. It received negative reviews from critics.



  • The Best of Vanilla Ice (1999): This was Vanilla Ice's first compilation album, released by EMI America. It featured 16 tracks from his first three albums, as well as two remixes of "Ice Ice Baby". The album did not chart and received no reviews from critics.



  • Back 2 Back Hits (1998): This was Vanilla Ice's second compilation album, released by Capitol Records. It featured 10 tracks from his first two albums, as well as five tracks from MC Hammer. The album did not chart and received no reviews from critics.



  • Vanilla Ice Is Back! (2008): This was Vanilla Ice's only remix album, released by Cleopatra Records. It featured 12 remixes of his songs by various DJs and producers, such as DJ Gollum, Adam K, and Disco Fries. The album did not chart and received no reviews from critics.



Singles




Year


Single


Peak chart positions


Certifications


Album


1989


"Play That Funky Music"


US: 4AUS: 13CAN: 13GER: 19NZ: 7UK: 10


US: Gold


To the Extreme


1990


"Ice Ice Baby"


US: 1AUS: 1CAN: 1GER: 1NZ: 1UK: 1


AUS: PlatinumCAN: PlatinumUK: PlatinumUS: Platinum


To the Extreme


1991


"I Love You"


AUS: 28CAN: 30NZ: 17UK: 4


To the Extreme


"Satisfaction"


AUS: 36NZ: 35UK: 20


To the Extreme




2011


"Born on Halloween"


W.T.F.




"WTF"







W.T.F.