This is so December.



Yes, you read that right. Vanilla Ice. Why? To go against the grain, for one thing. For years the name had become stigmatized in all forms of media, but it helps to take a step back on some of these narratives and look outside of the MTV lens. Years back, I tried to look into his newer records, but was disillusioned by the changes to his style. Here’s from his most recent album, W.T.F. (Wisdom, Tenacity, and Focus), which contains a combination of styles, original lyrics (this song, for example), and collabs with some well known rap acts and notable ghost-writers.

There has been a lot of criticism for Vanilla Ice, which seemed to be inflated by the industry more than anything. Looking at the initial spark to his fame over 25 years ago, I think he saw a lot more drama than he deserved. And for what? Because the industry propped him up? Is this any different than the giggy-era rappers who would appear only a few years later? The difference, perhaps, is that industry propped him WAY up, probably because he was a talented performer overall. But they overplayed his music, and when people got tired of the style he was put out there to represent, the industry turned on him…

I think that this video puts a few things into perspective. What I see is an artist who loves Hip-hop enough to keep at it after all of these years, through all of the ups and down of his career.

Warning: Intense lyrics

“holocaust is much more than a rapper, he is a war poet. this melody is dark, deadly and beautiful. i wish there were more lyricists such as this but can he even be matched?”