The iconic Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice exploded on the Rap/Pop music scene in 1990/91 selling
10 million albums in 4 months and hitting number one on the Billboard charts with the number
one single “Ice Ice Baby and number one album positions. His worldwide album sales are over 15
million and individual songs total over 160 million and are still selling.
Vanilla Ice won 2 MTV Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and was nominated for a Grammy.
Vanilla Ice has starred or appeared in the movies Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
, Cool As Ice
The Helix Loaded, The New Guy, The Bros, Big Money Hustlas,
and That’s My Boy
His TV credits include Celebrity Boxing, Hollywood Squares, The Farm -UK, Surreal Life, Celebrity Bull Riding, Dancing On Ice 6, Canada Sings Seasons 1&2,
and the DIY shows The Vanilla Ice Project Seasons 1,2, 3,& 4, 3
episodes of Ice My House
, and new series Vanilla Ice Goes Amish
Vanilla Ice performed pantomine live on Stage as Captain Hook in Peter Pan
, Dancing On Ice TV Show in the UK as well as doing a 20-city Dancing On Ice
skating tour. His latest TV appearances include guest spots on ABC - The View
, Good Morning America, Good Afternoon America
, The Today Show
and The Late Night Show
Vanilla Ice has had great success in Real Estate and has launched Vanilla Ice Real Estate.com with
mentoring courses in Real Estate investments as well as upcoming live seminars around the US.
His current TV show The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY won The Factual Award for the Best Home TV Show.
Vanilla Ice has toured consistently throughout his career since 1990 performing all over the world. The
last two years tour stops have included the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Australia and other countries.
Vanilla Ice has appeared in commercials for Kraft Foods, Zumba with a launched remix of “Ice Ice Baby”, a Vanilla Ice lighting line for Capital Lighting, Castle Lite Beer in South Africa, Virgin Mobile in Australia, and internet ads for Hotels.com and Turbo Tax, and ads for the 7 Eleven - LA market, and Six Flags – Dallas market.
Vanilla Ice discography:
To the Extreme (1990)
Extremely Live (1991)
Mind Blowin' (1994)
Hard to Swallow (1998)
Platinum Underground (2005)
W.T.F. (Wisdom, Tenacity And Focus) (2011)
Coolio is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor. He rose to fame in 1994 with his debut single "Fantastic Voyage", and later in 1995 with the hit single "Gangsta's Paradise", which appeared on the soundtrack for the film Dangerous Minds.
Coolio started his career as a member of the rap group, WC and the Maad Circle, which along with Coolio included WC, Sir Jinx and DJ Crazy Toones. He left the group, and in 1994 released his debut album It Takes a Thief. The album was a success, reaching the top 10 of the pop charts (#8 on the Billboard Hot 200) . The album featured the singles "Fantastic Voyage" and "I Remember," which featured J-Ro and Tash of Tha Alkaholiks. "Fantastic Voyage" was a hit single, peaking at #2 on the Hot Rap Singles, and being ranked one of the top 3 songs of the year by Rolling Stone magazine, Spin magazine, and Village Voice.
In 1995 Coolio released his second album, Gangsta's Paradise, which is his most successful album. It went quadruple platinum fueled by the title track, a song that also appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Dangerous Minds, and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The titled single also became the biggest selling single on the US Billboard Top 100 of 1995. It also contained another major hit, "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" that peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1997 Coolio released his third album, My Soul. It peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 200. It contained the charting single, "C U When U Get There", based on Johann Pachelbel's classic piece "Canon in D", which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. His next two albums were El Cool Magnifico (2002), and The Return of the Gangsta. Coolio's recordings also appeared on the soundtracks to Clueless (1995) and Dangerous Minds (1995). In 2005, he co-hosted the MOBO awards in the UK.
Coolio performed the theme song for the 1996 TV show Kenan & Kel, entitled "Awww Here It Goes". Coolio also appeared in a one-time role as the host of a pleasure palace in Space: Above and Beyond. He also starred in an episode of The Bill, as well as in an episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Nanny where he played the nephew of Ray Charles' character.
In 2001, he was a special guest on Beat the Geeks; he lost. In 2002 Coolio guest starred in the hit series Charmed, as a Lazarus demon, in the episode Marry Go Round. He played himself in the episode Coolio Runnings of the animated comedy Duckman. He also voiced Kwanzaa-bot, a character featured in the "A Tale of Two Santas" episode of Futurama. In fact, according to the DVD commentary, the producers of Futurama were so impressed by his range of voices, that they said he could do voice-over work professionally. Coolio reprised the character for the direct-to-DVD feature Bender's Big Score.
In 2002, Coolio was a contestant on Celebrity Fear Factor. During the third round, he referred to himself as "El Cool Magnifico" (which would become the title of his fourth studio album). That same year, he appeared on Celebrity Bootcamp and won. Coolio starred in the 2003 made-for-TV movie Dracula 3000, in which he played a space-faring stoner named 187, and the feature film Exposed, in which he played a rapper named "Bigg Heat". Coolio played the role of US Navy sailor Franky in the 2004 Croatian film A Wonderful Night in Split. In 2004 he participated in the German Comeback Show where he finished as third behind Chris Norman and Benjamin Boyce. He made another television movie appearance in 2005 as a military officer in the horror film Pterodactyl. That year, he also appeared i Joey on the episode "Joey and the Poker." Twice in 2006,
In 2008, Coolio hosted an online cooking show (or video podcast), Cookin' with Coolio, for the website and network My Damn Channel.
Cookin' with Coolio was such a hit, Coolio released a cookbook called Cookin' with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price on November 17, 2009. The book's publisher is Simon and Schuster. Coolio was shown on the Today show cooking soon after that.
Coolio starred with his family in the Oxygen cable television network's reality show Coolio's Rules, in October 28, 2008. The show follows Coolio as he tries to balance raising a family, starting a new catering business, and dating.
On January 2, 2009, he entered the Celebrity Big Brother 2009 (UK) house, alongside fellow Americans La Toya Jackson and Verne Troyer. On Friday 23 January 9:30 UK time he finished third in the Celebrity Big Brother final.
In January 2009, Coolio worked with David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving - Faustino's ex-wife is living with Coolio.
On February 24, 2009, Coolio appeared on Channel Five in the UK to discuss Barack Obama's election, stating that he would "take a bullet" for the President. He also spoke of his love for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Coolio has also appeared in the online series 'Man in the Box', which also stars Mike Polk along with a cast of Cleveland comedians.
He appeared alongside Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Jon Favreau in the director's cut version of Daredevil, where he played a kindhearted man who was accused of murder. This part was cut out of the theatrical release but restored in the director's cut.
Coolio continues to draw many crowds with extensive tours and continues to appear in commercials (recently on Mike’s Hard Lemonade commercials) and movies.