He was also interested in poetry and his childhood dream was Hip Hop.When he was in his early teens he also took several break dancing classes.They dated each other from the start of 1990 and continued it for about eight months.
During his meteoric rise to fame in the early 1990s, Vanilla Ice became the first white rapper to top the pop singles chart with his hit, "Ice Ice Baby." He quickly fell from favor, however, and has spent years reinventing himself and his sound.
The son of a music teacher, Vanilla Ice grew up in South Florida and Texas. Around the age of 8, Vanilla Ice began participating in motocross races. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas, but he left before graduation.
In July 1994, after receiving a flurry of negative reviews, he tried to commit suicide by taking a drug overdose.
He was shaken by this near-death experience, and stepped away from his Vanilla Ice persona for a time.
As the press investigated these stories, it turned out that many of these claims were exaggerations of the facts, or completely false.
Vanilla Ice later tried to blame his manager for these errors, and also said that he changed some of the information about himself to protect his family.
At the time, more socially and politically challenging rap acts such as Public Enemy were having a hard time getting played on the radio, while pop-oriented rap like Vanilla Ice and M. At the height of his fame, the rapper had a brief relationship with pop star Madonna, and even posed for her 1992 controversial book , taking on a funk-influenced rap style.
Fans and critics were not impressed, and the album failed to make the music charts.
That same year his second single, "Play that Funky Music," reached the number four spot on the pop charts.
The song borrowed its title and some of its content from Wild Cherry's 1976 hit.
During his meteoric rise to fame in the early 1990s, Vanilla Ice became the first white rapper to top the pop singles chart with his hit "Ice Ice Baby." After his fame began to fade, the rapper switched gears and became a professional jet-skier and later began appearing in TV reality shows.