'Ice, Ice Baby'. There. I know y'all nodding your heads. 'Ice, Ice Baby' was the first rap song to top the Billboard charts. The album it came from, 'To The Extreme', sold an astounding 11 million copies. It put hip-hop in front of white kids and opened the door for the likes of P-Diddy.
Robert Van Winkle was the biggest star in pop. He dated Madonna, toured the world and even starred in his own movie. Then it all began to fall apart. Rob's records stopped selling. He turned to drugs and even attempted suicide in 1994.
And things didn't get a whole lot better. He lost his shit on MTV (remember he smashed up a set with a baseball bat?). And he popped up on The Surreal Life - the show where former stars live their lives like an open wound.
But then the story takes a surprising turn. Rob got smart. He turned his focus to buying real estate; fixing up old houses and making a profit. Now he's exposing an entirely new side to himself. A side we've never seen. Rob has a passion and talent for home improvement that's brought him something he's always wanted. Respect.