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5 Things We Learned About Vanilla Ice When He Visited George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
October 22, 2013
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When rapper/real estate developer/Amish supporter Vanilla Ice was in the red chair recently we learned a number of interesting things about him.

So many, in fact, that we summarized our learning in handy list form.

1) Madonna Was A Sweetheart

Vanilla Ice and Madonna dated in the early '90s. He also appeared in her book of boudoir photos, Sex.

"She was a sweetheart. We had great times. You take away the fame and everything and you got two people who just basically had a normal relationship. And I wish I could tell you more about it and throw some fireworks in there or something but it was kinda cool."

2) Chuck D From Public Enemy Has His Back

Vanilla Ice took part in the Stop The Violence Movement that happened in 1988-89.

"Chuck D, Public Enemy. My man.

"They embraced me totally. Got your back. And you wouldn't think of Chuck D from Public Enemy like that, but you gotta understand, when I started I was 16. I was the opening act for the opening act for the opening act for the opener on the Stop The Violence Tour with Ice-T, Stetsasonic, EPMD, Sir Mix-A-Lot... I grew up, I'm like a hip-hop encyclopedia...

"I was on that tour and I remember seeing Ice-T over there, Chuck D watchin' (going) 'This white boy can dance.' And they was watching me from a road case. And I remember going back, I was in the tenth grade, I remember telling people in the hallway, 'I'm on that tour.' Everybody's like, 'We're goin' to that this weekend. Are you going?' I'm going. I said, 'I'm playin'.' They said 'Yeah, right.' I said, 'You better get there early. You'll see.'

"So I did that and he's always had my back ever since. I've recorded songs with him and everything. I stay in touch with him and I got lots of respect from the hip-hop community."

3) The Late Tammy Faye Bakker Messner Is His Spirit Guide

Vanilla Ice met evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner when the pair were on the reality show The Surreal Life in 2004.

"She said, you are who you are because of who you were. Embrace your past. Whether positive or negative, whether you like it or not, it's you. And it's going to make you who you are in the future.' And even though I wouldn't wish my life on my worst enemy to get where I'm at I wouldn't change it with anybody today. I'm very grateful for who I am. I'm married 16 years, I got two kids and that's what the meaning of life is, family and friends. Not fame and fortune."

4) He Believes Young Pop Stars Need To Figure Out Their Purpose

After Vanilla Ice's career plateaued while he was still young he turned to drugs and attempted suicide.

"It's unfortunate for them that it's more entertaining to watch them self-destruct than it is to care about their new single. And we think of Britney Spears when she shaved her head... and she does the drugs, she loses her kids, Kevin Federline, all this mess, but she came out on top. I had a weekend that lasted a few years and it's like a snowglobe, it gets shaken up and it has to settle before you figure out what your purpose in life is. And then you have to transition from being a kid to an adult and that's hard enough as is, but throw money and fame in there and all the artificial friends you have around you telling you everything you want to hear and seeing your fans every day... you become a puppet. So you really don't know what reality is yet. And there's going to be a point where it all crashes and at that point you've got to figure out your purpose in life. Like, in reality. In real life."

5) Lebron James Can Cause The Amish To Embrace Technology

Vanilla's new show Vanilla Ice Goes Amish featured the rapper working closely with members of the Amish community.

"Let me tell you the truth, I went to take a leak around the outside... sorry folks, the barn, we're in the country, so I went to take a leak around the back side of the barn and I saw the old world Amish guy smoking a cigarette, on his iPhone. He was googling LeBron James." 

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