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When Vanilla Ice faced criticism early on in his career he had an unlikely source of support -- Chuck D from Public Enemy.
Vanilla Ice, who visited George to talk about his new show Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, explained how the "Fight The Power" rapper helped him out in this exclusive web clip.
GS: "When KRS-One, who is an important rapper, said stupid stuff and people were jumping on you, did anybody in the game reach out to you?"
VI: "Absolutely. 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."
GS: "You were on that tour, right?"
VI: "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. Of course at the time some of those people just kind of joined the bandwagon of being a target -- which I was -- and I accept all that y'know. You have to swim through the trench to get to the other side."
To watch Vanilla Ice's broadcast interview with Strombo go here.
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"Ice Ice Baby" - Alliance, SBK Records
"Cool As Ice" - Alive Films, Capella, Koppelmann/Bandier-Carnegie Pictures
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" - Golden Harvest Company,
New Line Cinema, Northshore Investments Ltd.
"In Living Colour" - 20th Century Fox Television, Ivory Way Productions
To the Extreme (ALBUM COVER) - Alliance, SBK Records
I Love You / Stop That Train (ALBUM COVER) - SBK, Capitol
Extremely Live (ALBUM COVER) - Alliance, SBK Records
Bi-Polar (ALBUM COVER) - Liquid 8
Mind Blowin' (ALBUM COVER) - SBK Records
Hard to Swallow (ALBUM COVER) - Universal Distribution / Republic