Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where we profile beloved songs from the past and take a look at their interesting/funny/unbelievable/poetic/ridiculous lyrics.
STOP. Collaborate and listen: Vanilla Ice’s now-infamous hit “Ice Ice Baby” was topping the charts on this day in 1990. Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle (heh) wrote the song when he was only 16 years old. He famously stole the sample from Queen’s song “Under Pressure” and came under legal pressure (see what we did there) for it once his track gained popularity.
The lyrics on this hit song go from frivolous, with Vanilla Ice talking about how ill his flow is, to serious when he describes a drive-by shooting. Let’s take a look at some of the lines:
“All right stop, collaborate, and listen / Ice is back with my brand new invention / Something grabs a hold of me tightly / Flow like a harpoon, daily and nightly”
Considering this is Ice’s first big hit, we don’t know what he means when he says he’s “back” but we know this much is true: when his gift for rhyming and rapping takes ahold of him his flow just won’t stop.
“Girls were hot wearing less than bikinis / Rockman lovers driving Lamborghinis / Jealous ’cause I’m out getting mine / Shay with a gauge and Vanilla with a nine”
Uh oh, here’s where things get serious. Why couldn’t you just continue having some good clean fun, Vanilla? This is the first reference to guns in the song and is apparently based on Vanilla Ice’s experiences in Miami with his friend DJ D-Shay. Yikes!
For the rest of the lyrics, check out the lyric page.
Do you still love “Ice Ice Baby”? What other songs do you want to see on Throwback Thursday? Tell us all your thoughts in the comments…