Originally released on Vanilla Ices 1989 debut album Hooked and later on his 1990 national debut To the Extreme, it is his most well known song. It has appeared in remixed form on Platinum Underground and Vanilla Ice Is Back, a live version appears on the album Extremely Live, while a rap rock version appears on the album Hard to Swallow, under the title Too Cold. Ice Ice Baby was initially released as the B-side to Vanilla Ices cover of Play That Funky Music, when disc jockey David Morales played Ice Ice Baby instead, it began to gain success. Ice Ice Baby was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard Hot 100, the song came fifth in VH1 and Blenders 2004 list of the 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever. Robert Van Winkle, better known by his stage name Vanilla Ice, wrote Ice Ice Baby in 1983 at the age of 16, the lyrics describe a shooting and Van Winkles rhyming skills. The chorus of Ice Ice Baby originates from the chant of the national African American fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha. Of the songs lyrics, Van Winkle states that If you released Ice Ice Baby today, it would fit in todays lyrical respect among peers and my lyrics arent, Pump it up, go. The songs hook samples the bassline of the 1981 song Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie, in later interviews, Van Winkle readily admitted he sampled the song and claimed his 1990 statement was a joke, others, however, suggested he had been serious. Van Winkle later paid Queen and Bowie and as a result, Bowie, Ice Ice Baby was initially released by Ichiban Records as the B-side to Van Winkles cover of Play That Funky Music. The 12-inch single featured the radio, instrumental and a cappella versions of Play That Funky Music, when a disc jockey played Ice Ice Baby instead of the singles A-side, the song gained more success than Play That Funky Music. A music video for Ice Ice Baby was produced for $8000, the video was financed by Van Winkles manager, Tommy Quon, and shot on the roof of a warehouse in Dallas, Texas. In the video, Van Winkle is shown rapping the lyrics while he, heavy airplay of the video by The Box while Van Winkle was still unknown increased public interest in the song. Ice Ice Baby was given its own single, released in 1990 by SBK Records in the United States, the SBK single contained the Miami Drop, instrumental and radio mixes of Ice Ice Baby and the album version of Its A Party. The EMI single contained the club and radio mixes of the song, the single was quickly pulled from the American market soon after the song reached number one, in a successful attempt to drive consumers to buy the album instead. Ice Ice Baby garnered critical acclaim, and was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts and it has been credited for helping diversify hip hop by introducing it to a mainstream audience. Entertainment Weekly reviewer Mim Udovitch wrote that probably would have scored with his hit rap single Ice Ice Baby even if he hadnt been white. Theres just something about the way its hook – a sample from Queen and David Bowies Under Pressure — grabs you, Knight and two bodyguards arrived at The Palm in West Hollywood, where Van Winkle was eating. After shoving Van Winkles bodyguards aside, Knight and his own bodyguards sat down in front of Van Winkle, staring at him before finally asking How you doin
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Vanilla Ice based the song's lyrics upon the South Florida area in which he lived.