The year is 1990, and 2 years after NWA caused a storm with Straight Outta Compton, rap music is about to get a new controversial figure. Meet Robert van Winkle. Having opened shows in Miami for heavyweight acts like Public Enemy, Ice-T and NWA, he committed some lyrics to wax. Sampling a catchy hook, with a very familiar bass line, a track was released that would launch van Winkle to the top of the charts. Robert van Winkle’s stage name, however, is Vanilla Ice.
At the height of his fame, he took the lead role in a loose remake of 50s biker movie, The Wild One. Named after his on stage moniker, Cool as Ice was released in 1991. The film was developed as a vehicle for the rapper, to cash-in on his popularity.
The film was shot by Polish cinematographer Janusz Kamiński who went on to win an Oscar for his work on Schindler’s List just 2 years later. But the director was David Kellogg, whose only other feature film credit is the poorly received live action version of Inspector Gadget, starring Matthew Broderick. Apart from that, his CV seems to be made up of music videos, adverts and a ton of Playboy videos.
Is this a combination that will make you stop, collaborate and listen, or is it a recipe for disaster? Ben and Foz put on some day-glo baggy jeans to find out if Ice can rock a camera like a vandal.