The Rise and Fall of Vanilla Ice, As Told by Vanilla Ice

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Being a white artist in a predominantly Black art form, Vanilla Ice was under more scrutiny than his contemporaries. He’d been hounded for sampling Queen’s “Under Pressure”, which only contributed to a laundry list of alleged transgressions against hip-hop. From being a “musical…[and] economic phenomenon”, his fall was cemented after the airing of Jim Carrey’s “White, White Baby” and a brutal interview with Arsenio Hall in quick succession, which had called his blatant whiteness to attention.
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