Vanilla Ice had admitted that he’s a fan of One Direction, and despite the fact that he rose to fame in the early 1990s in the hip-hop world, he has come to enjoy other music genres. The ‘Ice Ice Baby’ rapper, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, admitted that he likes all kinds of music while talking to Celebuzz. “I’m not some kind of hip hop dude that is just so bitter at everything..I used to dissect it and…take it too serious and too deep. Then I learned that a great song is just simply a great song,” the singer said.
Winkle added that he loves One Direction, saying “The boy bands are back, man, with a vengeance. And they owe it to One Direction. Because it was dead in the water until One Direction came back. And then they were like, well what about 98 Degrees? Or what about N’ Sync? Or what about Backstreet Boys?”
Now some of the boy bands who were popular from the 1990s are making a comeback. New Kids on the Block, who are set to release their sixth studio album, ’10,’ on April 2, are touring with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men for the summer Package Tour. Winkle said he thinks the tour is a great idea.
However, Winkle said he isn’t inclined to follow in the boy bands’ footsteps and do a comeback tour. “I sell out stadiums the way I am right now.” The singer is still successfully making music. “My records are selling. I have a number one record in the U.K,” he said of his sixth studio album, ‘W.T.F. (Wisdom, Tenacity And Focus),’ which was released digitally in 2011. “It’s still hip hop, but it’s like techno house music.”
Besides singing, Winkle is also focused on ‘The Vanilla Ice Project,’ his home improvement series on the DIY Network. But he said he would never leave music behind. “I never planned [making music], I never planned finding another passion in renovating homes. I stumbled up on these things and it’s just amazing. But [music] is what led to everything I do and, to me, it’s very personal,” the singer added.
Written by: Karen Benardello