Cool As Ice
Vanilla Ice digs the White Stripes
By Jonathan Cunningham
On the surface, you might think rapper/hardcore veteran Vanilla Ice wouldn’t know good music if it bit his ass. He’s been the butt of a million jokes from his early days as the man behind “Ice Ice Baby,” but the Palm Beach County-based MC has fairly eclectic taste in music. He’s keeping his career afloat by recording with fellow rapcore legends Insane Clown Posse and making fresh tracks himself. As Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, puts it, “I’ve got a subculture following in the hardcore hip-hop scene. I’ve got the 16-25 year old market. They totally missed the ‘Ice Ice Baby’ stuff and that’s a good thing.”
The White Stripes, Icky Thump
There just an amazing band. Jack White is one of the most amazing musicians in the world, ever. Just to hear him put it down, he’s one of the most original artists out there right now and this album is incredible.
Slim Thug, Serve and Collect
He’s really doing it for Houston right now. I like his whole style
Chamillionaire, Ultimate Victory
I really like that slow flow. Ever since [DJ Screw] started slowing everything down and screwing up the beats, I’ve really been into this music. Chamillionaire is just a dope rapper. I’m feeling this one.
They keep reinventing themselves They’ve got a great live show and just when you’re think they’re whole style is dead and gone, they find a way to stay on top of the game.
Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds
Man I never liked him when he was a Disney act but he’s laying it down right now. I’ve forgotten about all that N’Sync shit. You gotta give credit where it’s due and this album is solid.
Slipknot, Collector’s Box
They’re one of my favorite heavy metal bands of all time. You gotta realize they get no radio play, no real support, and still sell millions of records without MTV. That’s phenomenal. I’ve recorded with them before and they’re just great guys in person as well.
Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad
That’s a bad-ass album. She’s crushing it right now. That song, “Umbrella,” is sick. I don’t know who wrote that song, but it’s great. Aside from that, the whole album is good.
Young Jeezy, The Inspiration
He’s holding it down, man. He’s got the Midas touch right now—all of his songs are like gold.
Jay-Z, American Gangster
This album is just ridiculous. Everybody in the world knows that Jay-Z is the hottest rap act in the world right now. He owns hip-hop and since Biggie and Tupac are gone, somebody’s gotta own it.