“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

On the surface, this song would appear to not be as bad as its reputation suggests. The hook may be stolen from “Under Pressure”, but at least that guarantees a good hook (you know what they say, steal from the best), and the lyrics, while certainly not good by any standard, are nowhere near as bad as those of most of the other widely reviled Rap acts out there (Soulja Boy, Insane Clown Posse, the Black Eyed Peas, etc.). But the problem with Vanilla Ice was never really his lyrics, as is the case with most bad rappers. The thing that made him so hated was his smug, obnoxious performing style…not just his inauthentic persona (although that didn’t help), but his total lack of even a shred of performing charisma and his repellent attitude that just made you hate him from the moment you heard his voice. Ice’s noxious performance poisons every aspect of this song, to the point where even the stolen hook comes off as annoying, and based on that, the song pretty much deserves the reception it’s invariably gotten.

Verdict: Bad

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