This Week In Dallas Music History: Vanilla Ice Goes...Metal?

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It's hard to imagine how a one-hit-wonder like Vanilla Ice has managed to stay in the limelight for so many years after his hit "Ice Ice Baby" grew tired on the top of the charts.

Alas, in 1998, the troubled rapper had a small resurgence thanks to a change in genre. Long before he was on MTV's The Surreal Life in 2004, the rapper decided to try his hand at rap-rock with an album called Hard To Swallow -- and the Observer's own Robert Wilonsky was there to document it.

For this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we look back 13 years when Wilonsky referred to Ice as "the walking dead, a corpse who roams the earth long after his time ran out."


The story wasn't exactly a gleaming review of the artist's new musical path. OK, so, Wilonsky basically released The Kraken on Mr. Ice.

Hit the jump to read the entire thing.

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Check out the entire story in the Observer online archives.

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