Vanilla Ice
Bi-Polar


3.5
great

Review

by vanillaicefan USER (2 Reviews)
January 13th, 2009 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


From the moment I found this website, I knew that I would have to immediately set myself apart from all the other music fans writing. And what better way to do so than to immediately etablish my individualism by repping a legendary rapper, Vanilla Ice" Before you run away in fear, let me remind you of a few facts people often forget: Rob Van Winkle was the first white solo MC to top the Billboard 200, and his debut, To the Extreme, is the third best-selling album by a white hip hop performer, behind Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show. He has also been favorably noted by Public Enemy leader Chuck D on many occasions, noted for breaking the race barriers in hip hop.

On Bi-Polar, Van Winkle expands his musical horizons, adding styles of hard rock and metal into his mix, alongside a series of impressive hip hop outings featuring guest appearances by some of the most respected names in hip hop. The results are, for the most part, worthwhile. The rock tracks boast appearances by members of Slipknot, Stone Sour and Stormtroopers of Death, while the hip hop guests include Chuck D, Wu-Tang Clan associate La Tha Darkman and Insane Poetry's Psycho.

"Nothing Is Real" opens up the rock set with Ice expressing his gratitude for life:

You cant make me die
Now I testify
Through you I can see
Get from in front of me


The horror movie imagery of "Mudd Munster" is performed through deathgrowls:

Mudd Monster following me uh
It's hard but I really can't see uh
He lives inside the trees uh
Outside of New Orleans uh
He'll eat your flesh like Hannibal
Human type animal
Oh no he's after me uh
Mudd Monster psycho creature

Run, Run

No Face, no fingerprints to trace
Just like it never did take place
Bloody master psycho creature
Beware of the freak of nature

Screams of pain coming from the mud
Streams of rain up the blood
Half human half gorilla
Saskatchewan, cannibal killa


Ice mixes clean singing and rapping on "Primal Side":

Don't make me hate you for your lies

Closing the rock set is "I Know", a classic hard rock tune:

I know there's something going on
And it seems so cold
I know there's something going on
And it wont be long
I know there's somthing going on
How could you be so cold
I know theres something going wrong


Through the hip hop set, Ice mixes varied styles of production - taking influence from the underground styles of various rappers, some of which make appearances here, including rock-influenced beats ("Hot Sex" features Damageplan bassist Bob Kakaha), Wu-Tang-influenced Oriental instrumentation ("Unbreakable") and horrorcore chills ("Insane Killas"), while "Elvis Killed Kennedy" mixes rap metal and hip hop instrumentation with the raps of Chuck D and Ice. "Get Your Ass Up" is a banging track that will sure to get club-goers bouncing.

Many of the guest appearances are strong, most notably Chuck D, who contributes some of the best rhymes of his career:

Confrontation town front
I can't front! no, I can't believe this funk
got a backlash as long as some happy ass
clown, frown, I get down
in the trenches underneath the underground
under a blanket of hell you never heard rejected the sound
wrap your troubles in dreams baby in search of a theme

I can't believe I'm triple teamed
I voted, hope my ass wasn't railroaded

Ran for the border to avoid the slaughter
shit! I blamed that tape recorder cause you mad outta order
beyond categories, another East side story Uh


Not all of the guest appearances work, however. Insane Clown Posse don't tread any new ground, and you would likely be better off by skipping their appearance. The old school "O.K.S." makes up for things, with Psycho name-dropping Brotha Lynch Hung and Season of da Siccness, and the Darkman reminds listeners why he is a respected associate of the Wu. These appearances make Bi-Polar enough of a lively affair for me to recommend this album.


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taylormemer
January 13th 2009


4962 Comments


lol.

SnackaryBinx
January 13th 2009


2309 Comments


Mudd Monster following me uh
It's hard but I really can't see uh
He lives inside the trees uh
Outside of New Orleans uh
He'll eat your flesh like Hannibal
Human type animal
Oh no he's after me uh
Mudd Monster psycho creature


that made me lol

Iai
Emeritus
January 13th 2009


3553 Comments


oh god hes back

HIP ROCK RULES MANThis Message Edited On 01.13.09

Phantom
January 13th 2009


8968 Comments


[quote=review]The horror movie imagery of "Mudd Munster" is performed through deathgrowls[/quote]
...Srs?

Meatplow
January 13th 2009


5524 Comments


Must mention.... Vanilla Ice.... Hot Sex.... album cover..... FRED DURST.

http://www.casualjim.com/files/Vice-sex.jpg

Phantom
January 13th 2009


8968 Comments


^^^ That is worrying.

Curse.
January 13th 2009


8057 Comments


That album cover was disgusting. It looked like a porno with the Durst

JAV
January 13th 2009


2921 Comments


To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle.

This review would be very short without all the lyrics.

Phantom
January 13th 2009


8968 Comments


Cookin' MCs like I pound the bacon.

Had to watch the video again on youtube. Worth it for the dancing alone.This Message Edited On 01.13.09

Xxplosive
January 13th 2009


126 Comments


HEY LOOK A GOOD REVIEW FOR VANILLA ICE BY A vinilla ice fan........

MassiveAttack
January 13th 2009


2754 Comments


gotta give ya props on stickin' your neck out early on

bastard
January 13th 2009


3432 Comments



oh god hes back

HIP ROCK RULES MAN


gaslightanthem
January 13th 2009


5209 Comments


what's with the huge amount of hip hop reviews recently? there used to be like none

bastard
January 13th 2009


3432 Comments


well, i'd like to think i inspired these young peons.

but that would just be arrogant and pretentious.

gaslightanthem
January 13th 2009


5209 Comments


i mean yeah before the only reviews we got for hip hop were yours
obviously before that a lot of the popular albums like ones by kanye, eminem, wu-tang, gza etc had been reviewed but other than that the genre kinda went ignored on this site

Yotimi
January 13th 2009


7443 Comments


"Mudd Munster" really hits home to me. I too have experienced this caniballistic creature. I wish I had someone to warn me of this "bloody master psycho creature". But no, I was oblivious and paid the consequences. Thank you Mr. Van Winkle for sending out the warning for those unfortunate ones that live in New Orleans and are so near this half man half gorrilla.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 13th 2009


4970 Comments


hip hop awareness year

HighandDriving
January 13th 2009


3288 Comments


Lol, not this again.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
January 13th 2009


8570 Comments


Quote:
what's with the huge amount of hip hop reviews recently?

The new guy called sinnersparadise( I think thats the name) is taking the task to review them all.

botb
January 13th 2009


11608 Comments


HIPROCK RULESSS



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