The iconic Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice exploded on the Rap/Pop music scene in 1990/91 selling 10 million albums in 4 months and hitting number one on the Billboard charts with the number one single “Ice Ice Baby” and number one album positions. His worldwide album sales are over 25 million and individual songs total over 160 million and are still selling.
They are, undoubtedly, the group that changed the face of hip-hop as we know it. They also gave females across the globe a voice within their communities and the music industry as a whole. They are Salt-N-Pepa.
Twenty five years into their career, they continue to aspire to great heights with history making firsts. Not only were they the first female rappers to receive a Grammy, but they have also now teamed up with media mogul Oprah Winfrey and her talk show to become the one of the few select rappers to have the distinct honor to ever perform on The Oprah Winfrey Show during its history-making run.
Tone Loc soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song “Wild Thing” (using a sample from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin'”) a massive hit winning Grammy’s and countless other awards. The song Wild Thing was co-written by Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, as was the second single smash, “Funky Cold Medina.” The album “Loc-ed After Dark” became the second rap release ever to top the pop charts and one of the most popular of all time.