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February 19th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Monday's Connector: Vanilla Ice

February 19th, 2010
02:06 PM ET

If you called him by his real name, most people would never know who Robert Van Winkle is– but, if you mention the name Vanilla Ice, that's a different story.

Vanilla Ice is promoting a new single.

Vanilla Ice is promoting a new single.

The 90s pop star became the first hip hop artist to ever reach the Billboard number one with his infamous single, "Ice Ice Baby".

Today, he's credited with helping bring hip hop and rap music to a mainstream audience.

Some of his other chart topping singles include "Play that Funky Music" and "Hooked".

Vanilla Ice has also had a string of notable appearances on film. He starred in the 1991 cult classic, "Cool as Ice" and received the Golden Raspberry award for worst new star.

However, after his initial success, Vanilla Ice struggled to keep his life in order because of mounting financial problems and a history of drug abuse.

Vanilla Ice attempted suicide in 1994, but after being revived from a heroin overdose, he pledged to change his lifestyle and get his music career back on track.

Today, the pop star is featured on the debut single of the Irish duo John & Edward.

Here's your chance to ask Vanilla Ice a question.

Does he ever get sick of hearing "Ice Ice Baby"? Maybe you want to know why he has teamed up with a pair of realtiy television stars. Where does he seem music today?