For the rest of your life
every time you hear music
it will either only be
Vanilla Ice or Justin Bieber.
You CANNOT commit suicide
or stop listening to music.
WHICH ONE DO YOU CHOOSE?
Betcha thought you had it easy when you only had to choose between Nickelback and The Eagles, huh?
Despite the two decades that separate the peaks of their careers, both of these artists are very much cut from the same cloth. Vanilla Ice helped rap/hip-hop become a mainstream phenomenon by delivering it in a safe package that was so colorfully ridiculous that no one could take it seriously enough to stop it. And that was how seven million copies of “To The Extreme” managed to be sold.
Bieber, meanwhile, is the YouTube, social media offspring of the Vanilla legacy. Another teen idol with a huge following and an uncertain future.
But this isn’t about analyzing the context of their popularity, but the music that made them famous. I must admit that between them, Bieber is the unknown entity. I know I’ve heard his music, because I’m a person who lives in the real world and my ears are bound to pick up such sounds even if I’m not aware of it, but ask me to name a specific song and beyond, “Baby something?” I’d be lost. So there’s actually a chance I might genuinely like his music. Hell, I’ve been listening to the new Miley Cyrus album non-stop. Anything is possible!
But, here’s the thing–I don’t think I actually hate Vanilla Ice either. I mean, I LOATHED him back when I was high school, but now “Ice Ice Baby”, “Play That Funky Music” and his other songs kinda make me happy. Nostalgia and time does funny things to us all.