Vanilla Ice's Zumba Partnership Is the Cheesiest Thing He's Ever Done (VIDEO)


Vanilla IceAll right stop! Collaborate and ... merengue? If there was a problem involving a lack of overplayed '90s songs officially incorporated into Zumba fitness classes, yo, Vanilla Ice has solved it. In the funniest music news since Avril Lavigne announced her engagement to that Nickleback guy (bets on whether or not Creed will play at the wedding?), Vanilla Ice -- real name Robert Matthew Van Winkle -- has partnered with Zumba to release a freshly remixed version of "Ice Ice Baby."

Huh. Zumba, you say? Well, the good news is that this certainly helps his cheesy whitebread image and will surely give him some long-needed musical credibility while putting to rest all the snickers and jokes made at his expense OH WAIT.

All right, fine, that was a little mean -- but come on, what kind of reaction can he possibly expect from this announcement? "Oh, Vanilla Ice retooled his one-hit-wonder song in order to milk a few extra royalties from the Zumba crowd? Out of all his increasingly painful stylistic changes, THIS is the comeback we've been waiting for!"

I guess I do have to grudgingly give him some credit for constantly hustling to make a buck. Remember when he grew dreadlocks and tried to rip off Cypress Hill? Then five years later (after nearly overdosing), he dyed his hair red, grew a goatee, and released a goofy Korn-esque version of "Ice Ice Baby" called "Too Cold"? Apparently those personas didn't quite pay the bills, though, because he went on to host a reality show about flipping homes called The Vanilla Ice Project.

At any rate, Ice is back (again) with a brand new invention (again). The Zumba remix of "Ice Ice Baby" is already available on iTunes, and there's also an awesome video featuring a Zumba routine that incorporates the rapper's "vintage choreography."

Behold the, uh, magic:

Zumba's director of music says the remix is reaching 12 million Zumba fans in a week, so "hopefully people are going to love it." Personally, I'm thinking it's a good thing people often experience an endorphin high during exercise.

What's your reaction to Vanilla Ice's Zumba-fied song? Do you love it?

Image via Billboard

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nonmember avatar Krystle

As a Zumba instructor, I'm not too crazy about this song (or any other American remix). I feel that Zumba is a mix of LATIN dances, and incorporating pop music (if you can call it that) takes away from the Zumba image. Albeit they're just trying to cross-over to American music doesn't feel completely left out of the package, but I can confidently say that song will never make it to my class at least.

Autumn Scott

I love it... I just don't know why I love it.

ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

Oh well. It looks like he finally stopped worrying about being considered hard enough. That is a silly song and i think people will have fun.

Dutch... Dutch Blitz

Wait. His last name is Van Winkle?

mello... mellowknees

I suppose even Vanilla Ice needs to make money.

And if it motivates folks to get up and do some exercise, then that's great.  I listen to all kinds of music in zumba class that I wouldn't normally pick - it's all about the beat and having fun, after all.

Tanya Frey

That is HIlarious. I would ZUmba to that. As long as people are havng fun Wha do you care?

nonmember avatar moocow

If you think this is the cheesiest thing he's ever done, then you clearly have never seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze.

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