Vanilla Ice Preps for the Big Screen: Oct. eight in Hip-Hop History

On this present day in hip-hop and R&B historical past, uber-producer Teddy Riley was born, Prince launched the most effective album of his early profession, Vanilla Ice equipped for his large display screen debut and Destiny’s Child launched an emotional traditional.

1980: Prince reveals his Dirty Mind

One yr after his self-titled sophomore album earned him a spot on Dick Clark’s healthful TV present American Bandstand, Prince dropped a grimy assortment of bare-bones funk-pop that earned him the most effective opinions of his profession up to now. Dirty Mind marked the primary time that Prince fully reworked his sound and elegance, one thing that he would do time and again all through his profession to nice impact.

Dirty Mind's taboo-busting tracks like “Do It All Night”, "Head" and "Sister" put Prince on the trail to the controversy that might encompass the discharge of "Darling Nikki" 4 years later. (It’s no coincidence that Dirty Mind’s follow-up is titled Controversy.) Dirty Mind additionally included one of many purest pop tracks of Prince’s profession, "When You Were Mine," which might go onto be successful for Cyndi Lauper. (Prince himself by no means launched it as a single.)

With a band that includes three future members of the Revolution, Prince hit the street to tour Dirty Mind, constructing his popularity as an outstanding stay performer and rising his fanbase in areas of the U.S. he had by no means earlier than explored.


1991: Vanilla Ice’s Cool as Ice soundtrack drops

After the large success Vanilla Ice had in 1990 — his single “Ice Ice Baby” was the primary rap No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and italbum, To the Extreme, topped the Billboard Top 200 for 16 weeks — it made excellent sense, by Hollywood logic, that Vanilla Ice may carry a movement image. The moviegoing public, nevertheless, disagreed.

Vanilla Ice's debut film, titled Cool as Ice, tells the story of Johnny Van Owen, a freewheeling, yellow motorcycle-riding, sunglasses-wearing rapper. It was a complete field workplace bomb, and it retains a lowly eight % score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Cool as Ice was launched on Oct. 18, however the soundtrack dropped 10 days earlier. A compilation of music from the movie, the Cool as Ice soundtrack has 4 tracks credited to Vanilla himself, with the others coming from a number of artists together with jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke. At the time of writing, the soundtrack is presently unavailable on most streaming companies.


2001: Destiny’s Child launch “Emotion”

Between 2000 and 2001 all of Destiny's Child's singles hit the Billboard high three. “Emotion” ended that streak, even when it did attain a really respectable No. 10. It was additionally their first single since 1999 to not obtain platinum certification. The monitor was a canopy of a tune launched by Samantha Sang in 1978, when it did attain No. three on the Hot 100. Though it was recorded by Sang, “Emotion” was written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, and Barry contributes his signature concord vocals on her recording.

None of this makes “Emotion” any much less vital. It’s a special form of tune than “Independent Women," “Bootylicious," et al. The somber ballad, laced with lush vocal harmonies and a delicate acoustic guitar was carried out by the group on the 2001 Soul Train Awards as a tribute to Aaliyah, who handed away earlier that yr.


1967: New jack swing pioneer Teddy Riley is born

Born on Oct. eight, 1967, Teddy Riley displayed musical items from a younger age, producing rapper Kool Moe Dee’s “Go See the Doctor” and Doug E. Fresh’s “The Show” whereas nonetheless a minor. Over time he crafted his trademark mix of hip-hop beats, R&B melodies and gospel harmonies that might go on to rule the airwaves for greater than a decade.

He then spent the previous couple of years as a member of the group Guy, defining what would come to be referred to as “new jack swing”—a lot so that he’s typically credited with inventing the style himself. That led to co-writing and co-producing half of Michael Jackson's Dangerous, together with the most important hit “Remember the Time."

Riley additionally scored a string of hits along with his new group, Blackstreet, and found one other pair of main producers, the Neptunes. In 2018, Teddy Riley was praised as a hero, and prominently thanked throughout an Album of the Year Grammy acceptance speech by Bruno Mars, who was additionally born Oct. eight.