Flash-in-the-pan hip-hop star Vanilla Ice will take the stage during halftime of the Sacramento Kings’ 2018 season finale April 11, team president of business operations John Rinehart tweeted Tuesday.
Frequently mocked for its simple, suburb-friendly lyrics, Vanilla Ice’s hallmark song “Ice Ice Baby” was nonetheless the first rap song to top the pop singles chart, vaulted its recording artist to celebrity status and was included as one of 120 tracks in the Smithsonian’s nine-CD hip-hop anthology scheduled to be released later this year.
Though frequently remembered as a one-hit wonder, Vanilla Ice's remix of “Play That Funky Music” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1991. His song from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” also became famous for its chorus “go ninja, go ninja, go!”
Vanilla Ice performed at Sleep Train Arena during the Kings’ final season at their old stomping grounds in February 2016, flanked by backup dancers dressed in ninja turtle costumes. He returned to the arena a month later alongside Coolio, Sir Mix-a-Lot and Salt-N-Pepa for a show billed as “Legends of Hip Hop.”
The Kings (25-54) play the Houston Rockets (63-15) at 7:30 p.m. at home next Wednesday to cap off the 2018 season.
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