Hip-hop artists Vanilla Ice, K. Kennedy, and DJ Earthquake from the United States wrote the song “Ice Ice Baby.”
David Bowie, a British vocalist who did not receive songwriting credit or royalties until after it became a smash, and the British rock band Queen’s bassline were the inspirations for the song’s bassline.
It was made available on Vanilla Ice’s self-titled debut album, To the Extreme (1990).
Platinum Underground and Vanilla Ice Is Back both featured remixes of it!
While a nu metal version, titled “Too Cold,” can be found on the album Hard to Swallow, a live version can be found on the album Extremely Live.
Initially released as the B-side of Vanilla Ice’s cover of “Play That Funky Music,” “Ice Ice Baby” did not find immediate success.
It started to become popular when DJ David Morales played “Ice Ice Baby” in its place. The first hip-hop song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Ice Ice Baby.”
By introducing hip hop to a wider audience outside of the US, “Ice Ice Baby” helped to diversify the genre by topping the charts in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom.