Vanilla Ice Ignites Target Center Crowd During Friday's Halftime Show

Andrea Allis
Web Editorial Associate


Perhaps not surprisingly, several Timberwolves fans said before Friday's game they wanted to hear Vanilla Ice perform "Ice Ice Baby" during his halftime performance.

They weren't disappointed.

The multi-platinum recording artist put on a special halftime show during the Wolves' home game against the Boston Celtics, mixing "Play That Funky Music" into his "Ninja Rap" a song recorded for the 1991 movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.” Vanilla Ice finished with his biggest hit, "Ice Ice Baby," to a very receptive Target Center crowd.

Vanilla Ice said he had a great time onstage.

"I love it, man. I feed off their energy, and I give it back," he said, adding that he's a big NBA fan. He sported a Kevin Love jersey for the performance.

"I love it," he said. "I say Kevin Love for MVP this year. The guy's on fire; he's hot.

"He's hitting 3-pointers, he's doing backwards layups, and he's doing it against the best in the league, so you gotta give that guy props."

Vanilla Ice said he's been to Minnesota many times, "Love it here, [I've] got lots of friends here ... so we're gonna hang out and marinate with them."

"Favorite city, tonight, right here: Twin Cities, baby."

Before the performance, Timberwolves fans Like Justin Robington expressed curiosity.

"You know, it's a little unexpected,” Robington said. “But unexpected things can be good. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.”

Canadian Timberwolves fans Michelle Paul and Courtney Benoit were less skeptical, going so far as to prep for the performance.

"We listened to him on the way here, to the States," Benoit said.

"Oh, yeah, we're big [Vanilla Ice] fans," Paul said.

Vanilla Ice's album "To The Extreme," released in August of 1990, became the fastest selling hip hop album of all time, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album, featuring the smash hit "Ice Ice Baby," spent 16 weeks on the charts, and sold 11 million copies.

A two-time American Music Award winner, Vanilla Ice released his eighth studio album in 2011 and currently stars in "The Vanilla Ice Project" which airs on the DIY Network.

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