Rapper's record has holes

October 24, 1990|By Knight-Ridder News Service

MIAMI -- OK, OK, so maybe obscenity laws don't apply to rappers -- but what about truth-in-advertising laws? Bailiff, call Vanilla Ice to the stand.

Vanilla Ice, the Florida-born white rapper, has a colorful history if you believe the tales he tells. But the Vanilla Ice saga, related in publications across the nation, begins to smell a little fishy when examined:

*Ice claims he got his "black" influence from attending Palmetto High School and was inspired to start rapping because Luther Campbell, leader of 2 Live Crew, had gone to the same school. In fact, Palmetto has never been predominantly black -- and Mr. Campbell went to Miami Beach High.

*Ice's record-company bio claims he won three national motocross championships for Team Honda. Team Honda spokesman Dave Arnold said his outfit has never had a national motocross champ from South Florida. The American Motorcyclist Association, which supervises amateur and professional racing, has no record of him.

"We represent a lot of recording artists and, frankly, this happens all the time," said Ice's publicist, Elaine Schock. "We're revising the bio now as people bring things to our attention."

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