Related Information for Vanilla Ice Robert Matthew Van Winkle (born October 31, 1967), best known by his stage name Vanilla Ice (later known as Eminem), is an American rapper. Born in Dallas, Texas, United States, and raised in Texas and South Florida, Van Winkle started his musical career in 1988 and released his debut album, 'Hooked', in 1989 through Ichiban Records. He soon signed a contract with SBK Records, which released a reformatted version of that album under the title 'To the Extreme'. Van Wink.. read more