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Ever wonder why Vanilla Ice Doesn't own the rights to "Ice Ice Baby?" Suge Knight is why. A former NFL player-turned-bodyguard-turned-music executive, Suge Knight is rumored to have dangled Ice off a hotel balcony to make his point.
Publish Date: Feb 09, 2021
Ever wonder why Vanilla Ice Doesn't own the rights to "Ice Ice Baby?" Suge Knight is why. A former NFL player turned bodyguard turned music executive, Suge Knight is rumored to have dangled Ice off a hotel balcony to make his point.
and Death Row Records, is said to have been founded on money that had been extorted from, among others, Vanilla Ice, also known as Robert Van Winkle, and the man who was said to have extorted that money. The man who founded Death Row Records With that money in 1991 that would be on Lee one of a plethora of things that he would come to be known for. And we're going to delve into the saga that is this episode of California dreaming Number 79 the tale of the never ending fall of Suge Knight Marry and Hugh Knight Jr. Also known as Suge. Knight, was born in April 19th 1965 in Compton, California, and he was the son of Maxine and Marion Night Senior. His nickname, Shug, came from a childhood nickname that he was given Sugar Bear. He attended Linwood High School, where he was a standout athlete in both football and track. After he graduated in 1983 he played football at El Camino Community College for two years. Then, in 1985 he transferred to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and played football there for two years as well. Night was eligible to be drafted in the 1980 seven NFL draft, but he was not selected. He was invited to the Los Angeles Rams training camp, but he was cut by the Rams during camp and he became a replacement player during the 1980 seven NFL player strike and ended up actually playing two games for the Rams. But that would be as Faras nights career would go with the NFL due to and off the field incident the same year as the NFL strike. Mullah, attempting to carjack a man in Las Vegas night, shot him and was subsequently arrested for attempted murder. He would end up pleading no contest on Lee to a misdemeanor and was given probation. You're probably thinking that's a pretty light sentence for such a serious crime, but you will find out when we get tonight's lengthy criminal record that light sentences and slaps on the wrist are a running theme in his life. But the shooting would put an end Tonight's NFL career for good following his stint in professional football night worked as a concert promoter as well as a bodyguard for celebrities including Bobby Brown in 1989 Night founded his own music publishing company, and his first sizable profits came when Vanilla Ice signed over his royalties from his huge hit at the time Ice Ice Baby. Apparently, the song included material written by one of NYT's clients, Mario Johnson. So there are several versions of the story as to how all of that went down. But this is how Vanilla Ice himself told the story. He had rocketed up the charts in 1990 with his smash hit, Ice Ice Baby, off his debut album To the Extreme. In the 1996 interview with ABC, he said, The first time I met Suge Knight was at the restaurant in L. A called Palm Restaurant. I was sitting there eating a nice meal, and all of a sudden these huge guys that looked like a football team showed up. You know, it was very intimidating to see these guys who are bigger than my own bodyguards, you know, and a bunch of them. They pretty much grabbed my bodyguard and pulled him out and sat down there next to me and said, How you doing? I had my bodyguards who had their guns and they had their people who had guns and they had us outnumbered. Vanilla is explained that after that encounter at the restaurant night and his entourage kept showing up wherever he went that same night night showed up at his hotel suite at the Balash Hotel in Beverly Hills. Wall Dreamers. The article that I read said Beverly Hills. But I've been to the Bell Lodge Hotel in the mid nineties, and it was actually located in West Hollywood. But anyway, that's just detail stuff. So night showed up with six very large men. Vanilla, I said. They roughed up one of my bodyguards. They roughed everybody else up in my entourage. Suge took me out onto the balcony and started talking to me personally. Now legend has it that Suge Knight actually dangled vanilla ice over the edge of this balcony. But that, it seems, is only legend. Vanilla Ice has said that he was given the impression that he would go over the balcony because, as the men spoke on the balcony, night wanted him to be clear just how high up they were. Then Night presented vanilla ice with a legal document and encouraged him to sign over his rights. Toe Ice, Ice, Baby tomorrow, Johnson. But Vanilla Ice would insist that Johnson had nothing to do with Ice Ice Baby. At the time, the rights to the song was worth about four million dollars of it Vanilla. I said. I signed them and I walked away alive for nights. Part he would claim in his own interview at the time that Vanilla Ice agreed to the deal and that there was no problem. They agreed that Mario Johnson wrote the song, and Vanilla Ice did not have a problem with it. NYT scoffed at the insinuation that he led vanilla eyes to the balcony to make him think that he would throw him over the edge unless he signed the papers. Vanilla Ice walked away from the encounter with his life. But you will come to see that not everybody who crossed paths with Suge Knight would, with his new found wealth from the royalties from Ice Ice Baby Night formed his management company and began signing some West Coast hip hop artists. And also around this time he would become acquainted with several members of N W. A. A couple of them, Dr Dre and the D. O. C. Both wanted to part ways with N W A and the label that they were under ruthless records headed by Easy, also a member of N W. A.