While Vanilla Ice’s single “Ice Ice Baby” was a massive hit when it was released in 1990 and would become the first hip-hop single ever to top the Billboard charts.
The rapper shot to super-stardom, but the quick success eventually backfired. He was seen as a novelty act rather than a legitimate rapper and his popularity began to decline.
Despite how the song is ultimately viewed, Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” is set to be honored by world renowned museum, The Smithsonian.
It will be honored as part of nine-CD set, titled Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. The full, 120-song playlist has yet to be revealed, but “Ice Ice Baby” is among them.
“I Need Love” – LL Cool J
“Fight The Power” – Public Enemy
“6 ‘N The Mornin'” – Ice-T
“Doo Wop (That Thing)” – Lauryn Hill
“Walk This Way” – Run-DMC
“That’s The Joint” – The Funky 4 + 1
“Rapper’s Delight” – Sugarhill Gang
In addition to the CDs, the collection will include a 300-page book and stunning photos from the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which spotlights hip-hop the same way Smithsonian Folkways has highlighted jazz, blues, folk and music from around the world.
Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap is slated to drop in 2018.