Vanilla Ice's New Series Is On DIY Network

Vanilla Ice, the 90s rapper also known as Rob Van Winkle, has renovated his career several times. Now he's renovating a house on a new TV show starting next month. "The Vanilla Ice Project" airs on the DIY Network. The show follows him and a crew as they renovate a mansion in Florida.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is Vanilla Ice.

(Soundbite of song, "Ice, Ice, Baby")

VANILLA ICE (Rapper): (Rapping) Ice, ice, baby.

The rapper, also known as Rob Van Winkle, has overhauled his career several times. Now he's renovating houses on a new TV show starting next month. It's called "The Vanilla Ice Project," airing on the DIY Network.

(Soundbite of DIY network, "The Vanilla Ice Project")

VANILLA ICE: But when I'm not touring around the world, I'm here in Palm Beach, making money in real estate.

(Soundbite of song, "Ice, Ice, Baby")

VANILLA ICE: I flip houses. Check out my latest project. It looks pretty on the outside, but inside, this six-bedroom, five-bath mansion, it is trashed.

INSKEEP: You know, this is not Rob Van Winkle's first time on TV. For the reality show "The Surreal Life," he lived in a mansion with televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker and actor Erik Estrada.

In an interview about the new program with The New York Times, Mr. Van Winkle said he got into real estate by accident. He tells the paper he owned too many houses and noticed the handsome profits he made after selling a few, so he started flipping houses, as it's called. Vanilla Ice says he gets inspiration from real estate guru Robert Sheeman, who wrote a book to answer the question, quote, "How Come That Idiot's Rich and I'm Not?"

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

(Soundbite of "Ice, Ice, Baby")

VANILLA ICE: (Rapping) All right, stop. Collaborate and listen. Ice is back with my brand new invention. Something grabs a hold of me tightly. Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly. Will it ever stop? Yo, I don't know. Turn off the lights, and I'll glow. To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal, light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle. Dance, go rush to the speaker that booms. I'm killing your brain like a poisonous mushroom.

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