Vanilla Ice has silenced longstanding rumors that he was forced to sign a deal with Suge Knight after the producer threatened to throw him off a balcony unless he gave up his publishing rights. Ice explained that Knight in fact treated him with professional courtesy and Vanilla Ice doesn’t think his money was poorly used.
Vanilla Ice quickly dismissed the rumor and explained that it had just spun out of control. “No, you know what it is? When these things become so [much a part] of pop culture, it takes on a life of its own. He never hung me over no balcony man,” Ice said on Sway In The Morning.
Ice explained that Suge did end up getting a percentage of his publishing, but he explained the former Death Row Records CEO wasn’t unpleasant about their dealings. “He came to me, they take a little bit of truth and they stretch it, but [in] all honesty you know that money that Suge did get from me, he was nice about it. He was nice to me when he met me and everything, I got it. I know who you are, you don’t have to beat me up. I know everything about you. I get it, you got my attention. But the truth is he was nice. But the story seemed a little bit better and more interesting when you got Vanilla Ice hanging upside down and got his change coming out of his pocket, you know? Come on,” said Ice.
According to Ice, the money was certainly well used and he said it went on to support Death Row Records. “That money went on to start Death Row Records. That money funded some of the greatest hip hop records of all time. ‘The Chronic’ record, funded by Vanilla Ice,” said Ice.