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Mind Blowin
Studio album by Vanilla Ice
Released March 22, 1994
Genre Hardcore hip hop
Length 47:14
Label SBK/EMI Records
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Producer DJ Zero
Vanilla Ice
Professional reviews
Vanilla Ice chronology
Extremely Live
(1991)
Mind Blowin
(1994)
Hard to Swallow
(1998)
Singles from Mind Blowin
  1. "Roll 'Em Up"
    Released: 1994
  2. "The Wrath"
    Released: 1994

Mind Blowin is the second studio album by American rapper Robert "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle. Released on March 22, 1994, it is the rapper's final release on SBK Records. The album failed to chart in the Billboard 200 charts and Vanilla Ice was dropped from the label soon after.

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Reception

Reviews were unfavorable. Entertainment Weekly reviewer James Bernard called the album "more clunky than funky".[1] Rolling Stone reviewer Danyel Smith called the song "Get Loose" "snappy", writing that although the lyrics are "inane", "the song is a thumping party, one of the few places where Ice loosens up. He sounds solid at the beginning of 'The Wrath' as well [...] He sounds easy and unaffected – close to sexy. But he doesn't keep it up: In 'Now and Forever,' a wet dream kind of song, Ice goes back to goofy lyrics [...] and his dry Max Headroom style."[2] Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "There isn't a single moment that establishes a distinct musical identity, and the whole thing is rather embarrassing."[3]

Vanilla Ice's cannabis-oriented lyrics were questioned by some, including Primus bassist Les Claypool, who stated in an interview for High Times, "He's got dreadlocks and he's got this song about smoking pot and basically he uses every little catch phrase he can think of that has to do with pot in his rap. That's all fine and dandy and cute, but it could be misconstrued and manipulated by the wrong people."[4] The album was named the "Least Essential Album Showcasing An Image Makeover" in The A.V. Club's list of the "Least Essential Albums of the '90s," cited as "an album that inspired almost no one to roll up the hootie mack, as instructed in its first single."[5]

Track listing

Track Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Live Intro"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero, Tha Hit Men and Vanilla Ice 0:51
2. "Fame"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero, Tha Hit Men and Vanilla Ice 4:15
3. "Get 'Em Now"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 0:08
4. "The Wrath"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 4:20
5. "Roll 'Em Up"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 4:30
6. "Hit 'Em Hard"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 3:10
7. "Smooth Interlude"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 0:31
8. "Now & Forever"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 3:40
9. "Iceman Party"   Vanilla Ice Tha Hit Men and Vanilla Ice 3:34
10. "Oh My Gosh"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 3:25
11. "Minutes of Power"   Vanilla Ice Tha Hit Men and Vanilla Ice 3:50
12. "I Go Down"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 3:27
13. "Bullet on the Chart"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 0:28
14. "Phunky Rhymes"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 3:47
15. "Blowin My Mind"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 3:18
16. "Son of a Gun"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 0:07
17. "Get Loose"   Vanilla Ice and Zero DJ Zero and Vanilla Ice 3:41
47:14

Personnel

The following people contributed to Mind Blowin:[6]

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Musicians

  • Vanilla Ice — vocals, producer, engineer, executive producer, mixing
  • Darryl "Delite" Allamby — keyboards
  • Davis Bickston — drums
  • Mike Daane — bass
  • Dee Dee Harris — vocals
  • Paul Loomis — keyboards
  • Jeffrey Smith — electronic sounds, talk box
  • Andy Timmons — guitar
  • Robert Wechsler — guitar, programming, engineer, synclavier
  • Steve Williams — drums

Additional personnel

  • Scott Burnworth — art direction, design, photography
  • Tom Coyne — mastering
  • Dave Gossett — A&R
  • Glen Hardy — photography
  • Sean Hargraves — type
  • Phil Johnson — art direction, design
  • Scott Johnson — art direction, design
  • James Conrad Koch — logo
  • Tha Hit Men — producer
  • Zero — producer, mixing

References

  1. ^ Bernard, James (March 25, 1994). "Review of Mind Blowin'". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,301550,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ Smith, Danyel (May 5, 1994). "Review of Mind Blowin". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/vanillaice/albums/album/238497/review/5945585/mind_blowin. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review of Mind Blowin". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:41tqoalayijz~T1. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  4. ^ Kenneally, Tim (July 1994). "The Secret Life of Primus". High Times (227): 49. ISSN 0362630X. 
  5. ^ Phipps, Keith; Rabin, Nathan; Thompson, Stephen (December 22, 1999). "Least Essential Albums of the '90s". The A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/content/node/24539. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Credits for Mind Blowin". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:djfuxqrgldte~T2. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

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