Vanilla Ice is back with a brand new TV show. The 90’s rapper has been keeping busy over the past ten years, not only on the stage, but also on home renovations.
The Vanilla Ice Project showcases the musician, who’s real name is Robert Van Winkle, and his home flipping business in Southern Florida.
“I’ve been flipping homes for about 10 years,” he says. “I enjoy it. I like to sit back and cross my arms and think, ‘Look at what I’ve accomplished.'”
But, just because he loves the satisfaction of home renovation, that doesn’t mean he’s ready to walk away from the spotlight. “It’s just a hobby,” he says of the new show. “I play 100 concerts a year. I make good investments here. I’ve never left the music industry.”
If you’re hoping to see some of the same drama that ensued on Ice’s last reality show, The Surreal Life, you’re going to be disappointed. There is no screaming or crying on his new show, only renovations and lots of sweat as he tries to renovate a foreclosed-upon 7,000-square-foot, six-bedroom mansion in Palm Beach that was trashed by the previous owners.
But, that doesn’t mean it won’t be entertaining. “You’re gonna dig this s–t even if you don’t like real estate,” says Ice. “It’s like Jackass meets home-building. We do wild things and enjoy ourselves, but this is not like ”Pimp This House. We didn’t do crazy purple and green rooms. It’s classy earth tones. We had resale in mind.”
The house will also be energy efficient. “The whole place has LED lights — we got rid of the old gas guzzlers. We built an awesome movie theater in the attic with fiber-optic lights and shooting stars and remote control electric screens,” Ice explained.
The Vanilla Ice Project airs Thursday at 9PM on the DIY Network
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