25 Best South Florida Rappers of All Time: From 10 to 6
9. Vanilla Ice
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach
Style: Bowie-sampling, ICP lovin' breakdance-friendly tunes
Mr. Robert Matthew Van Winkle definitely pays homage to the 305 and 954 in "Ice Ice Baby" with that spiffy Hurricanes pullover and a solid singalong line about A1A and this gem: "Miami's on the scene just in case you didn't know it/My town, that created all the bass sound."
Rob set up a recording studio in Miami in the mid-'90s and opened an extreme sport store in town around the same time. Nowadays he's building homes in West Palm with The Vanilla Ice Project on the DIY Network, and appearing in hilarious roles, like playing himself in Adam Sandler's That's My Boy. You can pooh-pooh Vanilla Ice all you want as a corny white-dude rapper, but you know every freakin' word to "Ice, Ice Baby" and you love it.
8. DJ Uncle Al
Style: Peace-making Miami bass
Though Uncle Al lost his life to gun violence, his "peace in the hood" motto remains a force in youth gang violence prevention programs across the country. Liberty City even hosts an annual Peace In Da Hood festival in honor of the Miami bass pioneer. And any Miamian knows it's the point of no return when "It's Timmmmeeee, bass is gonna blow your mind" comes on at a party. Rest in peace, Uncle Al.