– by Adam Pockross
As much as it might pain you to admit, perhaps no performer ever made folks sing the praises of Mustangs more than Vanilla Ice. How many of YOU have rapped this particular verse: “Rolling, in my 5.0 with my ragtop down so my hair can blow”? Hell, I didn’t even have to look that up.
That Vanilla Ice has become somewhat of a joke since then is irrelevant. Perhaps Ice’s coolness doesn’t hold up, but his 5.0 sure as hell does.
The car is obviously rap-worthy, but why did Ice fall so hard for the 5.0 back when he was just Robert Van Winkle driving a Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 5.7 around South Florida? “I’d tricked it out with a Corvette motor, and I could smoke just about anything on the road. Well, anything but the 5.0,” Ice told The Car Connection. Say what you will about his fashion sense, but the man knows his cars.
Because of “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla’s 5.0 that he drives in the video is tattooed upon our collective consciousness. But the video actually features a lot more dancing than driving, and most of that dancing is four dudes high stepping in a line together. For a better look at the legendary Stang doing something other than cruising by fly girls, have a look at this clip from That’s My Boy, which begins with Adam Sandler checking to see if his boy Ice still has that 5.0. Spoiler alert: It’s by far the best scene in the movie.
Though “Ice Ice Baby” is responsible for the 5.0 becoming one of the most popular cars ever, true Mustang fans should also know every word to Ice’s less-famous masterpiece: “Rolling in My 5.0″. Do do do do.