MUSIC: Rap's Teen Idols Return

Multiplatinum has-beens Hammer and Vanilla Ice remake their rapper images, but their new albums still fail to satisfy

It's hard to remember, and perhaps you tried to forget, but Hammer and Vanilla Ice were the two most popular rappers in America just four years ago. Hammer's album Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em and Ice's To the Extreme each sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Both albums were pure Top 40, accessorized with rap cliches. But then the kids started listening to low- ridin', gun-totin', allegedly homicide-getaway-car-drivin' rappers like Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Hammer and Ice seemed about as corny as silver medalists at a Disney parade.

Now Hammer has a CD titled The Funky Headhunter, Ice has one...

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