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Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice's metoric success—his mega-smash "Ice Ice Baby" was the first rap song to top the pop charts—didn't last long. The media took down his purported backstory bit by bit in 1991: He wasn't from the means streets of Miami—he was raised in an affluent Dallas suburb; he didn't go to high school with Luther Campbell; he hadn't won any motocross championships. His fall from the top was almost as fast as his rise; just a couple years later he was a punchline—and Suge Knight's punching bag.

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