Two superstars of pop-rap of the early 90's are presented with their biggest hits. MC Hammer brought rap to a mass pop audience with energetic vocals and amazing music videos. This collection has five of his smash hits including the #1 "U Can't Touch This." Vanilla Ice's aggressive, confident style topped the 1990 charts for 16 weeks with "Ice Ice Baby" and is included in this collection of his best.
MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice are a great pairing for a Back 2 Back Hits disc. Both artists were the personification of pop-rap in the late '80s/early '90s, and they unexpectedly became million-selling artists on the strength of just a handful of singles. MC Hammer's five songs do an excellent job of gathering his best material, as all of his biggest hits -- "U Can't Touch This," "Addams Groove," "2 Legit 2 Quit," "Pray," "Have You Seen Her" -- are included. Vanilla Ice's half, on the other hand, is imperfect, to say the least. "Ice Ice Baby" is here, of course, as is his minor final single, "Cool As Ice (Everybody Get Loose)," which featured Naomi Campbell. However, "Play That Funky Music" and "I Love You" are taken from his lame live album, not To the Extreme, which is where the original hit versions are. That alone makes the value of his five songs negligible, but the Hammer section is so good, this disc is still recommended to budget-minded pop-rap fans. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine