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Woman gives impromptu kitchen dance recital to 'Ice Ice Baby'
July 21, 2016
When your favorite song comes on, there’s nothing you can do but surrender to the music and dance.
We've all been there. Going about our day when an irresistible song begins playing. Regardless of what we may be doing or who might be watching, we find ourselves tapping our toes (or maybe even more) to our jam's infectious beat. In this charming video from YouTube user Neil Colie, "Mama C" takes the adage "dance like no one's watching" to heart as she prepares a meal with Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" playing in the background. As strange as it may seem, this endearing woman and the rapper behind her soundtrack have more in common than their ice-cold hip hop dance moves.
Colie first uploaded this video to Facebook on March 5, 2014, but its rise to virality was unexpected. In fact, he followed up that post with this status update:
Colie then uploaded Mama C's kitchen hip hop dance routine to YouTube on March 12, 2014, where it currently has over 6.4 million views and almost 3,000 likes, in addition to the nearly 200 likes on the original Facebook video (far surpassing Colie's desired 100). One of the most endearing aspects of this video is how seamlessly Mama C incorporates her dancing into the task at hand. During the course of this improvised dance recital, she kicks off her shoes to the beat, gathers ingredients while swiveling her hips, and stirs the pot while doing body rolls with perfect synchronicity. She knows she has an audience — and even attempts to encourage her onlookers to participate — but what sets this dance party apart is Mama C's effervescent smile. Whether she's performing her hip hop dance moves on her own or with her adorable dog as her partner, it's clear how unabashedly Mama C is enjoying herself and the music.
Though the 1990 hit “Ice Ice Baby” has widespread appeal because of its catchy beat (thanks in no small part to the sample from Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure"), the song's meteoric rise in popularity may have been the result of an accident. “Ice Ice Baby” made its debut as the B-side track to Vanilla Ice's cover of "Play That Funky Music," but according to Songfacts, legend states that a "DJ on a radio station in Columbus, Georgia, flipped the single and played 'Ice Ice Baby,' which led to a record deal with SBK Records." From there, the song took off and topped charts internationally. As with any insanely popular song, "Ice Ice Baby" is a polarizing tune — it was ranked fourth on Rolling Stone's "Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Hip-Hop Songs of the 1990s" list and came in at fifth place in "VH1 & Blender Magazine Present: 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs ... Ever." Whether you love "Ice Ice Baby" or hate it, Vanilla Ice claims in a 2007 interview with Same Same that his music helped bring hip hop music to the mainstream, and people of all ages still know his lyrics to this day.
Mama C's impromptu dance party and Vanilla Ice's surprise hit demonstrate how success is often unanticipated. Thanks to Colie hitting "Record" as Mama C showed off her hip hop dance moves and that DJ in Columbus playing a B-side track instead of the single (if the rumors are true), both have reached massive audiences with their performances.
§ Neil Colie via YouTube, Neil Colie via Facebook, Songfacts, Rolling Stone, PR Newswire, and Same Same