Not a huge influence to white people to do rap at all, that was the Beastie Boys who were performing a decade before he even started, so get your facts straight!
Ice was a guy who got big because of the record company but because of that, he was told to lie and do whatever they said because they owned him like most record companies do with artist. He got a bad rap because most people if they were offered that money would fall under that trap too so kinda sucks since he gets blamed for dresing like Hammer and all that crap when the company told him to. Oh well least he didnt commit suicide like a lot of people do in situations like that.
Vanilla ice wasant a great artist, but he wasant the worst either.