Ice MC (rapper)

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Ian Campbell
Campbell in 2008
Campbell in 2008
Background information
Birth nameIan Campbell
Born (1965-03-22) 22 March 1965 (age 57)
Hyson Green, Nottingham, United Kingdom
GenresEurodance, electronic, hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, songwriter
Years active1989–present
LabelsDWA, Polydor
WebsiteIce MC webpage

Ice MC (born Ian Campbell, 22 March 1965) is a British rapper who started his professional music career in Italy, when he got a record deal signing to record producer and singer Savage (Roberto Zanetti, a.k.a. Robyx)[1] and released his debut single "Easy" in 1989. He's best known for the Eurodance 1990s hit singles "Take Away the Colour", "Think About the Way" and "It's a Rainy Day". Ice MC singles are most notable for being the first Eurodance songs to blend raggamuffin rapping style with female singing choruses. Zanetti's music team produced Ice MC hits while also producing songs for other major Italian artists of the same decade, like Double You, Alexia, and Corona.


The first albums[edit]

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In 1989 in Italy, Ice MC met singer and artist Roberto Zanetti (also as composer known as Savage and producer as Robyx). Their first single called "Easy", made in a hip house style, came out in 1989. It became successful all over Europe, reaching the top 5 in Italy and the top 3 in Germany. The two next singles, "Cinema" and "Scream", and the subsequent debut album, Cinema (released later in 1990), were also successful. In 1992 his second LP, My World, came out but failed to achieve the success of its predecessor.

The most successful hits[edit]

His third album, Ice'n'Green, was released in 1994 and featured Alexia on vocals. Three of his most successful songs, "Think about the Way", "It's a Rainy Day" and "Take Away the Colour", made the charts all over the world. For the third album Ice MC adopted an all new dreadlocks look and utilised Jamaican style rap, known as raggamuffin. The album was also released in the US, where the two biggest singles saw substantial club play and moderate dance music radio airplay. In 1995, Ice'n'Green – The Remix Album was released. This contained various remixes of previous hit singles.

Collaboration with Masterboy[edit]

In 1996, Ice MC decided to leave Zanetti and Alexia due to some disagreements. Shortly after that a new album, Dreadatour, (produced by Masterboy producer Enrico Zabler) was released. The hit from the album was "Give Me the Light", the second Single-Release from "Dreadatour" was "Music For Money" also produced by Enrico Zabler from Masterboy also the Album-Tracks "Never Stop Believing" and "It's Up To You". The Album "Dreadatour" itself was not a commercial success.

Since 2002[edit]

Ice MC performing in 2018

At the end of 2002, he decided to return to Italy and to contact Roberto Zanetti again. Together they started writing some new material and, at the beginning of 2004, they began recording a new album, Cold Skool.

In 2012 a new single "Out Tonight" featuring Giulia Gal was released and in 2013 the new remixes by Enfortro & Dirty Disciples were released.

In 2017, the single featuring Nico Heinz and Max Kuhn including an official video were released.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
  • Release date: 19 March 1990
  • Label: Galaxis
  • Formats: CD
My World
  • Release date: 24 November 1991
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD
  • Release date: 5 September 1994
  • Label: DWA (Dance World Attack)
  • Formats: CD
34 4 5 41 31 31
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: Club Zone
  • Formats: CD
Cold Skool
  • Release date: 19 April 2004
  • Label: DWA (Dance World Attack)
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Easy" 1989 7 17 3 4 Cinema
"Scream" 1990 14
"Cinema" 36 21
"OK Corral!" 43
"People" 1991 My World
"Happy Weekend"
"Rainy Days" 1992
"Take Away the Colour" 1993 19 11 15 31 18 Ice'n'Green
"Think About the Way" 1994 3 22 3 18 14 14 11 13 10 38
"It's a Rainy Day" 1 13 2 9 6 14 8 25 15 73
"Take Away the Colour ('95 Reconstruction)" 1995 16 31 25 Ice'n'Green – The Remix Album
"Give Me the Light" 1996 23 30 44 19 23 48 56 42 Dreadatour
"Music for Money" 12
"Let's Take It Easy" 1997
"It's a Miracle" 2004 39 Cold Skool
"My World"
"Out Tonight" 2012 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other singles:

  • 1997: "Bebop the Night" (original soundtrack "Wilde Zeiten")
  • 1997: "Energy" (original soundtrack "Wilde Zeiten")
  • 1998: "Busy Body" (unreleased single produced by Gary Jones, one of the co-producers of E-Rotic)
  • 2013: "Out Tonight (Enfortro vs. Dirty Principle Edit)"
  • 2017: "Do the Dip" (feat. Nico Heinz & Max Kuhn)


  1. ^ a b "Ice MC – Booking Agency – International Artists Holland". Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Discographie Ice MC" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ Peak positions for Finland:
  4. ^ Peak positions for France:
  5. ^ a b " Charterfolge von Ice MC". Media Control (in German). Retrieved 16 March 2014.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b " Ice MC". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  7. ^ " Ice MC (albums)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b "French certifications – Ice MC" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia: Indice per Interprete: I". FIMI (in Italian). Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Ultratop: Ice MC". Ultratop. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  11. ^ Peak positions for Finland:
  12. ^ " Ice MC". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Media Marks Top 40: Ice MC". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  14. ^ " Ice MC (singles)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Official Charts Company: Ice MC". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 March 2014.

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