Justin Bieber is Vanilla Ice Jr. - Word to ya motha
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observant.. though Macklemore is a bit more likely comparison right now. Beiber came up from teenage fanbase and Disney right? while Vanilla Ice came from out of nowhere straight into mainstream.
Bieber didn't come through Disney -- he came through YouTube via Canada, discovered by Usher.
And you're right that Vanilla Ice came out of nowhere, fueled by his snarfing of "Under Pressure".