Isis Naija Gaston, known professionally as Ice Spice, is an American rapper and rising music sensation. Born on January 1, 2000, Ice Spice is currently 23 years old. Hailing from the Bronx in New York City, Ice Spice embarked on her musical journey in 2021 when she crossed paths with record producer RiotUSA while pursuing her college studies. It wasn’t until late 2022 when Ice Spice gained widespread recognition with her viral TikTok hit “Munch (Feelin’ U)”.
The release of her debut EP, “Like..?”, in 2023 solidified her status as a rising star, with the album reaching the top 15 of the Billboard 200 chart. Ice Spice has also collaborated with renowned artists such as PinkPantheress, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift, earning multiple top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Her talent and impact on the music industry were recognized through prestigious awards, including the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist.
Early Life and Education
Ice Spice, born on January 1, 2000, hails from the vibrant Bronx neighborhood of New York City. Growing up in the Fordham Road area, she is the oldest of five siblings.
Ice Spice’s multicultural heritage reflects her Nigerian and Dominican ethnicity. Her father, Joseph Gaston, is of African-American descent, while her mother, Charina Almanzar, has Dominican roots.
The rapper’s parents met at a McDonald’s but unfortunately divorced when Ice Spice was just two years old. With her parents juggling demanding work schedules, she often spent her childhood under the care of her grandparents and cherished childhood memories with cousins.
Ice Spice attended school in the Bronx and later transferred to Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers. It was during her formative years that she discovered her love for hip hop, drawing inspiration from iconic artists such as Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj.
After completing her education at Sacred Heart High in 2018, Ice Spice pursued a degree in communications and also played volleyball at the State University of New York at Purchase. However, she eventually made the decision to drop out of college, realizing it wasn’t the right fit for her.
Career Success and Collaborations
Ice Spice’s career skyrocketed in 2021 with the release of her debut song “Bully Freestyle”. The track gained massive attention on social media, propelling her into the spotlight. Notably, Ice Spice captured the viral success on the popular platform TikTok, participating in the widely-shared “Buss It” challenge.
In 2022, Ice Spice secured her breakthrough moment with the release of her single “Munch (Feelin’ U)”. The track received tremendous support from industry heavyweight Drake and quickly went viral on both Twitter and TikTok, further solidifying her rising star status.
Recognizing her immense talent, Ice Spice signed a coveted record deal with renowned labels 10K Projects and Capitol Records in September 2022. Building on her momentum, she released her highly anticipated debut EP, “Like..?”, in 2023. The EP featured hit singles such as “Munch (Feelin’ U)”, “Bikini Bottom”, and “In Ha Mood”, further cementing her position in the music industry.
Ice Spice’s collaborative efforts have also played a significant role in her success. She teamed up with breakout artist PinkPantheress on the chart-topping hit “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”. Additionally, Ice Spice achieved multiple top 10 hits through collaborations with renowned artists like Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. Notable songs include “Princess Diana”, “Karma”, and “Barbie World”, which received positive acclaim from both critics and fans alike.