The ’90s called, NCDOT. They want their Vanilla Ice rap back.

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Jose Rodriguez clears a sidewalk leading to the parking lot from Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, N.C. on Saturday morning, Jan. 22, 2022.

An employee at the N.C. Department of Transportation threw it back to the ‘90s Friday night in a now viral parody of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.”

And yes, NCDOT, “love it or leave it,” people are asking that you to give your “VIP” a raise.

The gist of the employee’s rapped message: Roads are icy. Crews are on top of it. Stay home.

And while the post was funny, the employee wasn’t kidding with his message.

Snow began to fall over the state late Friday afternoon and continued overnight.

Raleigh saw more than 3 inches of snow, Charlotte around 1.5 inches and Greensboro got 1 inch.

The state’s transportation department warned drivers that roads had become slick and dangerous and avoiding driving was in residents’ best interest.

On Friday night, a plane traveling from Washington, D.C. into Raleigh slid off the runway and into mud at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. No injuries were reported.

A ambulance carrying a woman to the hospital slid off Interstate 87 before overturning and killing the patient.

Buses and COVID-19 testing sites shut down.

So a rap battle between road crews brought some lighthearted levity to a tense situation.

The town of Cary wasn’t about to let NCDOT be the only agency to have fun. An employee outmatched NCDOT’s rendition of “Ice Ice Baby” on Facebook with one of its own.

“Take heed, you ain’t the only lyrical poet, Cary’s on the scene just in case you didn’t know it,” the social media poster began his much longer version praising the town and the public works crew.

“If there was a problem Yo, Cary’ll solve it! Check out our rhymes while Public Works resolves it,” the rap continued.

Unfortunately, six hours later, around 4 a.m. salt shifted in the back of one of Cary’s public work trucks and caused the vehicle to overturn. The driver was uninjured.

And taking note of the amount of work road crews were doing, SAS Software decided to throw it back even further praising DOT using Queen’s “We are the Champions,” to thank crews for “plowing, till it ends.”

And don’t worry, since Queen has taught us all that there is “no time for losers,” this writer decided not to rap back. You can speculate on whether she may have tried.