Once best known for his tenure in the rap unit House of Pain, Everlast successfully reinvented himself in 1998 with the best-selling Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, a largely acoustic, hip-hop-flavored effort in the genre-crossing mold of Beck. Everlast first surfaced in 1990 when he formed House of Pain with Danny Boy and DJ Lethal managing to overcome the stereotypes facing white rappers and scored a massive hit with their 1992 single “Jump Around.” Their self-titled debut LP went platinum.
In addition to House Of Pain, Everlast ventured into a solo career. After recording Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, it entered the Top Ten, went platinum, and launched the pervasive Top 40 single “What It’s Like.” After appearing on Santana’s vaunted comeback album Supernatural, Everlast began work on a follow-up album with an eclectic group of guest artists. Titled Eat at Whitey’s, the album was released in late 2000, and enjoyed critical notice. Everlast then signed with Island/Def Jam before releasing the the moody, song-driven White Trash Beautiful in 2004. The album featured a strong country influence. Everlast issued his fifth studio album, Love, War and The Ghost of Whitey Ford, on his own label. The album featured a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” which Everlast released as a single.