Breaking into the early-'90s mainstream with rap unit House of Pain and their enduring hit "Jump Around," rapper and singer/songwriter Everlast successfully reinvented himself in 1998 with the multi-platinum Top Ten album Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, an acoustic-rock-meets-hip-hop genre crossover that included the storytelling hits "What It's Like" and "Ends." Riding the success of Whitey Ford, he won a Grammy in 2000 with the Santana collaboration "Put Your Lights On." While subsequent releases saw a steady decline on the charts, Everlast continued to issue albums into the 2010s, including Songs of the Ungrateful Living (2011) and Whitey Ford's House of Pain (2018).
Everlast then returned to his solo career. While recording Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, however, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest stemming from a congenital defect, resulting in heart bypass surgery and an artificial valve implant. Following his recovery, he completed the album, which appeared in the fall of 1998 to strong commercial notices. 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 (and winning a Grammy for "Put Your Lights On"), 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 (even if it wasn't quite as successful as Whitey Ford).
In 2011, Everlast scored his third-highest charting album to date with his sixth set, Songs of the Ungrateful Living. The Life Acoustic followed in 2013, featuring unplugged reinterpretations of previously released songs such as "Black Jesus" and "Jump Around." His eighth album, Whitey Ford's House of Pain, arrived in 2018. ~ Jason Ankeny