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House of Pain frontman EVERLAST (born Erik Schrody) began to make his mark in Hip Hop history books in the 1980’s, where he became a front line “Syndicate Soldier” in ICE T’s RHYME SYNDICATE. His association with the “Original Gangster” led the young MC to a lucritive contract with Warner Bros Records, who released his debut album, FOREVER EVERLASTING, in 1990.
After the release of his first solo effort, Everlast formed HOUSE OF PAIN with high school friends DANNYBOY (born Daniel O’Connor) and DJ LETHAL (born Leor DiMant) With the release of JUMP AROUND one of Hip Hop history’s most infectious and easily indentifiable songs, House of Pain were instantly elevated from an unknown all white hip-hop group to worldwide superstars, when the thuggish anthem became a massive crossover hit in 1992. With their signature drunken, bar brawlin, beer swindlin sound in tow, the crew hit the road and quickly made a name for themselves, celebrating their Irish-American heritage by drinking prodigious amounts of alcohol, and raising hell on both record and stage.
With the help of the immensely successful lead off single, their first album FINE MALT LYRICS (released on Tommy Boy Records) reached multi-platinum status, boasting polished co-production from DJ MUGGS of CYPRESS HILL, and featuring guest appearances by fellow SOUL ASSASSIN affiliates, B-REAL and SONDOOBIE (FUNKDOOBIEST). 1996’s TRUTH CRUSHED TO THE EARTH SHALL RISE AGAIN, showcased a more evolved feel lyrically and thematically, this time with DJ LETHAL providing the majority of the production. Guest MC’s and friends such as GURU of GANGSTARR, COCKNI O’ DIRE, DIVINE STYLER and BRAND NUBIAN wordsmith SADAT X also appeared on the acclaimed album, which many House of Pain fans still consider to be years ahead of its time.
Throughout the course of their career, the group often found themselves in trouble with the law as well as concert promoters, which eventually lead to EVERLAST’S arrest for possession of an unregistered firearm at Kennedy Airport. Sentenced to community service, EVERLAST resumed work with DANNYBOY and DJ LETHAL to begin work on their second album. Also produced by DJ MUGGS, 1994’s SAME AS IT EVER WAS received critical acclaim for its powerful lyrics and dark head-nod worthy beats, eventuallygoing gold after debuting at number 12 on the hip hop charts with minimal airplay.
After his bid in the House of Pain, EVERLAST went on to record the multi-platinum WHITEY FORD SINGS THE BLUES as well as two other successful solo joints (EAT AT WHITEYS and WHITE TRASH BEAUTIFUL), while DANNYBOY enjoyed underground success with the futuristic hip hop stylings of the XSUPERMODELS as well as appearing on various tracks including a featured spot on a DANNY DIABLO compilation. He is also currently working on a new project called LA COKA NOSTRA with all 3 original members of HOUSE OF PAIN, NON PHIXION, SLAINE, BIG LEFT and LORDZ OF BROOKLYN among others. LETHAL of course, became the DJ for LIMP BIZKIT, selling millions of records and touring extensively. TO BE CONTINUED…LA COKA NOSTRA WORLDWIDE!!!