Once the world s lone superpower, America has been in a state of flux for several years. The economy seems to weaken every week, while we are in the midst of several wars that have been going on for nearly a decade. In the midst of this, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/rapper Everlast has crafted Songs Of The Ungrateful Living, a masterful 15-cut collection that serves as a soundtrack for modern America. It s an album that pulls from several seemingly unrelated musical and thematic corners of the country to poignantly highlight not only the bleak status of our nation and its inhabitants but also the untapped potential of both. In fact, a change is going to come would be the perfect way to describe Everlast s musical journey. He got his first break in the 1980s when gangster rap pioneer Ice T discovered him and released his early material. But it was in 1992, when as the frontman of rap group House Of Pain, that Everlast enjoyed his first career-defining moment. The group s bone-crushing single -Jump Around- became one of the decade s biggest songs and is still used regularly in television commercials and movies. After a successful run with House Of Pain, Everlast shocked the musical world in 1998 with the release of his solo album Whitey Ford Sings The Blues. A blues, folk, country and rap inspired release on which Everlast sang in a gravely voice, the collection was anchored by the smash hits -What It s Like- and -Ends- and sold more than 2 million copies. Since then, Everlast has become one of music s most successful, eclectic artists, collaborating with legendary rock group Santana on the Grammy-winning single -Put Your Lights On- and forming the hardcore rap group La Coka Nostra with former House Of Pain member DJ Lethal, among others. With -Songs Of The Ungrateful Living-, Everlast again shows that he s one of the most talented people to ever mix musical styles.
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