Today In Hip-Hop: Everlast Releases Solo Debut “Forever Everlasting”
On this day, March 27th, in hip-hop history…
1990: Rapper Everlast released his often overlooked solo debut Forever Everlasting. The New York-born Everlast first emerged as a member of Ice-T’s Los Angeles-based Rhyme Syndicate, releasing his first song “Syndication” in 1988 on the label’s Rhyme Syndicate Comin’ Through compilation. Two years later, Everlast would go on to release his debut, which was executive produced by Ice-T.
Forever Everlasting failed both critically and commercially; however, it proved integral to Everlast’s future success. One song on the album, titled “I Got the Knack,” featured a little-known Latvian DJ called DJ Lethal. After Everlast’s album tanked, the two decided to form a group with another rapper Danny Boy, becoming House of Pain. The trio’s self-titled 1992 debut boasted the hit-single “Jump Around” and would eventually go multi-platinum.