Everlast Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
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- Released: September 8, 1998
- Label: Rhino / Ada
Q - 4/99, pp.96-974 Stars (out of 5) - "...much here turns out to be of a more sophisticated hue than the expected off-the-peg bellicose hip-hop. Soulful blues...jazzy balladeering...and old school funk...all make welcome appearances..."
The Source - 11/98, p.208"...the toughest white boy to pick up a microphone has returned....WHITEY FORD SINGS THE BLUES is a collection of rap meets rock tunes that are sure to appeal only to one-minded rap fans..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 03/99"...A beautifully crafted, ocassionally affecting album..."
- 1.The White Boy Is Back
- 2.Money (Dollar Bill) - (featuring Sadat X)
- 4.What It's Like
- 5.Get Down
- 6.Sen Dog
- 8.Hot to Death
- 10.Prince Paul
- 11.Praise the Lord
- 12.Today (Watch Me Shine) - (featuring Bronx Style Bob)
- 14.Death Comes Callin'
- 15.Funky Beat - (featuring Casual / Sadat X)
- 16.The Letter
- 17.7 Years
- 18.Next Man - (CD only, bonus track)
Personnel includes: Everlast (vocals, guitar, scratches); Kia Jeffries, Bronx Style Bob (vocals); Alen C. Acadhzhanyan, Jacqueline Suzuki (violin); John Wang (viola); Elizabeth Wright (cello); Dante Ross (strings, piano, bass, drums); Geoff Gallegos (tenor saxophone); Todd M. Simon (trumpet); Dan Ostefman (trombone); Keith Ciancia (piano, keyboards); Nightrain Merlot, Ben Bocardo, Norwood Fisher, John Gamble, Giovanni Loria (bass); Sadat X, Brand Nubian, Casual.
Producers: Dante Ross, John Gamble, Siba-Giba, E. Swift.
Engineers include: John Gamble.
Includes liner notes by Everlast.
"What It's Like" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Everlast (guitar, scratches); Bronx Style Bob (vocals, background vocals); Kia Jeffries (vocals); Human Beat Box (guitar); Alen C. Agadhzhanyan, Jacqueline Suzuki (violin); John Wang (viola); Elizabeth Wright (cello); Dante Ross (strings, piano, scratches); Todd M. Simon (trumpet); Stephen Cullo (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Divine Styler; E-Swift; Jamey Staub; John Gamble; Dante Ross.
Photographer: Keith Carter.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Geoffrey Gallegos; Brand Nubian; Casual.
The former frontman for House of Pain sheds the hip-hop-only mode and steps out into the world of rock with this release. Tapping into the social structure of rock, Everlast keeps his rap credibility but blesses the skateboard kids with r&r vibes, making a brilliant texture of hip-hop beats and six-string melodies. "What It's Like," the album's first single, enjoyed a much-deserved rise towards the top of the charts.
Produced by John Gamble and the SD50, WHITEY FORD contains tracks that offer the lyrical depth and social relevance Everlast has always been known for. Tracks like "Ends," "Praise the Lord" and "Death Comes Callin'" show why Everlast remained on the scene for more than a decade. Guest appearances from Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Bronx Style Bob and Casual, along with interludes from Guru, Prince Paul, and Sen Dog from Cypress Hill keep plenty of flavor flowin' throughout the album.
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