Whitey Ford Sings the Blues

Label
Tommy Boy
Release date
8 Sep 1998
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
55:42

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The White Boy Is Back 0:45 26,648
2 Money (Dollar Bill) (feat. Sadat X) 3:14 2,631
3 Ends 5:06 60,733
4 What It's Like 5:05 219,843
5 Get Down 3:59 28,447
6 Sen Dog 0:15 1,290
7 Tired 2:22 23,985
8 Hot to Death 3:48 24,325
9 Painkillers 3:24 13,754
10 Prince Paul 0:58 19,143
11 Praise the Lord 3:05 21,824
12 Today (Watch Me Shine) (feat. Bronx Style Bob) 5:02 3,142
13 Guru 0:17 1,094
14 Death Comes Callin' 4:16 9,999
15 Funky Beat (feat. Casual and Sadat X) 4:05 1,046
16 The Letter 2:05 19,311
17 7 Years 4:05 15,368
18 Next Man 3:51 12,267

About this album

Saying that Everlast showed a great deal of artistic growth between his first and second solo albums would be a understatement. While 1989/1990’s Forever Everlasting was a decent, if uneven, debut, Everlast’s second solo album, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues is an amazingly eclectic gem that finds him really pushing himself creatively. Between those two albums, Everlast joined and left House of Pain, which evolved into one of the most distinctive rap groups of the 1990s. While Pain’s albums thrived on wildness for its own sake, Whitey Ford has a much more introspective and serious tone. Everlast, who was born with a heart defect, was in the process of recording the album when he needed life-saving open-heart surgery; in fact, he was lucky that he was around to see Whitey Ford completed and released. Though not without its share of hardcore b-boy rap, Whitey Ford also finds Everlast playing acoustic guitar, doing some singing, and exploring folk-rock, Memphis soul, and heavy metal. As a singer, Everlast has a relaxed style that sounds a bit like Gil Scott-Heron. “Today (Watch Me Shine),” “Ends,” and “What It’s Like” venture into Neil Young/Bob Dylan territory, while “Hot to Death” is blistering metal with industrial touches. And the plot thickens — on “The Letter,” he raps over a jazz-influenced piano. Given how rap’s hardcore tends to frown on rappers crossing over to rock, it took guts for Everlast to be so diverse. But it’s a good thing that he did, for his risk-taking pays off handsomely on this outstanding release. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi

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  • Sharp-Ton

    Yo, Whitey Ford is an alias or just a way to say "white for"?

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    White or black or whatever, this album is huge; confirming that nineties was a very good year for hip-hop.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

    Incredible album. Some of the best lyrics I've ever heard.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • TheAbbott

    Laugh at droppin' this album and judgin' "fallen mc's", I don't intend to check out any other solo stuff.

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • slawomiro

    Everlast's best! :)

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • BBacid

    Tripple Platinum!

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • peanut_89

    everlast rules! ;-)

    7 Nov 2009 Reply

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