House of Pain's Everlast hoping he'll get that much attention when he dies
AMERICAN rapper Everlast, impressed with the tributes given to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, has been obsessing about how much press he’ll get when he passes on.
Best known for House of Pain’s 1992 hit Jump Around, Everlast has spent the last week watching and reading eulogies to the late MCA while thinking about his own possible demise.
Everlast said: “It’s like, wow, who knew that so many people loved the Beasties when they hadn’t exactly been making a big splash recently? I guess white hip hop’s more important culturally than I realised.
“They hadn’t had a top ten hit since 1986. Jump Around was six years later and it charted at number three, so that’s way more significant.
“Plus we had that whole Irish thing going on, and Irish guys are majorly sentimental. Man, dudes are gonna weep when I check out.”
Everlast also reminded anyone he spoke to that his solo album, Whitey Ford Sings The Blues, boldly combined rap with acoustic guitars and lead single What It’s Like would ‘sound fucking awesome blasting through big speakers at my funeral’.
He said: “I mean that shit is soulful, you know? And it’s proof that I could step up on my own, as opposed to those MCs who only really succeed as part of a crew.
“Nobody even knows DJ Lethal or Danny Boy from House of Pain and I think you’d say Ad-Rock was the lead in the Beasties. So conceivably it could even be bigger than this MCA deal when I go. Man.”
Everlast was last heard telling his wife about the significant, possibly terminal, damage to his lungs and liver caused by too much partying back in the day, and ‘the motherfucking shin splints I got from always jumping around’.