So, after you are inducted with the opening cut, they pick you up, dust you off, and teach you how survive with "Get You By." From there the lessons continue with guest Snoop Dogg on "Bang Bang" where you step past getting by onto how to survive. Everything delivered with crisp beats and raw production.
Track four changes things up a bit. "The Stain" is an emotional track whose style can be seen as a direct descendant of Everlast's solo work. It has a mellower approach and allows Everlast to stretch his pipes with acoustic guitar and live drums behind him. Do not worry, there are raps here as well, delivered by Ill Bill and Slaine.
The record continues with a host of hard raps, killer beats, and songs that are just downright addictive. This is an album that is very easy to get into and if you are a fan of hip hop, you will want to get your hands on this album that is likely to fly under the radar.
My favorite cuts: "Bloody Sunday," "The Stain," "I'm an American," "Once Upon a Time," "Choose Your Side," and "Soldier's Story."
Bottomline. Wow. This really was a surprise. It reignited my love of House of Pain while also making me a fan of La Coka Nostra. There is something about Everlast's voice that is just fantastic, no one sounds like him. All together, this is a solid unit that delivers the goods in convincing manner. Definitely put this on your list.