Everlast, 'Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford' (Martyr Inc./Hickory/TRP)

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Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford
Critical Mass
Label: Martyr Inc./Hickory/TRP

by Thomas Golianopoulos

Erik "Everlast" Schrody's transformation into a guitar-strumming folkie on 1998's Whitey Ford Sings the Blues was a savvy career move, both artistically and commercially. After all, how many early-'90s white rappers are still working? But his fifth solo album, which is rife with clichéd storytelling, shows signs that another makeover might be in order. All the familiar characters are here -- the truck-driving, whiskey-guzzling loser on "Anyone" or the heartbroken lonely guy on "Friend." The one novelty: A cover of "Folsom Prison Blues" that samples Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain." It's as awful as you might imagine.

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