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Everlast signs to Def jam

Posted By on September 23, 2003

Everlast has signed with the Island Def Jam Music Group and will drop his third studio album next year.

The rapper is currently recording the yet-to-be titled album in Los Angeles and New York City. He will co-executive produce the album along with long time hip-hop A&R man, Dante Ross.

“I am excited to be part of the Island Def Jam family,” Everlast said. “I look forward to a long lasting relationship with Island Def Jam that will result in much success over the years to come.”

The rapper penned Santana’s “Put Your Lights On,” which he performed with Carlos Santana on his legendary comeback album, Supernatural. The song snagged a Grammy for Best Rock Performance in 1999.

“Everlast is an incredible artist that writes really important songs,” Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO of the Island Def Jam Music Group said. “Any label that listens to music would be so proud to have Everlast as part of their family of artists; I am thrilled to welcome him to ours.”

As a performer, Everlast has been relatively low key since he dropped his Whitey Ford Sings The Blues album for Tommy Boy.

The signing to Island Def Jam, which is a unit of Universal/Vivendi, puts the rapper in the same company as his one time nemesis, Eminem.

The two had a well publicized beef and both recorded several songs aimed at each other.

Everlast started his career as a member of Ice T’s Rhyme Syndicate, before heading up House Of Pain, who released a self titled platinum debut in 1992.

Source: All Hip Hop