Born Erik Schrody on 18 August of 1969, Everlast grew up with his mother in the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, California USA; heavily influenced by old school Rap he first surfaced in Los Angeles as a member of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate crew.
In the spring of 1990 Everlast released his first Hardcore-Rap style solo-album entitled "Forever Everlasting", but failed to attract any attention.
He found considerably greater success two years later, when he formed the Irish American Hip-Hop act named House Of Pain with Danny Boy and DJ Lethal, their single "Jump Around" became a big hit in America. The trio released three albums and disbanded in the mid-'90s when DJ Lethal joined Limp Bizkit.
Everlast returned as a solo artist and in September 1998 released "Whitey Ford Sings The Blues", an acoustic Rap-Rock oriented album which climbed into the top 10 of The Billboard Top 200 chart, while "What It's Like" rose to the top on both Billboard's Modern and Mainstream Rock charts and also peaked at #13 on The Billboard Hot 100; the second single, "Ends", hit #7 on The Modern Rock chart, #13 on Billboard's Active Rock Tracks and helped elevate his second album to double-platinum status.
In February 2000 he won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance with "Put
Your Lights On", a track performed by Everlast & Santana,
written by the rap-rocker and featured on the multi-platinum Santana
That fall he churned out "Eat At Whitey's", maintaining the Rap-Rock formula, the record climbed into the top 20 of The Billboard 200 chart resulting in another platinum album; the main single, "Black Jesus", peaked at #15 on The Modern Rock chart and the follow-up single, "I Can't Move", hit the #24 position on the same chart.
Everlast re-appeared after nearly three years absence with "White Trash Beautiful", this album reached #56 on The Billboard Top 200 list upon its May 2004 release, but the title-track, released as a single, failed to chart completely.
September 2008 saw the release of "Love, War, And The Ghost Of Whitey Ford", another eclectic album that mixes Rock, Blues, Country and Hip-Hop; the set debuted at #78 on The Billboard 200 and included two singles "Folsom Prison Blues" which is a Johnny Cash cover laid over Cypress Hill's "Insane In The Brain" beats and another minor hit: "Stone In My Hand".
The Grammy winner artist issued his sixth album, "Songs Of The Ungrateful Living", in October 2011 via his own imprint Martyr Inc. Records. The lead-off single, "I Get By", went to #23 on The Hot Modern Rock chart and the full-length disc climbed into the top 10 of the Independent Albums list also charting on The Billboard 200 at #48.