AS SOMEONE WHO BROKE DOWN A LOT OF BARRIERS FOR CAUCASIAN MCS, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE ADVENT OF FRAT RAP, IN WHICH LABELS ARE SCOOPING UP ANY COCKY WHITE KID WITH SOME STYLE AND A BEAT MACHINE?
It takes a lot longer than it used to for anything to get on my radar. I have a family, and I'm really just caught up in my own self-indulgent musical stylings. I've gotten to the point, though, where I believe there's a lane for everybody. There are a lot of things in the world that I think are no good that do really well, so who am I to call it? Everything's been said and everything's been done — for me, it's all about style and how you can put in your swag and some new terminology. It's like they say in the Dogtown and Z-Boys documentary — anyone can get on a skateboard and roll it. It's all about how you make it look good.
OKAY — SO THIS IS THE POINT WHERE I ASK YOU TO TELL ME EVERY LAST THING THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO SHARE ABOUT A NEW HOUSE OF PAIN ALBUM ON THE HORIZON.
We haven't officially started one, but we'll all be getting in a room after this run and starting to talk about what it might sound like. I wouldn't mind doing a return-of-the-king, end-of-the-whole-story capsulized record to put a cherry on top of things. My only thing is that it's got to be good — if we don't make it as good as I think it should be, I promise you that it won't see the light of day. If it doesn't happen, it's because we did it and the album sucked.
IS IT JUSTIFIABLE TO GET EXCITED ABOUT A HOUSE OF PAIN REUNION DISC WHEN THAT'S ESSENTIALLY WHAT LA COKA NOSTRA WERE, ONLY WITH SLAINE AND ILL BILL ON BOARD?
That's exactly it — La Coka was House of Pain on steroids. So the only way for me to be captivated about House of Pain is to figure out what House of Pain would and should be today. It really just depends on finding a space for it to live in — it may not be Same As It Ever Was part two, but I think anyone who's followed me throughout the years knows that already.
EVERLAST AND HOUSE OF PAIN PLAY THE PARADISE THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 10
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