I've had an ear out for Everlast ever since his House of Pain days. The Whitey Ford album was a good look for him. This record goes in another direction but works none the less. He starts off with a compelling first track "Kill the Emperor", "lets stop the War and feed the poor kill the emperor". The 2nd cut "Folson Prison Blues", is reminiscent of the House of pain days.
My favorite songs are (6) "Friend" which is the most introspective song and strikes the chord of emphatic truth, "Lovers come and go but right now I need a friend". The (13) track "Weakness" is vintage country blues and another favorite of mine. The beat and rythm of (14) "Dirty" makes it hot, track (4) "Anyone" is solid also. The final track (17) "Saving Grace" I think expresses societies ills and failings "sitting by the phone waiting for the Lord to send my calling" is very powerful.
His album motif is a bit unusual coming from a so called "Whitey Ford". I think Everlast has reinvented himself since going solo and continues to do just that "thankful for the gifts the angels gave me" He was more of a rapper than a singer on "White Ford sings the blues" this one is more singing than rapping.
Being a firm believer in the livingstone used to make a Temple without the use of any metal instrument,eternal in the Heavens. I find it interesting the word "stone" appears in the title of 3 of the songs on this album. (3) "Stone in my hand" (10) "Letters Home from the garden of stone" and (12) "Throw a stone". Mere coincidence, perhaps not.
Most hip hop heads probably won't appreciate this piece of work,some might not even call it hip hop but I like its diversity, thus the 4 star rating.