Everlast then returned to his solo career. While recording Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, however, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest stemming from a congenital defect, resulting in heart bypass surgery and an artificial valve implant. Following his recovery, he completed the album, which appeared in the fall of 1998 to strong commercial notices. It entered the Top Ten, went platinum, and launched the pervasive Top 40 single "What It's Like." After appearing on Santana's vaunted comeback album Supernatural (and winning a Grammy for "Put Your Lights On"), Everlast began work on a follow-up album with an eclectic group of guest artists. Titled Eat at Whitey's, the album was released in late 2000, and enjoyed critical notice (even if it wasn't quite as successful as Whitey Ford). Everlast then signed with Island/Def Jam before releasing the the moody, song-driven White Trash Beautiful in 2004. The album featured a strong country influence, but its new sound failed to boost Everlast's record sales. He was dropped from the label soon after, but Everlast bounced back by joining his House of Pain alums in a hip-hop supergroup named La Coka Nostra. The group released several recordings via social media in 2008; that same year, Everlast issued his fifth studio album, Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford, on his own label. The album featured a cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," which Everlast released as a single.
In 2011, Everlast scored his third-highest charting album to date with his sixth set, Songs of the Ungrateful Living. The Life Acoustic followed in 2013, featuring unplugged reinterpretations of previously released songs such as "Black Jesus" and "Jump Around." His eighth album, Whitey Ford's House of Pain, arrived in 2018. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi