Everlast Inks Deal With Def Jam

Everlast has signed

with the Island Def Jam Music Group and will drop his third studio album next


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


"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.


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.