Danny Boy (House of Pain) Interview
Danny Boy is an emcee from Brooklyn, NY. He moved to the west coast at a young age and wanted to form a hip hop group. While in high school in the 80s, he met Everlast and asked him to join the group along with DJ Lethal, which later became House Of Pain. Danny Boy was the hype man, backup emcee, and graphic designer. They saw major success in 1992 with the hit “Jump Around” on their self-titled debut album, which remains to be a popular household song today. The majority of the album was produced by DJ Muggs and DJ Lethal, as well as their 1994 sophomore album Same As It Ever Was. House Of Pain released Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again in 1996 before the members parted ways. Danny worked on two other groups Xsupermodels and A.T.F. that only saw promotional releases. He continued designing street wear, logos, and sneakers, as well as producing the documentary Just For Kicks in 2005. In 2006, Danny formed La Coka Nostra with Boston emcee Slaine of Special Teamz, as well as Everlast, DJ Lethal, and ILL BILL. They released A Brand You Can Trust in 2009 before restructuring the group with Slaine, ILL Bill, Danny Boy, and DJ Eclipse. Danny Boy is also a founding member of the Delta Bravo Urban Exploration Team; a group that documents culturally relevant landmarks from television, film, music, and crime.