Everlast returns with a strong album filled with equally strong commentary. “Kill the Emperor” is a very thinly veiled rant against the Bush administration that cites a litany of bad decisions and failures; wars, the struggle for oil, the government’s reaction to hurricane Katrina and even a mention of the Asian tsunami thrown in for good measure.

As usual, Everlast demonstrates his talents beyond rap; a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” is a fun side trip into electric-cowboy land complete with a synthesized horse whiney, while “Anyone” is a slow tearjerker that makes the husky-voiced singer sound extremely vulnerable. Lots of variety here over the course of 16 tracks, including “Letters Home from the Garden of Stone,” a soldier’s eye view of the Iraq war that’s generating a bit of controversy.

Grade: B

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