Same as It Ever Was

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Same as It Ever Was
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 28, 1994
GenreHardcore hip hop
House of Pain chronology
House of Pain
Same as It Ever Was
Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again

Same as It Ever Was is the second album by American hip hop group House of Pain. It was released in 1994 and peaked at number 12 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard 200.[1] To record the album, the group had to work around Everlast's house arrest for a gun charge;[2] the clean version of the second song from the album, "I'm a Swing It", was featured in the 2001 skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauA−[4]

Same as It Ever Was did not sell as well as their previous album had and reached gold status by Recording Industry Association of America.[5] From the critics, it received mixed reviews. Ted Watts of the Michigan Daily described it as "pretty good", and noted some innovation, but questioned Everlast's authenticity.[6] On the other side of the spectrum, Robert Christgau gave the album an A- and described it as "the hardest hip hop of the year."


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Track listing[edit]

1."Back from the Dead"
2."I'm a Swing It"DJ Lethal3:43
3."All That"DJ Lethal1:26
4."On Point"DJ Lethal3:46
5."Runnin' up on Ya"DJ Muggs3:17
6."Over There Shit"DJ Muggs3:33
7."Word Is Bond" (featuring Diamond D)Diamond D4:02
8."Keep It Comin'"DJ Muggs3:43
9."Interlude"DJ Lethal0:46
10."Same as It Ever Was"DJ Muggs3:27
11."It Ain't a Crime"
  • DJ Muggs
  • DJ Lethal
12."Where I'm From"DJ Lethal4:01
13."Still Got a Lotta Love"DJ Lethal2:53
14."Who's the Man?"DJ Lethal4:03
15."On Point" (Lethal Dose Remix)DJ Lethal3:33
Total length:49:22


  • Eric Francis Schrody – vocals (tracks 1–2, 4–8, 10–15), mixing (tracks 12, 14)
  • Daniel O’Connor – vocals (tracks 2, 4, 10, 14–15), art direction
  • Leor Dimant – vocals (tracks 4, 15), production (tracks 2–4, 9, 11–15), mixing (tracks 3, 9, 12, 14, 15)
  • Lawrence Muggerud – executive production, production (tracks 1, 5–6, 8, 10-11), mixing (tracks 1–2, 4–6, 8, 10-11, 13, 15)
  • Joseph Kirkland – vocals, production and mixing (track 7)
  • Nick Vidal – production (track 1)
  • Eric Vidal – production (track 1)
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Jason Roberts – engineering
  • Erwin Gorostiza – art direction
  • Butch Belair – photography
  • Ron Jaramillo – design
  • Kenton Parker – logo design


  1. ^ "House of Pain - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Love, Andrew (August 8, 1994). "Latest release is full-blown Pain". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Same as It Ever Was – House of Pain". AllMusic.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: House of Pain". Robert Christgau.
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Watts, Ted (8 September 1994). "Ted Watts review". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – House of Pain – Same as It Ever Was". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.