“Jump around! Jump up, jump up, and get down!” – Who can forget the 90’s hit, “Jump Around”, by House of Pain that has become a part of worldwide pop culture? Although Everlast got most of the attention in the group, Danny Boy was the man behind the scenes working on the branding and look of the group in addition to co-rapping on songs. For this special WCS HipHop50 feature, our own Todd “DG” Davis hooks up with the House of Pain co-founder. Read below!
First things first, this year (August 11th) marked the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop — What exactly does that mean to and for you?
Hip Hop has not only withstood the test of time, but is now commemorating its incredible 50th anniversary. Throughout the past half-century, Hip Hop has undergone significant evolution, embracing diversity, and leaving an indelible mark on the realms of music, culture, and society. Its enduring influence serves as a testament to the remarkable staying power of this art form, which continually ignites inspiration and captivates generations of artists and fans worldwide. I feel privileged to have played a modest role in this incredible journey.
To quote the late, great The Notorious B.I.G., “You never thought that Hip Hop would take it this far!” — Was this something that you ever could’ve imagined?
Absolutely not, nor could I have ever imagined him mentioning House of Pain in his lyrics! B.I.G. FOREVER!
What are some of your fondest, most stand-out moments / memories from your lengthy tenure in this thing called Hip Hop?
Shooting our “Jump Around” video in NYC during the St. Patrick’s Day parade was a game-changer for us, and for so many others. Cheers to the unforgettable memories at Old Town Bar NYC!
That said, what are your future plans and / or goals throughout the remainder of 2023, going right into ‘24?
To build a new Museum here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, celebrating the legacy of Author S. E. Hinton.
Switching gears here, what exactly do you want people to get from your music?
I think, that they already got it! “Jump Around” serves as a celebration song for the ages. Irish style!
On a more serious note, are you happy with the current state of Hip Hop?
I’m grateful for its continued success, but I definitely don’t relate to it like I did once upon a time.
What do you feel has and will continue to be the key to your longevity?
Hip Hop remains the authentic voice of the streets, and even though it has taken various directions over its 50-year journey, it has consistently provided a platform for those who may have been marginalized or unheard before the rise of Hip Hop.
Do you have any other outside / additional (future) aspirations, maybe even completely away from entertainment?
Yes, I want to live fast and die last!
What’s an average day like for you?
I currently own and operate The Outsiders House Museum, which is a cultural landmark located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the 1983 film “The Outsiders,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and based on the novel by S.E. Hinton. The museum is situated in a house that was prominently featured in the film, serving as the home of the Curtis brothers, who are central characters in the story.
…The museum provides fans and visitors with an opportunity to step into the world of “The Outsiders,” and explore memorabilia, artifacts, and exhibits related to both the film and the book. It offers a nostalgic journey back to the 1960’s and the themes explored in the story, including the struggles and relationships of a group of young outsiders.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans…
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? And, why?
I love being the custodian of such a tremendous legacy, such as The Outsiders, and running the museum and seeing the positive impact it has on the fans and the community has been life changing for me. There are bad moments, but NO BAD DAYS.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Follow your heart. Go where the love is. And, let passion be your fuel.
Looking ahead, say five or maybe even ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
God only knows. I live my life one day at a time.
Is there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention?
Any “parting” words for our readers?