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Fort Minor, the side project and solo debut for Mike Shinoda of multiplatinum, Grammy-winning Linkin Park, returns the emcee to his roots-making hip-hop. The Rising Tied, produced by Shinoda, who wrote every track and played nearly every instrument was executive produced by Jay-Z. Featuring guest appearances from Common, the Roots Black Thought, John Legend, Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn, alt-funk rocker Kenna and two acts signed to Linkin Park's Machine Shop Recordings, Style of Beyond and Holly Brook, The Rising Tied raises the standard for unique, unadulterated hip-hop. Warner. 2005.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda steps out for a wall-to-wall hip-hop project on which he faces his critics ("High Road"), gets autobiographical ("Remember the Name"), shares family history ("Kenji") and emerges as a hip-hop reformist ("Cigarette"). Standing shoulder to shoulder with, among others, John Legend, members of The Roots and Styles of Beyond, The Rising Tied shines brightest in its earliest moments, where the beats and rhymes feel and sound freshest and where the positive message feels most sincere. A limited edition includes two documentary footage that follows the album's evolution, and Shinoda during the making of the video for "Petrified," all of which ultimately provides fans with interesting insights into the album and the artist himself. -–Jedd Beaudoin

1. Introduction
2. Remember The Name
3. Right Now
4. Petrified
5. Feel Like Home
6. Where'd You Go
7. In Stereo
8. Back Home
9. Cigarettes
10. Believe Me
11. Get Me Gone
12. High Road
13. Kenji
14. Red To Black
15. The Battle
16. Slip Out The Back

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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148 of 165 people found the following review helpful By LT Twalo on December 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let's get this one out the way immediately, Mike Shinoda is not the greatest rapper out. His personality does not come through in his raps like with, say, a Young Jeezy or Juelz Santana or even Jay-Z whose raps are so "them" that one would almost be able to recognise them even if somebody else was spitting them (think "Still D.R.E."). His raps are delivered in a straight forward manner similar to Guru (without the voice) without emphasising certain words or including any adlibs. His voice is not distinct, except for the fact that you can tell he is white. His rhymes sometimes sound forced (see "Kenji") when he's relating a story. At times he trips over himself when he tries to be too clever as on "Get Me Gone" when he flips his "inferred" rhymes.

With that said I'm not here to bury Mike Shinoda but to praise Fort Minor's The Rising Tied.

Mike may not be a great MC but at least he's got something to say ("Cigarettes", "Right Now", "In Stereo" etc.). And I'll take an average rapper with something to say (Kanye West) before a MC killer with nothing to say (Canibus) anyday. His voice is so clear you don't miss anything because of local slang or local accent. Plus dude can ride a beat. He varies the subject matter in his raps which is where alot of "better" MC's trip up. He is at his best when he just lets the lyrics flow as on "In Stereo" without trying too hard to fit his lyrics to a story. But he shows he can flip it on "Cigarettes" and "Remember the Name" where on both tracks he sticks to the script driving the concepts home.

Mike Shinoda is not blind to his weaknesses as a rapper and takes a page out of Dr Dre's "Chronic" & "Dre 2001", letting the more able MC's get their shine.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CrazyWhacko_88 on December 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've never been the type of person who has enjoyed categorizing artists and individuals by the colour of their skin (i.e. "white" & "black"), but in order for me to get my opinion straight on the next paragraph, I shall have to do so.

As many people know, "white" rappers have to work a lot harder to earn their stripes in the world of Hip-Hop for supposably self-explanatory reasons. On the high end of the musical food chain is Eminem, an exceptionally talented individual who, after years of hard work and personal struggle, has become an almost-revolutionary rapper, naturally combining humour with rage into devastatingly strong, occasionally smart music. Unfortunately, there are also gangsta-wannabes like Britney Spear's ex-husband, Kevin Federline, who, with the release of his absurdly pathetic debut album "Playing With Fire", brought down almost every existent trace of credibility in the "white Hip-Hop" community in one fell swoop.

Thankfully, Fort Minor -also known as Mike Shinoda, the rapper of Rock group Linkin' Park- is far more credible and skilled than K-Fed. Unlike most of today's rappers -"black" and "white" alike- Fort Minor is the type of lesser-appreciated rapper who opts for music that digs deeper than clubs, rims, misogyny, cash, etc. (though he admittedly does indulge in gangster-esque posturing on eerie lead single "Petrified" & the heavy-hitting club anthem "In Stereo"). His rhymes are intelligent and complex and his delivery is full of passion and honesty, reminiscent of Eminem & Kanye West but nowhere near as hilarious or blatantly hateful and boastful as either.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rapaleeman on November 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best rap albums I have ever heard. Each track is different, tells a story, and gets a point across which is something that a lot of rap albums have a problem doing consistently. Mike Shinoda is a hard worker whether it be in Linkin Park or not. This album screams of high production values, awesome beats, hooks, and talent. Enough with the praising of the production, are the rhymes any good? In a word, YES!!!

The introduction is a great lead-in like the opening of Reanimation and really sets the mood. Remember The Name has a slick hook and a great introduction the crew that will be here for the duration of the album. Styles Of Beyond are really talented and keep up with Mike really well, though they never eclipse him. Right Now is a track about different perspectives in the world today that hits the nail on the head so to speak. Now I love The Roots and Black Thought has an awesome flow around him, but he honestly has the weakest verse in this really awesome song, though it isn't bad. I just expected more from him.

Petrified is the first single, and is Shinoda at his best on this track. A really catchy hook with his lyrical style that is unmistakable. Feel Like Home is a good track, though a tad weak in comparison the rest of the stellar album. Where'd You Go is just mind-blowin. It is seriouly moving and Holly Brook has a bright future ahead if she can keep it up. A definate highlight of the album (even Jay-Z says it's hot at the end). In Stereo is the track you want to blast from your stereo. A hot beat and rough lyrics. Back home with Common is awesome, but what do you expect from Common. Cigarettes is another song that is easily relatable and convincing. Mike is seriously talking from his soul as he does in Where'd You Go.
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huge linkin park/fort minor fan, but i dont know about the whered you go song/video, being a military servicemember i feel this song places blame on the member, though we all volunteered i dont feel we all agree with being away from our familys and the song gives the impression that its our... Read More
Aug 20, 2006 by Deployed Hubby |  See all 2 posts
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