Fort Minor The Rising Tied on 2LP
2005 Debut from the Hip Hop Side Project by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
Mike Shinoda originally debuted his hip-hop side project Fort Minor in 2005 on Linkin Park's label Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros. Records. The album, titled The Rising Tied, was executive produced by Jay-Z and features collaborations with such well-known artists as Common, John Legend, Kenna, Black Thought, Linkin Park's Joe Hahn and new Machine Shop artists Styles of Beyond and Holly Brook. The album was produced by Shinoda, who not only wrote every track, but played nearly every instrument as well.
Shinoda is half the vocal firepower of the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band Linkin Park, trading diaphragmatic diatribes with singer Chester Bennington and infusing the searing alternative rock with equally intense hip-hop.
The Rising Tied is a wholly unique, unadulterated hip-hop album, owing as much to Shinoda's polished lyricism as his musical adeptness. The variety of themes, styles and moods he creates makes this side project likely to do much more than simply satisfy existing Linkin Park fans; it threatens to expose Shinoda as a rap devotee who is as at home in hip-hop as he is in the cross-genre hybrid of Linkin Park.