17 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Working with Jay-Z on 2004’s Collision Course album gave Linkin Park leader Mike Shinoda the perfect in to pursue Fort Minor, which Jay-Z executive-produced. Many heavy hitters make an appearance including Common, John Legend and Black Thought. “Feel Like Home,” “Back Home” and “Believe Me” hold hip-hop bounce, hard-rock intensity, and storytelling virtuosity in easy balance.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Working with Jay-Z on 2004’s Collision Course album gave Linkin Park leader Mike Shinoda the perfect in to pursue Fort Minor, which Jay-Z executive-produced. Many heavy hitters make an appearance including Common, John Legend and Black Thought. “Feel Like Home,” “Back Home” and “Believe Me” hold hip-hop bounce, hard-rock intensity, and storytelling virtuosity in easy balance.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

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1.4K Ratings

The Arrival of Fort Minor

bmichaelb33

This album is excellent. Mike Shinoda (and company) spits hot lyrics over creative beats made himself. It is one of those albums where you actually want to listen to the lyrics and the beats, and not just the chorus. He does an excellent job of merging rock and hip-hop with help from other great lyricists such as Common, Black Thought, John Legend, and others.

Great Job Mike

RedF430

Listen to Mike shine on his own, backed by Hova you can't lose. The Rising Tied press Play and just listen, no need to skip tracks. If you like the singles you will love the album. Mike with Hip Hop roots, can't get any better than this!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you say Platinum? Mike when does the tour start?

amazing

i man

whoa this cd is one of the best this year..the beats are unbleavable and the lyrics are the same

About Fort Minor

In November 2005, Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda debuted as a solo artist with Rising Tied, an ambitious collection credited to his alter ego, Fort Minor, that blended hip-hop with electronics and rock elements. The set was exec-produced by Jay-Z, who had previously collaborated with Shinoda and Linkin Park on 2004's Collision Course. Tied also featured plenty of guests like Common and John Legend, as well as newer artists from Shinoda's Machine Shop imprint. The album was a labor of love for the Linkin Park MC. Not only did he produce and mix it, but Shinoda played 99 percent of the instruments; did all the sequencing and programming; and wrote some very personal raps about his life, youth, and family. "Kenji" was a standout, exploring the experience of Japanese-American internees during World War II. The track featured recordings of Shinoda's relatives discussing their experiences in the camps. ~ Johnny Loftus

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