Linkin Park's Shinoda Rears Fort Minor
Linkin Park principal Mike Shinoda will unveil his side project, Fort Minor, with the upcoming album "The Rising Tied."Linkin Park principal Mike Shinoda will unveil his side project, Fort Minor, with the upcoming album "The Rising Tied." Due Nov. 22 via Linkin Park's own Machine Shop imprint via Warner Bros., the set finds Shinoda playing nearly every instrument and receiving assistance from Common, John Legend, the Roots' Black Thought, Kenna and Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn.
"The Rising Tied" was executive produced by Jay-Z, who previously teamed with Linkin Park for the 2004 collaboration "Collision Course." The album also sports contributions from Styles Of Beyond and Holly Brook, who are both signed to Machine Shop.
The tracks "Remember the Name" and "Petrified" will precede "The Rising Tied" on Oct. 4, when they will be available for digital download from a variety of providers. The songs are also making the rounds to clubs in 12-inch vinyl form.
"The Fort Minor record is all about getting back to basics in hip-hop, both sonically and for me personally," Shinoda says. "And working with Jay-Z again has been phenomenal. We can't wait for people to hear the final product."
As for Linkin Park, the group is eyeing a spring 2006 release for its next studio album, which will be the follow-up to 2003's "Meteora." That set has sold 5.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.