and after.

April 16, 2008

so here’s the official news:

we are pleased to announce a new song, about to hit the streets…a new collaboration we did with the incomparable busta rhymes. chester, busta, and i just shot the video with director chris robinson.

the song is called “we made it” and will be featured on busta’s new album “blessed.” chester sings on the hook (i did some harmonies) and i do the second verse. i did some production work on it, and brad laid down some guitar at the end.

as many of you may realize, this is the first time LP has been “featured” on a new song by any artist. we have done individual cameos in the past (and did a “mash-up” of existing songs with a certain mr. s-dot-carter) but this is the first time you have seen “featuring linkin park” on any all-new song. for my part, the thing that drew me in was the musicality of the track and the sincerity of busta’s performance. it’s a song about overcoming adversity and celebrating the difficult obstacles that we overcome. i loved writing to it, and hope you all enjoy the song, which should be out soon.

also, keep an eye on our linkinparktv youtube channel for video footage and a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot and creation of the song.

to round out the experience, busta told me that he’s setting up a charity foundation (tentatively) called the “we made it foundation” that will be rewarding young students for quarterly excellence in academics and discipline–at home and at school.

more to come.

and just for fun…one of my favorite busta songs from a few years back…WOO-HAAAAA

mike

mike

50 Comments

  1. HannaM on April 20, 2008 at 7:02 am

    “I can’t read or write in Japanese, but things written with Kanji characters are cool, so my little brother did this is Japanese for me.” Your brother seems like a nice guy, you know if he wanted to, he could have written anything about you๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m half Japanese myself, but I have to go to school to learn the language, because my dad was too lazy to teach me! hehe. Up the halvsies!๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. HannaM on April 20, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Busta is mad. I love his craziness. Woo-ha, Gimme some more, Cha-cha-cha… I grew up with his music and videos, and well, he’s a genius. Can’t wait to hear how it turned out, it’s difficult to imagine what the sound would be like! Did you hear the single he and Pharrell did with Teriyaki Boys, Zock on? It’s so ridiculously catchy, I think it’s wonderful. It would be cool if you would do something with the TB too, or perhaps Rip Slyme.

  3. Lvix on April 20, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Busta his voice, i can’t put it with chester and mike in my head.
    well…

    if they can, they made the unpossible thing possible
    so i think i can say already
    congratulations…

  4. AnVanoppens on April 19, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    WOO HAA๐Ÿ™‚ great Mike! LOVE YOU!!♥๐Ÿ™‚

  5. maria on April 18, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Mike) My congratulations) That’s great that Linkin Park is making a new song with Busta Rhymes) Really his songs are so funny)) And this video is so great) I’ve never laughed so much )))))))))) You’re genius)))))))) Have a very nice day)))) unfortunately I don’t have any Busta’s albums. But I like listening to his songs when I hear them on TV) or someone gives me his song to listen)

  6. Jon on April 18, 2008 at 4:09 am

    This is the first hip hop record I went and bought. Absolutely love it. I’ve got the energy to make you break your neck WOOOOOOO HAAA WOOO HAAAA

    Don’t know if you’re reading your comments, but did Woo Haa inspire the “Woo Har” sound in Forgotten on Hybrid Theory?

  7. psykobouliz on April 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    haha yeah busta is awesome!!!!! If this guy didn’t exist, we should have created him! lol
    I can’t wait to hear this song, i remind the sound with ozy osbourne and this other with lenny kravitz… They rocked!
    See you! hope this message will find you fine btw๐Ÿ™‚

  8. spori on April 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Honestly, I can’t imagine how it will be….I am curious!!! Anyway, I’ve heard that you are coming to Greece this Summer and I am very very sad because I won’t be there!!!

  9. LPgreatfan on April 17, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Well…I think I will wait for this, although I’m not especially excited for that…I hope the song is good…

  10. nillp on April 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    busta is just amazing. can’t wait.

  11. vanessa_6487 on April 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    seriusly great collaboration.. i know is going to b the shit… n i feel so happy that busta rhymes is going to help people that are in need… that’s what makes people liked u n guys to b more special… n of course u are AMAZING… i love u n take care

    att.Vanessa
    xoxoxo

  12. tinkerbella26 on April 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    You see!!! This is one of the reasons why Linkin Park is my favorite band. They can do anything. This is gonna be sweet!!!

    -Clarissa

  13. linkinchan on April 16, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    busta + lp = extravanganza!!! =D
    i can’t wait for the song and video; i know they’re gonna be wicked!!! YAY!!!
    and thanks for the throwback vid: woo ha is one of my favorite busta tracks, too! plus, busta’s vids are hilarious… =D

    much luv to you and LP,
    {::: chan :::}

    p.s.: saw you guyz at MSG on feb 21: best night eva!!!! and jay was the icing on the cake! AHHHHH!!!! (sry, had to get it out my system…) =D

  14. nikkiann0100 on April 16, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I am not much of a busta fan but I am sure anything featuring LP will be great. I look forward to it.

  15. AnVanoppens on April 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    hey Mike! this is really great! thanks for announcing :)) i can’t wait to hear the song and see the video, it’s going to be great (as always) [!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

    โ™ฅ An (((((((“myspace.com/mikeshinoda”:http://myspacee.com/mikeshinoda)))))))

  16. CHEN_IL on April 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    great news! looking forward to listen to the song!:] I want you to know, again, you are great. i watched the video which called “Europe 2008” and i was realy exited to see that part from bercy,paris:] yup, i was there(even thogh, i’m from israel) and enjoyed each and every majical moment. i was realy glad to hear that chester thinks we smelled very bad=] haha. love u! come to israel and we will give you the worst amells ever!๐Ÿ˜› kidding. but, realy come to Israel, pls.. we love u. i love u. LP rules!!!!!!! keep on rocking and being so amazing!!!!!! you R the b-e-s-t! :] don’t forget it:] love u love u love u (come to israel hihihi)

  17. Curiosa on April 16, 2008 at 11:31 am

    If the song involves Busta, Chester, you, & Dre (I read somewhere that Dre was also involved) then it must be good. Mike, did you get to work with Dre & if so, hope you learned something from him. :)~ lol What was it like to work with Dre? He’s such a talented guy.๐Ÿ™‚ Did you guys ever think about adding Busta to the PR lineup? I would love to see him perform. Oh wait there isn’t a San Antonio date so it doesn’t matter anyway. :)~ Seriously though, can’t wait to hear the song. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Jaclyn on April 16, 2008 at 10:18 am

    WoWw scweeeee =)))) awesome news! I’m so happy that both of you Mike n Chaz are on the video, you are to kinda break free! And I love to watch some “making of” and “behind the scene”, I love to listen to when you or Chester are talking about…no matter what about๐Ÿ˜€ You’re wise and funny, well as it was said – a true ying yang thing ;-* omg Thanx for da busta vid, it’s cool and it’s cooler to know about your favs xxx

  19. rockermeg on April 16, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Oh my God you guys just don’t stop!

    Now I’m waiting for Leave Out All the Rest and now this!

    That’s so cool!!!!! I’m so excited for you guys!

    Can’t Wait…x

  20. EllePi on April 16, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Hi ! What I like with LP is we always have surprise๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait more ! thanks Mike. Caroline from France

  21. AS_21 on April 16, 2008 at 8:23 am

    busta always has perfect videos that new one must be more than perfect๐Ÿ™‚ (if it’s possible)

    I’m waiting impatiently to hear the song and watch the clip..
    xx

  22. Fishgoingwest on April 16, 2008 at 7:55 am

    I just can’t wait to hear that song!!!~~

    And it seems that you like your verse and enjoy it so much~~

    That must be great~~

    What about the video??I’m imagining what it may look like~~

  23. Ann on April 16, 2008 at 7:32 am

    im looking forward to hearing the song!!๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Jo on April 16, 2008 at 7:20 am

    This will be… interesting.

  25. Meteora20 on April 16, 2008 at 7:07 am

    hi mike

    wow thats awesome. i looking forward to of the song and the video.

  26. lp_fm_fan on April 16, 2008 at 7:07 am

    oooo, yay!! can’t wait. x]

    can’t see the vid? i’m at school right now and youtube is blocked. :[

  27. Squishy_Ho on April 16, 2008 at 6:59 am

    what i wonder is what was you guys’ reactions to the artcile and Nathalie Whoever’s comment about it. i have 2 guesses in mind: the first would be that you laughed your asses off and the second would be that you got pissed about it, for a certain reason i can’t name. i really don’t know why Get Me Gone comes back to my mind when i read both of your blog posts…

  28. analoggirl on April 16, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Mike, you’re really good at publicity, by the way. haha

  29. zahra on April 16, 2008 at 6:38 am

    and i know that im not the only iranen that comes to youre site just soo you now there are billons of fans here…HEY IM A BIG BIG FAN!..LOL

  30. zahra on April 16, 2008 at 6:34 am

    HEY MIKE I CANT GO TO THAT SITE! youtube.com .and i cant see myspace..i live in iran and they have blocked these sites!aaaaaaaaaaah i know what youre thinking THAT IT SUCKS,,,ya mike it does!…!!! i cant even see some stuff in youre bloge…the only place i go to is lptimes.com….!!!http://www.parsonline.net/error3.gif!!!…

  31. analoggirl on April 16, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Man, I loved Busta Bus’ back in the day. My favourite Flip Mode track was “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”. I liked how he came back with “Touch It”. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to hearing the track. I can’t wrap my head around a Busta Rhymes/LP collaboration so it’ll blow my mind, I’m sure. I’m also looking forward to seeing the video and behind-the-scenes footage… Hopefully that includes you rapping, “Rawr! Rawr! Like a dungeon dragon!” haha (I loved Busta’s cameo on “Scenario”.)

    Lastly, repect to Busta for establishing a charity foundation.

  32. Blaesbjerg on April 16, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Way! That’s really great! I can’t wait to hear it.. This is something new, and that’s just awesome๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. djzap on April 16, 2008 at 4:28 am

    this is great, i’ve been looking forward to this for a while. i’m also happy for the fact that is more than just you or chester on the track, it’s both of you and more.

  34. akitagirl on April 16, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Can’t wait Mike, thanks for the update!! Are Joe, Rob, and Phoenix involved as well? You did say LP collaboration. Keep it up!!

  35. Kira on April 16, 2008 at 4:07 am

    I was a little kid when that video came out and I remember thinking it was the greatest thing ever. I actually wanted that blue coat that he wore in that blue room with the stars. And people, it’s featuring Linkin Park because half the band contributed. It’s kinda the same as when they give interviews.

  36. bec on April 16, 2008 at 3:31 am

    I look forward to hearing it, but how is it “featuring Linkin Park” when it’s just half the band? Do the other 3 dance in the video?

  37. JazzyJaz on April 16, 2008 at 3:15 am

    i cant friggin wait. this is so awesome,MIke!๐Ÿ˜€

    Busta Rhymes is friggin amazing. ♥ im probably the only person sayin this,but it’s true.

    annyway….have a good day Mike. (:

    xxxJazzy Jazxxx

  38. fragbaitelite on April 16, 2008 at 3:06 am

    This is going to be great Mike. I can’t wait to hear it๐Ÿ™‚.

  39. NurBACK on April 16, 2008 at 1:52 am

    CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

  40. Reem on April 16, 2008 at 1:45 am

    yay! i can not wait! im so excited im sure its going to be great! thank you so much for taking some time to let us know,it means alot really.

  41. shinoda_me on April 16, 2008 at 1:24 am

    CANT WAIT CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love it when you do the harmonies!!!! you and Chester together do the best singing i’ve ever heard!
    the Live In Texas version of Pushing Me Away still rings in my ears … =) your singing is so special๐Ÿ˜€

  42. Daga280 on April 16, 2008 at 1:13 am

    its great to hear you took up a new project๐Ÿ™‚ congrats and im sure it will be a great track๐Ÿ˜‰

  43. linkinparc on April 16, 2008 at 1:07 am

    sounds interesting mike..
    you did some harmonies? OMFG I love your harmonies!
    Did Rob, Dave and Joe something, because I mean it’s a feat. LP not, chester, mike and brad of LP..

    Would it be a single in europe too?

    so many questions =)

    ana

  44. Avi on April 16, 2008 at 12:24 am

    ooh I can’t wait๐Ÿ˜€

    ps. no secret sign umm xDD

  45. Romeo4wheels on April 16, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I wish I would have a happy-busy time like this…It’s ok. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. Dj on April 16, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for updating us on this, Mike. I didn’t hear about this until today, and I’m excited to hear what you guys all came up with. Love the vid, btw. Thanks for giving me a break from fixing another computer. Made it just a little bit worth staying up past 3 AM.๐Ÿ™‚

  47. keineAhnung on April 15, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    ROFLMAO…when I read that stuff yesterday I was like: WTF???? didn’t they say that it was just rumor (ages ago)???…”shakes head”…you can’t trust anybody anymore “shakes head”…anyway…I’m pretty excited about the song (and the youtube vids) can’t wait…

  48. soyuneik on April 15, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    lol..that was fast. I was dead tired and very unmotivated…and then somehow you manage to get me hyped and angry. I’m In here like ‘ nah, f that, they aren’t telling ppl what the hell they can and can’t say!’ I think I also had a visual of a possible future where emcees are writing and they have to check a book for every word. Shit, maybe even a book on what not to say to offend people. Or maybe no one will be aloud to even talk in the year 4 thousand and I’m gonna turn in my grave.
    Haha, I have an overactive imagination.

    Very cool , Mike

  49. minuteforce on April 15, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    yay! i did get first comment!๐Ÿ™‚

  50. minuteforce on April 15, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    okay, so it’s not the whole band. it’s close enough, though, if mike’s producing and singing, and chester’s doing a hook and brad’s doing guitar. ha.๐Ÿ™‚ FIRST COMMENT?

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