Fort Minor’s THE RISING TIED turned 10 today! I don’t want to get all nostalgic, but I thought it would be appropriate to jump back in time for a moment.
By the mid-2000s, Our band had made two studio albums (Hybrid Theory and Meteora), a remix album (Reanimation), and Collision Course with Jay-Z. Everything had been an insane rollercoaster ride up until that point, and we finally stepped back to think about what had happened. We went from living in apartments and our parents’ houses to being “Linkin Park.” And we hadn’t totally absorbed what that meant.
I often get asked why I made The Rising Tied–where was I coming from at the time. On HT, our band was introducing a distinctive sound. On Meteora, we were putting a twist on that, getting ourselves and the fans set up for the idea that we could do more than the one thing (particularly with tracks like Breaking The Habit and Nobody’s Listening). Reanimation was an attempt at showcasing the variety of (underground) influences that moved us, past and “present”. And Collision Course was Collision Course.
After that, as I was thinking about who we were and who I was, I realized that I didn’t feel like my own individual voice and style was totally understood. We were seen as more of a rock/pop act, but I had basically grown up on underground hip hop. Sure, I played piano and loved rock music and electronic as well, but hip hop was my foundation. So I stared making songs, never intending them to come out, just making them because I enjoyed what I was doing.
Thank you to everyone who appeared on the album, played on stage with me, and supported it. I have no idea what’s to come with Fort Minor, but I look forward to the ride.