Fort Minor is the hip hop side-project of Mike Shinoda, the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of the alternative rock band Linkin Park. Though it was technically Shinoda’s solo project, the members of Styles of Beyond featured heavily on Fort Minor’s album The Rising Tied and appeared with Shinoda at photo shoots and live concerts.
They are known for the 2006 single, “Where’d You Go”, which features Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga, and also his single, “Remember the Name”. Thus far, Fort Minor has released one album, 2005’s The Rising Tied (as well as one mixtape, FMInvasion - We Major, which featured DJ Green Lantern), and also has a fan club similar to Linkin Park Underground, titled Fort Minor Militia.
Mike Shinoda’s plan was to make music while enjoying time with his friends, who include Ryu, Tak, and many other leading musical artists.
Fort Minor’s first major album The Rising Tied, features 16 tracks (with three bonus tracks on the Limited Edition), many of which are specific to the lives of Shinoda and his collaborators. “Remember the Name”, for example, describes the group’s views on being rappers, while “Kenji” describes the experiences of Shinoda’s family during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Other tracks, such as “Slip Out The Back” which features Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, have more general lyrical themes.
The song "Remember the Name" was one of the official theme songs for TNT's coverage of the 2006 NBA Playoffs.
Mike Shinoda and Ryu Maginn (Styles of Beyond) appear in Apathy's music video for "The Winter".
Drum patterns of the song "The Hard Way" were used for one of the theatrical previews of the 2007 movie, Freedom Writers.
Jonah Matranga is featured on the songs Red to Black and Where'd You Go on The Rising Tied.
Ghostface Killah is featured on the song Spraypaint and Ink Pens on Fort Minor: We Major.
Holly Brook is featured on the songs Be Somebody and Where'd You Go on The Rising Tied.
Brad Delson from Linkin Park loved Holly Brook's demo and offered her a deal with the group's label Machine Shop Recordings.
Jay-Z is featured on the song Nobody's Listening on Fort Minor: We Major.
Jay-Z and Shinoda became friends during the MTV Mash-Up Collision Course.
Styles of Beyond are featured on the songs Remember the Name, Right Now, Feel Like Home, Back Home, Believe Me and Red to Black on The Rising Tied.
John Legend is featured on the song High Road on The Rising Tied.
Lupe Fiasco is featured on the song Be Somebody on The Rising Tied Special Edition and Spraypaint and Ink Pens on Fort Minor: We Major.
Kenna is featured on the songs Red to Black and The Hard Way on The Rising Tied Special Edition.
Common is featured on the song Back Home on The Rising Tied.
Black Thought is featured on Right Now on The Rising Tied.
Fort Minor's music focuses on real-life issues.
Shinoda states that "the goal for the project of Fort Minor was to create music while having fun with his friends".
Shinoda is from Linkin Park.
Fort Minor is a hip hop side project created by Shinoda.
Shinoda started recording the album The Rising Tied in late 2004 was released in 2005.
The Rising Tied was released through Machine Shop Recordings.
Rapper Jay-Z is an executive producer on the The Rising Tied.