Los Angeles, United States (2004 – present)

Fort Minor is a hip hop ensemble formed and helmed by Mike Shinoda in Los Angeles in 2004.

Fort Minor is a side project of Shinoda’s, where he typically works alongside hip hop duo, Styles of Beyond, as well as several other notable guest artists. 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, 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. In the lyrics of the track “Get Me Gone”, Shinoda says that before the debut album of Linkin Park came out, someone at Warner Bros. Records told him to quit rapping and just play keyboards because the band didn’t need an MC in addition to a singer. He goes on to say that with the help of the band, Mike released the album as it was and many critics were silenced.

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