The Rising Tied
Album lyrics Fort Minor

Release date: November 2005

The Rising Tied is the debut album of hip hop ensemble Fort Minor, the side project by Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda. The album was released on November 22, 2005. Hip-hop group and long time friends of Shinoda, Styles of Beyond are heavily featured on the album and also appeared with Shinoda to promote Fort Minor in photos and live shows.

The Rising Tied was produced by Shinoda and executive-produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. The motive of the project is because he couldn't demonstrate as much of his hip-hop background in Linkin Park. He explained the name of his project in an interview: "I wanted to send out the message that I'm not doing this just to get more attention to myself as a person. It's more about the music than me, and I thought by putting another name on it, it would keep the attention on the music. 'Fort' represents the more aggressive side of the music. 'Minor' can mean a few things: if you're talking about music theory, the minor key is darker. I wanted to name the album rather than having my name on the cover, because I want people to focus on the music, not me. In fact, the reason I named the record 'The Rising Tied' is because it's a play on words. This "tied" group of people are coming up together in the context of this record."

The Rising Tied charted and peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 chart. Promotional music videos have been filmed for the songs "Remember the Name," "Petrified", "Believe Me", and "Where'd You Go." As of 2008, the only song that had garnered much notoriety was "Where'd You Go". "Remember The Name" was used by Turner Network Television as the theme for the 2006-2007 NBA playoffs, and achieved success among alternative hip-hop fans and competitive athletes. In addition, Remember The Name is in the preview for the new remake of The Karate Kid. Despite the low peak, the album has managed to hold on, selling 300,000 copies in the USA and 400,000 copies worldwide. A small club World tour in USA, China, and Australia was followed.


Album cover

Fort Minor The Rising Tied album cover