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"Back Home"
Album-The Rising Tied.jpg
Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied
Recorded 2005
Released November 22, 2005
Format Digital, CD, Vinyl
Length 3:44
Writer Takbir Bashir, Lonnie Lynn, Ryan Patrick Maginn, Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

The Rising Tied track listing
  1. Introduction
  2. Remember The Name (Feat. Styles Of Beyond)
  3. Right Now (Feat. Black Thought and Styles Of Beyond)
  4. Petrified
  5. Feel Like Home (Feat. Styles Of Beyond)
  6. Where'd You Go (Feat. Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga)
  7. In Stereo
  8. Back Home (Feat. Common and Styles Of Beyond)
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Believe Me (Feat. Styles Of Beyond and Eric Bobo)
  11. Get Me Gone
  12. High Road (Feat. John Legend)
  13. Kenji
  14. Red To Black (Feat. Jonah Matranga, Kenna and Styles Of Beyond)
  15. The Battle (Feat. Celph Titled)
  16. Slip Out The Back (Feat. Mr. Hahn)


On August 15, 2005, a coded message appeared on Fort Minor's website saying, "The Rising Tied contains a song called Back Home. It features Styles of Beyond and Common, although the four vocalists are not all from the same home city. This song was an opportunity to reflect on what gives their respective home towns identity and in doing so discover the similarities."[1]

In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song.[2] On "Back Home", he said, "On this next song, ‘Back Home’, it was really great to get in the studio with Common. I had met him on a bunch of different occasions, and uhm, he always just seemed to be a real nice guy, like the.. we always just seem to get along, and have funny conversations, and talk about… get off on weird subjects and all that. This beat for some reason just.. it wanted to have Common on it, I played him the song and he’s like: “Oh, let me get on that one”."

On the Making of The Rising Tied DVD, Mike talks about having Common come to the studio when he was making the album. He said, "The song "Back Home" is about the less publicized version of where we come from. Common being from Chicago, and me and SOB being from LA. The version of LA that you usually hear about doesn't include Little Tokyo and Koreatown and Alverado Street and The Valley and Pasadena. So we wanted to stay true to those things about LA."

He added, "When Common came in to record "Back Home", he played me his soon-to-be released album which was entitled "Be" and I played him tracks from my record. It was pretty funny because I think we spent more time kicking back and just talking than we actually did recording. Common's a pretty deep dude and even though we don't agree on everything, we tend to have some pretty interesting conversations."


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Back Home The Rising Tied 3:44 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Features vocals by Common and Styles Of Beyond.
Back Home The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version) 3:44 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Censored.
  • Different vocal take.
  • Different lyrics.
Back Home Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied 3:47 2005
  • Official instrumental version.



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