Be Somebody

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"Be Somebody"
Album-The Rising Tied Special Edition.jpg
Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied - Special Edition
Recorded 2005
Released November 28, 2005
Format Digital, CD
Length 3:15
Writer Wasalu Jaco, Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

The Rising Tied - Special Edition 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)
  17. -
  18. -
  19. Be Somebody (Feat. Holly Brook, Lupe Fiasco and Tak)
  20. There They Go (Feat. Sixx John)
  21. The Hard Way (Feat. Kenna)

"Be Somebody" is the eleventh track on Fort Minor's We Major mixtape. It was also released on the special edition and tour edition of The Rising Tied.


"Be Somebody" features Lupe Fiasco and Holly Brook. It is one of two Fort Minor songs to feature Lupe Fiasco, the other one being "Spraypaint & Inkpens".

In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song.[1] On "Be Somebody", he said, "The bonus tracks... These are the tracks that didn’t make the cut, uhm, because… simply because I didn’t wanna have, you know, like 21 songs or whatever on the record, but I hope everybody gets a chance to hear these, especially this song ‘Be Somebody’. Uhm, Lupe Fiasco is,.. he’s just the greatest guy. Uhm, I can’t say enough about this guy. He’s technically so talented, his heart is in the right place, he’s entertaining, and he killed it on this song. He writes in the same way that Jay writes, in a sense that he doesn’t put anything down, he just goes in a booth and kinda thinks about things and lays them down. He’ll get to let’s say, a verse is 16 bars. He’ll just sit there and vibe out to the music and he’ll tell you to record and he’ll put down the first four bars, and then he’ll stop and then he’ll vibe out on those 4 and add another 2, 4, 5, 6 bars, so he just kinda pieces it together and by the end he was probably finished with the verse from beginning to the end in I’d say less than 30 minutes. And he never puts a word down on paper. "

In a rare move for Mike Shinoda, the lyrics of "Be Somebody" contain reused lines from Mike's collaboration with DJ Vice, "Freestyle" from 2001. On "Freestyle", Mike rapped, "I don't sleep to dream / I sleep to build stamina, energy to plan in advance / get your camera" while in "Be Somebody" he slightly alters them to "we don't sleep to dream / we sleep to build stamina, energy to do our thing / get your camera."

On the Making of The Rising Tied DVD, Brad Delson, who was the A&R for this album and helped Mike pick songs on the album with Jay-Z, said that he thought "Be Somebody" was " cool, but Lupe's verse was dope."

On March 28, 2005, Lupe Fiasco posted on his website referring to the collaborations with Mike, "what up homeys and homettes? Lupe Fiasco is here!!! This Lupe checkin in. Yo Godwillin' I'll be in Cali next week in the studio with Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park working on some joints for my forthcoming album "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor". I plan on filming the whole thing so the footage should be on the site soon. peace out FNF UP! ..." and again with, "LUPE & LINKIN.... What up homeys and homettes...In Cali...that's right young westide is on the young westide!...just did some joints with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda...the album is coming together nicely...keep ya posted...ROTN mixtape is almost done too!...I figure like middle March...respect to everybody who post…"[2]

On April 13, 2005, Lupe posted again, saying in response to Linkin Park fans who had joined his forum, "Welcome fellow LP fans!!!...I'm a huge Linkin Park fan...really so when we were in the studio I had to contain myself and not geek out...but the whole time Im thinkin like "damn I'm in the studio with Linkin Park!"and "Mike Shinoda is doin a record for my album"...insane...almost to good to be real...I kept my composure through the recording process but when we finished I most certainly did geek out and had to get pictures and the whole nine yards...dont worry about the music it's crazy...and thats from the fan side first...hip-hop artist second..." When asked about the recording process, he also added, "he (mike) basicallly had a cd with beats he produced...I think like 5...I picked two...flew back to Chicago...wrote and recorded to one of them and it came out sick! it was like he supplied the music and I supplied the words...the track has more of an original feel to it than the collision course had to me...LP heads should love it..."[3]

The fan site (Fort Minor Unofficial) interviewed Lupe in May 2005.[4] He said, "Well...I originally met Mike at an MTV Video Music Awards after-party...we were introduced through a mutual friend...I told him I was a huge LP fan and I just so happened to have a bag of my mixtapes with me...which now that I think about it may have seemed a little odd...but I gave him one, we exchanged contact info and we kept in sparse contact after that. I found out from Jay-Z, another mutual friend, sometime after that Mike was putting together a solo project and that he was Co-Executive producing on it as he is doing on my album. Jay was like it would be hot if I was apart of the project and set it up and that was that..."

In a stream on June 18, 2020, Mike talked a bit about how he made some of the samples for Linkin Park and Fort Minor songs. About the "Be Somebody" kick, he said "I actually made that using a Korg drum machine."[5]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Be Somebody The Rising Tied 3:15 2005 November 28, 2005
Be Somebody The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version) 3:15 2005 November 28, 2005
  • Censored.
Be Somebody We Major 3:12 2005 October 30, 2005
  • Tak was left uncredited.
Be Somebody Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied 3:11 2005
  • Official instrumental version.




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