|Song by Fort Minor from the album We Major|
|Released||October 30, 2005|
|Samples||Bloc Party - Banquet|
|Writer||Takbir Bashir, Chad Bromley, Mike Shinoda|
|Label||Machine Shop Recordings|
"Bloc Party" is the fourth track on Fort Minor's We Major mixtape.
"Bloc Party" features Mike Shinoda, Tak from Styles Of Beyond, and Apathy.
Apathy said about the song, "Styles of Beyond are Demigodz. That's my crew. They connected Celph and I with Mike. Mike loved our shit, and showed us CRAZY love. He sent me the Bloc Party beat, I rocked to it, sent it back to him the next day. I produced the beat for "All Night", rapped to it, and didn't know if they were gonna use it or not... Mike added the extra drums on it, put Tak and Celph on it... and the rest is history. Mike is a monster. Nasty MC and producer. That muthafucker knows he's nice too. I'm sure we'll be doin work in the future. Demigodz will always hold it down for Mike, no matter what. All he has to do is say the word."
The song samples "Banquet" by Bloc Party which was released the previous year in 2004, hence the name. Specifically, "Bloc Party" samples the main guitar riff from "Banquet."
Ryu's line "you've got a better chance of getting Danny Hayes on the phone" is a reference to longtime Linkin Park attorney Danny Hayes, who legally represented the band from Hybrid Theory to Living Things.
Tak's line, "Breaking the habit is impossible, what happened to Tak?" is a double reference to Linkin Park's song "Breaking The Habit" from 2003's Meteora and the fact that Tak is addicted to making music.
The ending of Tak's verse, "Ha, Styles and Machine Shop, necklace fly, no wonder everybody's so petrified / I said, Styles and Machine Shop, necklace fly, no wonder everybody's so petrified.." is alluding to the chorus of the song "Petrified" from The Rising Tied which asks, "why's everybody so petrified?"
The version of the song on We Major features a rewind edit of the first verse by DJ Green Lantern, who hosted the mixtape.
In November 2007, Apathy released Hell's Lost & Found: It's The Bootleg, Muthafuckas! Volume 2 which contains "Bloc Party" with no rewind edit and no transition at the start of the song from "Dolla". However, it does still contain DJ Green Lantern saying, "This is an invasion!" at the beginning.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Bloc Party||We Major||2:39||2005||October 30, 2005||
|Bloc Party (feat. Mike Shinoda & Tak of Styles Of Beyond)||Hell's Lost & Found: It's The Bootleg, Muthafuckas! Volume 2||2:31||2005||November 20, 2007||
Fort Minor never performed "Bloc Party", but Styles Of Beyond did. A confirmed performance of the song happened in Hartfort, Connecticut on Projekt Revolution 2007, where Connecticut-native Apathy joined the group for the song. Mike did not perform on it.
|We Major Version|
|It's The Bootleg Version|
- Fort Minor Unofficial - Interview with Apathy, November 4, 2005