Cigarettes

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"Cigarettes"
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Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied
Recorded 2005
Released November 22, 2005
Format Digital, CD, Vinyl
Length 3:40
Live debut February 24, 2006
Last played September 8, 2015
Writer 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)

Background

In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song.[1] On "Cigarettes", he said, "This next song, ‘Cigarettes’, uhm, was one of the first demos, that I did for Fort Minor. I remember I was in the bus on a Linkin Park tour, and I was throwing together a beat, you know, just for fun. I didn’t have any intention of making a record, and, uhm, this song ‘Cigarettes’ kinda came together. I remember playing it for friends and this… you know, this was one of the songs, that everyone said: “You know, maybe you should put out a whole album?”. Eventually, you know, one thing led to another and I’m making a whole Fort Minor record and I, uh, I played this for Jay-Z, and he said it was just one of his favorite songs on the record. Probably his favorite lyrics on the record. And I asked him: “Do you think it’s weird, that me, you know, people see me as a person coming from Linkin Park, which is a rock band, is it weird to have a song like this, which is obviously a kind of commentary on where the hip-hop is at right now?” Being, that we kind of know each other a little bit, he knows, uhm, I was raised on hip-hop, and that’s just the backbone of my musical, you know, background, or experience and he said, you know: “If you love hip-hop the way that I know you do, then you’re allowed to be critical of it – if it freaks people out, then let it be... let it do that to people.” I don’t dislike the gangster thing, I just felt like I could do the record without it."

The song was started from the verses.[2]

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Cigarettes The Rising Tied 3:40 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Features vocals by John Legend.
Cigarettes The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version) 3:40 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Different vocal take.
  • Different lyrics.
Cigarettes Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied 3:42 2005
  • Official instrumental version.

Live

"Cigarettes" was first played live during Fort Minor's Asian Tour in 2006, though it was only the first verse of the song rapped a cappella by Mike. It wasn't until Mike brought Fort Minor back from hiatus in 2015 that "Cigarettes" was played in full, albeit in a remixed fashion. The remix featured a slightly new beat and an entirely different ending, with Mike yelling through a vocoder.

Variations

Last Updated: December 13, 2015

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative 2015 Remix June 29, 2015 September 8, 2015

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