Fiends

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"Fiends"
Album-Rapology 14.jpg
Song by Xero featuring 007 from the album Rapology 14
Released 1998
Format CD
Length 3:15
Samples Styles Of Beyond - Spies Like Us (feat. Emcee 007)
Producer Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn
Label The Urban Network

Rapology 14 track listing
  1. Psycho Realm - Drop
  2. RZA - B.O.B.B.Y.
  3. Fat Joe F/ Big Pun, Cuban Link & Triple Seis - Bet Ya Man Can't (Triz)
  4. Kid Capri F/ Cocoa Brovaz - Follow Me
  5. Charli Baltimore F/ Ghostface - Stand Up
  6. The Roots - Adrenaline
  7. Styles Of Beyond - Drop
  8. Choclair - Flagrant
  9. Richie Rich - If
  10. DJ Wicked - Drop
  11. Kool G Rap F/ Miss Jones - Can't Stop The Shine
  12. Wayne-O - 1999
  13. Master P - Kenny's Dead
  14. Xero F/ 007 - Fiends

Disc 2:

  1. Funkdoobiest - Drop
  2. Pras F/ Mack 10 & Reptile - Yeah Eh Yeah Eh
  3. Tragedy Khadafi - Blood Type
  4. OutKast - Da Art Of Storytellin'
  5. Phelon - Drop
  6. Afu-Ra - Whirlwind Thru Cities
  7. Kardinal Offishall F/ Saukrates - !And What!?
  8. Black Star F/ Common - Respiration
  9. Baka Boyz - Drop
  10. Lao Fai - Total Recall
  11. Styles Of Beyond - Back It Up
  12. Sauce Money - Middle Finger U.
  13. Choclair & Kardinal - Drop

"Fiends" is the fourteenth track on Urban Network Magazine's 1998 hip-hop compilation Rapology 14. It was produced by Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn[1] and performed by Xero.

Background

Rapology was a series of promotional / industry-only hip-hip compilation CDs issued by Urban Network Magazine[2] from 1992 to 1999. Lee Cadena, Rap Editor at Urban Network and creator of the Rapology series, started an artist management and development company in 1998 called LCM which worked with Xero.[3] At the time, Joe Hahn was working for the magazine[4] and used to write reviews for them.[5] Xero contributed to Rapology 14 with an original track named "Fiends" and Mike Shinoda also created artwork for the album.

The tracklist reads "Xero F/007 Fiends CD Rap Up". Chris Barnnet, Styles Of Beyond's manager, was best friends with Mike Shinoda[6] and used to go by the names Emcee 007 and Chris 007. Besides having his vocals featured during the intro and outro, his verse from Styles Of Beyond's "Spies Like Us" is also sampled in the song. In the lyrics, he is referred to as "Cash Double-Oh".

Back in the day, Mike Shinoda rapped with Styles Of Beyond members under the name Junkyard Scientific,[7] hence the "Junkyard Scientific, Styles, haha" lyric. This is one of two known songs in which the project is mentioned, the other one being "Fuse".

In the lyrics, Mike mentions "frequently me and Mark transform like DMC", giving a shoutout to the Xero lead singer Mark Wakefield (and making a reference to Run DMC). While Mike does the backing vocals and dubs in the verses, Mark is featured on the chorus doing backing vocals ("believe this / for the fiends / this is the sound / in the mist"). This is the only known Xero-era song to feature Mark on vocals outside of the four track tape. The line "like BDP on PCP" refers to legendary hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions.

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Fiends CD Rap Up Rapology 14 3:15 1998
  • Features vocals by 007.
  • Samples Styles Of Beyond's "Spies Like Us" (feat. Emcee 007).

Personnel

Xero is:

  • Mike Shinoda
  • Mark Wakefield
  • Brad Delson
  • Rob Bourdon
  • Dave Farrell
  • Joe Hahn

Production

  • Executive producer: Lee "The Crusher" Cadena
  • Mastering: Stu Jacobs, Mr. Master
  • Manufacturing: Disctronics

Artwork

  • Art direction: Mike Shinoda and Meilani MacDonald
  • Illustrations: Mike Shinoda
  • Graphic design: Mike Shinoda and Lance Whitfield
  • Concept: Lee Cadena and Mike Shinoda
  • Imaging Center Manager: Alden Keith Stubblefield

Lyrics

Gallery

External Links

References

  1. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Confirmed, these are old songs we made in the earliest Xero days. I made a few tracks with Joe. We produced the tracks together, (1/2) https://t.co/OAUmXNETuX" ., March 10, 2017
  2. Xero Scavenger Hunt for "Closing" - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, March 11, 2017
  3. LEE CADENA | Free Listening on SoundCloud
  4. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "...Joe was working with Urban Network, a rap / r&b industry magazine & I was trying out the stage-name "Kenji." cc:@LPLive (2/2) https://t.co/OAUmXNETuX" ., March 10, 2017
  5. Bilawn Records - Styles Of Beyond, 1998
  6. Ryu Of Styles Of Beyond Explains Long Delays Of "Reseda Beach," Mike Shinoda's Involvement | HipHopDX, November 25, 2012
  7. Download: 2 New Xero Tracks "Fiends" and "Drop" - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, March 10, 2017