|Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied|
|Released||November 22, 2005|
|Format||Digital, CD, Vinyl|
|Live debut||June 29, 2015|
|Last played||September 8, 2015|
|Label||Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records|
In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song. On "Kenji", he said, "When I was growing up, there were groups like Public Enemy, and Boogie Down Productions that would talk about more uhm, maybe political issues, or social issues... just whatever was affecting them, they thought, in their community and personally, and uhm, I don’t know, I feel like, and maybe that’s not completely missing from today’s hip-hop, but it’s definitely something that I’ve never done before on a record and I wanted to do. Uhm, especially when I thought about the fact that there’s never been a song done about Japanese internment. I’m half Japanese. My family was interned during World War II. What happened is after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US government basically went through a period, of what we would call now racial profiling. And they took all the Japanese Americans, anybody who was of Japanese descent and stuck them in internment camps. You can imagine, you come home from work, and the FBI’s sitting there and they tell you to pack up your stuff and you’re leaving today to go to a camp for the rest of the war, and you don’t know how long it’s gonna be, and it ended up being, you know, one to two years for a lot of people. Even after that there was a lot of racial tension going on and everything was just very difficult for families like mine, so I wanted to make a song about that. A lot of people when they hear that this happened, they can’t even imagine that this happened in the US, but it did. "
"Kenji (Interview Version)" was released by Mike Shinoda for free download exclusively for Fort Minor Militia members in December 2005. The song was produced and mixed by Mike. He wrote: "this song is a fort minor militia preview. it will be available on fortminor.com later, but you're hearing it here first. this version of the song contains interview clips only...all the things that were in the interviews that i couldn't fit into the song, but i thought i should put this out there for you to hear. i think this version really tells the intimate side of my family's internment camp story well. also, don't miss this part of the story: my dad's family was pretty successful before they were forced into the camp; when they got out, they had newspaper for wallpaper and were picking grapes as day-laborers. the internment had hit them pretty hard."
This version was also made available for download through Fort Minor's official website in March 2006.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Kenji||The Rising Tied||3:51||2005||November 22, 2005||
|Kenji||The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version)||3:51||2005||November 22, 2005||
|Kenji (Interview Version)||2:24||2005||December 2005||
|Kenji||Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied||3:50||2005||
"Kenji" was not performed at all until 2015 when Fort Minor made its comeback with "Welcome". Mike performed the song as a mashup with "Castle Of Glass" - the instrumental was a remix of the M. Shinoda Remix found on Recharged, and featured the regular lyrics of "Castle Of Glass" until the bridge, where Mike performed all of the parts of "Kenji" over the bridge instrumental (with the speeches included over the speaker).
The studio version of "Kenji" finally made its debut in 2018 when Mike began touring for Post Traumatic. The song was featured mid-set, eventually gaining an extended intro when the tour went to Asia. Matt Harris would play the extended intro on guitar before switching to a bass guitar during the main part of the song, with Mike playing synth chords before the track started. Starting with the second show of the tour in Bangkok, Thailand, Mike began rapping verse one of "Hands Held High" over the intro. Because "Hands Held High" is banned in China due to their censorship laws, Mike experimented with a few verses during the Chinese shows that featured "Kenji" in the set, performing verse one and part of verse two of "It's Goin' Down" and verse three of "Until It Breaks" over the intro.
Last Updated: September 14, 2016
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Alternative||Mashup with "Castle Of Glass"||June 29, 2015||September 8, 2015|
Last Updated: August 23, 2018
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||Ext. Intro w/ No Verse||August 7, 2018||August 7, 2018|
|Intro||Ext. Intro w/ "Hands Held High" Verse 1||August 9, 2018||August 19, 2018|
|Intro||Ext. Intro w/ "It's Goin' Down" Verse 1 & Partial Verse 2||August 12, 2018||August 12, 2018|
|Intro||Ext. Intro w/ "Until It Breaks" Verse 3||August 14, 2018||August 14, 2018|
"My father came from Japan in 1905,
"I was a kid in, I was a, I was a baby and a young kid in camp"
- Mike Walks Us Through 'The Rising Tied' | LP Association Forums, October 27, 2006