Part Of Me

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"Part Of Me"
Album-Hybrid Theory EP.jpg
Song by Hybrid Theory from the album Hybrid Theory EP
Recorded 1999
Released 1999
Format Digital, CD
Length 12:41
Writer Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon
Producer Mudrock, Mike Shinoda
Label Mix Media Entertainment

Hybrid Theory EP track listing
  1. Carousel
  2. Technique (Short)
  3. Step Up
  4. And One
  5. High Voltage
  6. Part Of Me
  7. Track 7

"Part Of Me" was one of three songs co-produced and mixed by Mudrock and Mike Shinoda for the Hybrid Theory EP. The song was written by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, and Rob Bourdon. Kyle Christener is credited for bass on the original EP but his name was removed from subsequent issues. He originally claimed that his bass tracks weren't used in the EP,[1] but later retracted that statement. "Though Christner was once under the misimpression that his bass parts were re-recorded on the EP after he left the band, he has, upon closer review, identified his bass playing on the edition of the EP included in the box set," his 2023 lawsuit reads.[2][3]


The first version of "Part Of Me" with Chester Bennington was recorded towards the end of May 1999 with "Untitled" and "Flower".[4] When questioned about the meaning of the song, Mike simply said "read the lyrics."[5] According to Jeff Blue's One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park book, the song is about the "obsession with one's own shortcomings and alleviating them."[4]

Speaking to ShoutWeb in October 2000, Mike Shinoda explained how the song came together: "Every time we write a song it starts from something different. I wrote a song from a sample that Brad collected of a car alarm. He got woken up or something to a car alarm from a garage in the parking lot underneath his apartment. He recorded it. I sampled it. I looped it. He wrote a guitar part to it and we wrote a song around it. That was an older song of ours that is not on the album. That was called "Part of Me". It was part of an EP that we put out with a baby on the cover. That was a little project we put together when Chester first came to California. It was the first time we were in the studio. Actually it was with Mudrock who did Godsmack's tracks. He was someone we had met who was really nice and we could do something for a small amount of money."[6] The band worked on the Hybrid Theory EP with Mudrock in June 1999.[4]

The track contains an untitled hidden instrumental track created by Mike Shinoda, which is known (unofficially) by fans as "Ambient" or "Secret". The instrumental has no official title and Mike refers to it simply as "the end of Part Of Me".[7][8] Despite this, the credits of the LPU reissue of the EP treat it as a separate song calling it "Track 7."

After the original release of the EP, the band continued working on "Part Of Me" for inclusion on their debut studio album, Hybrid Theory, but it didn't make it to the final tracklist. The last known version of the song dates from February 2000 and was meant for a canceled 8 Song EP. On the later versions of the song, there are new vocal takes from both Mike and Chester, with Chester screaming "cut myself free" on the pre-chorus. The bridge progresses differently and the last chorus is different. None of these subsequent versions had the hidden track.


On October 14, 2016, an instrumental demo of the song titled "Chair" was released, along with a track-by-track video with Mike Shinoda, who claimed that the track had "...the worst name of any of them". He went on to state "What's great about ending on this one is that it's basically a demo of a demo. There was a song on our earliest sampler as a band back when we were called Xero. That song was called "Part Of Me". When we wrote it, Chester wasn't in the band yet. We had never even met Chester, and then, when we did meet Chester and he trying out for the band, we sent him songs and this is one of the songs that he sang live and in the rehearsal room. It was the cusp. It was right when we really were starting to become Linkin Park. So this is a demo of that song; the most raw version of it where we hadn't even put guitars on it yet, but we were thinking about it. We hadn't even put any live instruments, and the drums in it were samples of Rob's live drums in our rehearsal room but put into the sampler and then I was playing them on pads and just put it down on my cassette board track to get to the next step and see what was gonna happen next.

This track you're hearing is a snapshot in time of that moment when the band was just starting, and I think that's such a nice way to wrap up this year's LPU 15 release. We've come so far as a band, and as a community with you guys, with the LPU music releases. It's all about giving you an insight into the evolution in the band, it's an insight into how we write, it's an insight into where the songs come from."


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Part Of Me Hybrid Theory EP 12:41 1999 1999
Part Of Me Hybrid Theory EP (Re-Issue)

Songs From The Underground

A Decade Underground

Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)

12:41 1999 November 19, 2001
Chair (1999 "Part Of Me" Demo) LP Underground 15 1:57 1999 October 14, 2016
  • Instrumental demo.
  • No guitars.
  • No live instruments.
  • Released for free download exclusively to LPU members on October 14, 2016 in WAV format.
Part Of Me Demos 3:38 1999
  • The CD dates from January 7, 2000.
  • Different mix.
  • Different vocal take from Mike.
  • Two intro loops before guitar (just like the EP version).
  • Chester screams "Cut myself free" during the pre-chorus.
  • The second part of the bridge is different vocally and progresses differently (instrumentally) into the chorus.
  • Different last chorus.
  • Released on LPFuse for free download on Christmas 2004.
Part Of Me Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo

Linkin Park - Demos From 02-2000

3:45 2000
  • The first CD it appears dates from February 2000.
  • Different mix.
  • Different vocal take from Chester and Mike.
  • Four intro loops before guitar.
  • Chester screams "Cut myself free" during the pre-chorus.
  • Mike raps "Alive in me, inside of me" during the first part of the bridge.
  • The second part of the bridge is different vocally and progresses differently (instrumentally) into the chorus.
  • The second part of the bridge contains backing vocals by Mike.
  • Different last chorus.


During a LP Underground chat on November 18, 2009, Rob Bourdon was questioned if the band ever played the songs from the Hybrid Theory EP live. He said he remembers playing "Carousel" and "Part Of Me" and added "it was probably in a small club in LA or Arizona."[9]

This information was confirmed by Mike Shinoda on August 12, 2015, during a Reddit AMA: "We played those songs a ton when the band name was "Hybrid Theory," and once we had a whole album to play, those kinda just went away."[10]

Mike Shinoda posted a tour diary the last day of Ozzfest 2001 that said, "8/13/01: END OF OZZFEST so the ozzfest is over. we're happy to be home, getting a little rest so that we can be fresh when we start the upcoming european and family values tours. we're hoping to do some cool new stuff on stage, and MAYBE even playing some older songs that we usually don't play. i don't know what it's going to be yet, but we are going to practice the e.p. songs to see if any of them work their way into the set. by the way, if you don't have the e.p., ask around on the messageboard for the mp3s. the songs are: carousel / technique / step up / and one / high voltage (original version) / part of me ...and there is a hidden instrumental track. -Mike"


  • Rob Bourdon
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Kyle Christner
  • Brad Delson
  • Chester Bennington
  • Mike Shinoda


  • Produced and mixed by Mudrock and Mike Shinoda
  • Mastered by Pat Kraus



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