Second To None
|"Second To None"|
|Song by Styles Of Beyond from the album Reseda Beach|
|Released||June 26, 2007|
|Live debut||September 03, 2007|
|Last played||August 17, 2007|
|Writer||Takbir Bashir, Ryan Matthew Maginn, Mike Shinoda|
|Label||Dirty Version Records, Tokyo Sex Whale|
"Second To None" is the fifteenth track on Styles Of Beyond's third studio album, Reseda Beach. The song was produced by Mike Shinoda and features him on vocals.
Describing how the song came together, Mike said, "Second to None" was a beat, I think I came up with that beat after the Fort Minor record, I think. And I wanted to hear somebody rapping over it, I didn't want to just put it on my own. We were working on the Styles of Beyond record and I kind of pitched it to them. And we ended up just doing it. I think we didn't know what would happen with it, but we were like, "Oh yeah this is dope, this is a dope beat." My concept for it, for part of it, I was listening to like 1988, 89, and 90s rap. Before Big Daddy Kane started making songs for like, girls. Like he was making R&B songs. At first he was doing like, hardcore rap and then he was like, making songs to be an R&B star. I loved back when he was dancing too, with it, which was so crazy. If don't know anything about Big Daddy Kane, look up Big Daddy Kane at the Apollo. K-A-N-E, that was like one of my favorite eras of stuff as a little kid, like seeing this stuff. And so "Second to None" was created with that in my mind."
About Mike's role on Reseda Beach, Ryu said, "Yeah, well pretty much we’ve been working with Mike [Shinoda] as long as S.O.B. has been together and putting out music. We all started together, we used to do demos in his bedroom. Mike produced even on the first Styles Of Beyond record [2000 Fold], so us working together was such a natural thing and as far as what his role was on the album, we kind of just trust his direction on things. What we do is he’s the executive producer on the record and what that entails is us just doing a bunch of songs and listening back to them and him telling us which ones are good and which ones aren’t, what we should do with certain ones and just giving us a gang of notes. He was totally involved with it and then he also provided beats for us too. I forget all the ones he did on there but I know he did “Second To None.” He polished this record for us because we were on a major label when we did this, we couldn’t just necessarily go in there and do 68-bar verses on every song and no hooks and stuff like that so it had to be somewhat acceptable for the label so he helped polish our sound a little bit."
"Second To None" was originally released on June 26, 2007 as a part of the Transformers soundtrack.
On July 6, 2007, the LPU Newsletter included a comment from Mike about the song:
"hey everyone, i'm back with a little bit of news for you guys, for those of you who are familiar with STYLES OF BEYOND aka S.O.B. from my fort minor project:
S.O.B. just released a brand new song called "second to none." i produced the track, so i thought you might like to check it out. verses by me, tak, and ryu, plus scratches by cheapshot. it's on the new TRANSFORMERS soundtrack (available on iTunesÂ…put it on your new iPhone, ya heard?)
anyway, that song should be a little taste of one of the many sides of their forthcoming album, "Rocket Surgery," which will be out later this year on machine shop / warner bros. records. hope you enjoy it.
thanks, -m shinoda"
On July 30, 2007, Styles Of Beyond released the Razor Tag mixtape which included "Second To None" as a bonus track. The mixtape was released during the Projekt Revolution Tour 2007. It featured 21 songs as well as 2 additional bonus tracks - "Savin' L.A." and "Second To None." Mike has a production credit on the album for the song "You Cannot Fuck With This."
When Styles Of Beyond released the Reseda Beach album on October 23, 2012, "Second To None" was included as track 15 on disc 1. Disc 2 included the Razor Tag tracks as well as a few bonus songs.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Second To None||Transformers - The Album
|3:07||2007||June 26, 2007||
Mike performed "Second To None" with Styles Of Beyond on Projekt Revolution 2007, starting mid-way through the tour at the show in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He also joined the group in performing "Remember The Name" at these shows. For the performance in Hartfort, Connecticut, Connecticut-native Apathy joined the group for the song, even though he isn't featured in the studio version.
When Fort Minor made a comeback in 2015, Mike ran an online setlist poll to see which songs fans wanted him to add into the Fort Minor setlist. The choices were "Second To None", "High Voltage", "Step Up", "Red To Black", and "Right Now". "High Voltage" ended up winning.
- Ryu, Tak, Mike Shinoda: rapping
- Mike Shinoda: production
- DJ Cheapshot: scratching
- McKay Garner: mixing
- Vin Skully: recording
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In Other Media
- "Second To None" is featured in the 2007 film Transformers and was included in its soundtrack album.
- "Second To None" is featured in the 2009 film The Arena: North Shore.
- "Second To None" is featured in the 2009 film Street Dreams.