Second To None

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"Second To None"
Song by Styles Of Beyond from the album Transformers - The Album
Recorded 2006-2007
Released June 26, 2007
Format Digital, CD
Length 3:07
Live debut September 03, 2007
Last played August 17, 2007
Writer Takbir Bashir, Ryan Matthew Maginn, Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Dirty Version Records, Tokyo Sex Whale

Reseda Beach track listing
  1. Here We Go
  2. Hard
  3. Sugar Honey Iced Tea
  4. Take That (feat. Celph Titled)
  5. Call My Name
  6. Bumble Bee (Interlude)
  7. The Pirate Song (feat. Apathy)
  8. Damn
  9. Dumb It Down (feat. Apathy)
  10. Howdy Doody
  11. Live From Ibiza (Interlude)
  12. You Love Us (feat. Somaya Reece)
  13. Shut Everything Down (featuring Celph Titled)
  14. Dunky Fividends (feat. Apathy)
  15. Second To None (feat. Mike Shinoda)
  16. The Valley (Outro)

Disc 2:

  1. Gats N Party Hats
  2. Hard (Remix)
  3. It's Us
  4. Hey You (feat. Mike Shinoda)
  5. You Cannot Fuck With This (feat. Celph Titled)
  6. Here We Come
  7. World Famous
  8. Bring It Back (feat. Apathy, Celph Titled & Motive)
  9. Murderer (feat. Celph Titled)
  10. Live At The BBQ (feat. Apathy, Motive & Celph Titled)
  11. The Story Begins
  12. Bangin' S.O.B.
  13. Kill 'Em In The Face (feat. Scoop DeVille)
  14. Get Involved
  15. They Don't Know
  16. Journey
  17. Savin' L.A. (feat. Bishop Lamont)
  18. Radio Clash
  19. Kick Me Out
  20. Chill Pill (feat. Apathy)

Background

"Second To None" is a song produced by Mike Shinoda for Styles Of Beyond's third studio album, Reseda Beach. The track also features vocals by Mike, and was originally released in 2007 as part of the Transformers soundtrack. In the same year, the song was included in the Styles Of Beyond mixtape Razor Tag as a bonus track.

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."

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Second To None Transformers - The Album

Razor Tag

Reseda Beach

3:07 2007 June 26, 2007
  • Features vocals by Mike Shinoda.

Live

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.

Mike rapped his verse of the song over the extended intro of "Points Of Authority" once: during Linkin Park's performance in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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.

Live Guests

  • Apathy

Personnel

  • Ryu, Tak, Mike Shinoda: rapping
  • Mike Shinoda: production
  • DJ Cheapshot: scratching
  • McKay Garner: mixing
  • Vin Skully: recording

Lyrics

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.

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