We Made It

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"We Made It"
Single by Busta Rhymes
Recorded 2007
Released June 27, 2008
Format CD, Digital
Length 03:58
Live debut May 2, 2008 (Busta Rhymes)
May 29, 2008 (Linkin Park)
Last played July 23, 2008 (Linkin Park)
Writer(s) Trevor Smith, Marcello Valenzano, Andre Lyon, Chester Bennington, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda
Producer(s) Cool & Dre, Mike Shinoda
Label Flipmode, Aftermath, Interscope
Linkin Park singles chronology

Leave Out All The Rest (2008) We Made It (2008) New Divide (2009)

"We Made It" is a non-album single by Busta Rhymes featuring Linkin Park. It was released on April 29, 2008, debuting and peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #65.

Background

Busta Rhymes first met Linkin Park when they were mixing their first album, Hybrid Theory, and Busta liked their sound.

"We Made It" was produced by Cool & Dre for Busta Rhymes' eighth studio album, Back on My B.S., which was tentatively called "Blessed" at the time. Eddie "Crack Keys" Montilla recorded keyboards while Cool & Dre played all other instruments and also sang the original hook.

On May 2, 2008, Busta Rhymes spoke to MTV about the song: "The [beat for the] Linkin Park record was given to me by Cool & Dre about seven months ago. I’m on a bus ride from New York to L.A., about 38 hours. Every time I’m on the bus, I listen to the collective of beats I get for my album, just to vibe. We was listening to that song one day when I heard the beat. Cool & Dre had the chorus on there. I was like, ‘This record is one of the biggest anthems,’ because it felt like it was speaking to the common man. It wasn’t exploiting what we usually exploit in hip-hop: the ass, throwing money, rims on the car. At this time in my career, it felt like something was needed, something inspirational. It speaks to the man in the struggle from the ‘hood to the upper echelon."

After listening to the song, Busta said Linkin Park kept "popping up in his head". So he contacted the band and asked them to work on the track.

Linkin Park's parts were recorded in 2007 during the band's Asian Tour. As soon as they arrived in Taipei for their first show in Taiwan, the band went straight to a studio to work on the song. They worked from 9pm of November 15th until 6am of November 16th (the day of the show). The vocals were recorded at the next stop of the tour, in Shanghai, China.

Chester Bennington sang the hook, while Mike Shinoda did some harmonies, a second verse and some production work, and Brad Delson laid down some guitar at the end.

Instead of censoring the song for radio airplay, Busta Rhymes recorded two different vocal takes, each with with different lyrics, for the clean and dirty versions of the song.

Mike Shinoda announced the collaboration in his blog on April 16, 2008, saying: "as many of you may realize, this is the first time LP has been “featured” on a new song by any artist. we have done individual cameos in the past (and did a “mash-up” of existing songs with a certain mr. s-dot-carter) but this is the first time you have seen “featuring linkin park” on any all-new song. for my part, the thing that drew me in was the musicality of the track and the sincerity of busta’s performance. it’s a song about overcoming adversity and celebrating the difficult obstacles that we overcome. i loved writing to it, and hope you all enjoy the song, which should be out soon."

He also said Busta would set up a charity foundation tentatively called the "We Made It Foundation" that would be rewarding young students for quarterly excellence in academics and discipline–at home and at school.

When speaking to MTV on May 28, 2008 about his album, Busta Rhymes said: "The record was inspired by the situation that transpired with T.I. right after the BET Hip-Hop Awards. My legal situations were current, and his legal situations were current, and Akon had his, you know, history of legal situations in the past ... We wanted people to as bad as things might look for us sometimes just know that it ain't over until you say it's over at the end of the day. 'Cause nobody can really dictate what the outcome of your destiny, what your life is going to end up becoming, unless you let it happen that way."

The song was removed from Back on My B.S. after Busta Rhymes was dropped from Interscope Records as "We Made It" was his last song on the label. An advance version of the album shared on the internet still had "We Made It" as the first track.

Tracklist

CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 We Made It Trevor Smith, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson 3:58
2 We Made It (A Capella Edit) Trevor Smith, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson 3:00
3 We Made It (Instrumental) Trevor Smith, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson 3:58
4 We Made It (Video) Trevor Smith, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson 4:31

Digital Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 We Made It Trevor Smith, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson 3:58
2 We Made It (A Capella Edit) Trevor Smith, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson 2:59
3 We Made It (Instrumental) Trevor Smith, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson 3:58

Music Video

The video for “We Made It” was directed by Chris Robinson and filmed at the same location where Linkin Park were photographed for their Meteora artwork and featured cameo appearances from Styles of Beyond, Bishop Lamont and Lamar Odom.

The music video premiered on BET on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 and on Yahoo! Music for 24 hours only.

The clean version of the song was used in the video.

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
We Made It (feat. Linkin Park) We Made It 3:58 2007 April 29, 2008
  • Clean version.
  • Listed as "We Made It (Album Version)" on the physical single.
  • Recorded for Busta Rhymes' Back On My B.S..
We Made It (Dirty) We Made It (Promo) 3:57 2007 2008
  • Different vocal take.
  • Different lyrics.
We Made It (feat. Linkin Park) (Instrumental) We Made It 3:58 2007 April 29, 2008
We Made It (feat. Linkin Park) (A Cappella Edit) We Made It 2:59 2007 April 29, 2008
We Made It (A Cappella Edit) We Made It (EU Single) 3:00 2007 April 29, 2008
  • Dirty acapella version mislabeled as clean version.
  • The CD contains only the clean version of the song.

Live

Linkin Park

The first performance with Linkin Park was at their rehearsal studio Third Encore on May 29, 2008, to an audience of 14 members of the Linkin Park fan club who were blindfolded and taken from Warner Bros HQ in Hollywood to Third Encore, the location of the band's rehearsal spot. Mike said that this was the first time ever that any fans had ever been let into the band's rehearsal studio. Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star joined the band for "We Made It" and then they announced that Busta Rhymes would join Linkin Park on the Projekt Revolution Tour.

The first public performance of "We Made It" happened at the first show of the Projekt Revolution Tour, in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on July 16, 2008. The song would be performed at only 5 more shows: Burgettstown, Camden, Hartford, Wantagh, Holmdel. All performances featured Spliff Star on backing vocals and Adam Monroe from ASHES dIVIDE on keyboards.

Busta Rhymes didn't perform his set at the Holmdel show but came out for "We Made It" before leaving the tour. Mike Shinoda posted a note on his blog: "busta rhymes has unfortunately had to leave projekt revolution. we were all extremely disappointed to see him go; we enjoyed the energy and personality he brought to the tour, and we looked forward to playing “we made it” on stage with him each night. his departure was due to a number of complicated business matters that were out of anyone’s control. we hope to cross paths with busta again soon!"

It was later discovered that Busta Rhymes was dropped from Interscope Records.

Busta Rhymes

The song was first performed on May 2, 2008 during Busta Rhymes' concert at Club Index in Schüttorf, Germany. Another confirmed performance happened on May 6, 2008 at Nachtschicht Hard in Vorarlberg, Austria.

During those concerts, the studio instrumental was played, Busta Rhymes rapped his verses, lip synced the chorus and told the audience to move their arms up and down during Mike Shinoda's verse. Spliff Star was on backing vocals.

Promotion

Personnel

  • Vocal - Busta Rhymes
  • Vocal - Chester Bennington
  • Vocal, Guitar – Mike Shinoda
  • Guitar – Brad Delson
  • Keyboards – Eddie "Crack Keys" Montilla
  • All Other Instruments – Cool & Dre

Production

  • Mixed By – Neil Pogue
  • Producer [Co-], Recorded By – Mike Shinoda
  • Producer – Cool & Dre
  • Recorded By – Gina Victoria, Rande Johnson
  • Written-By – Andre Lyon (Dre), Eddie Montilla, Marcello Valenzano (Cool), Mike Shinoda, Trevor Smith (Busta Rhymes)

Lyrics

Gallery

In Other Media

  • "We Made It" is featured in the 2008 videogame Madden NFL 09.

Other Uses

  • This song was sampled by Chamillionaire in the song "The Real Thang" on the mixtape Mixtape Messiah 4 released in 2008.

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