Closing

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"Closing"
Album-Rapology 12.jpg
Song by Xero from the album Rapology 12
Released 1998
Format CD
Length 1:43
Samples Deftones - Root
Producer Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn
Label The Urban Network

Rapology 12 track listing
  1. Cali Kings - Drop
  2. John Forte' - Ninety Nine (Flash The Message)
  3. Sporty Thieves - Cheap Scate
  4. Krondon - Drop
  5. KRS One, Zack De La Rocha, & The Last Emperor - C.I.A. (Criminals In Action)
  6. Royal Flush - Can't Help It (Remix)
  7. Cam'Ron - 357 (Magnum P.I.)
  8. Rah Sun - What?
  9. Woodwellas - Drop
  10. Charli Baltimore - Money
  11. Mood - Karma
  12. Sunz Of Man - Shining Star
  13. Lynn Gonzales - Drop
  14. A+, feat. Canibus & The Lost Boyz - Boyz 2 Men
  15. Adina Howard featuring Jamie Foxx - T-Shirts And Panties
  16. Xero - Closing

"Closing" is the sixteenth and final track on Urban Network Magazine's 1998 hip-hop compilation Rapology 12. It's a short rap rock verse taking its title from the fact that it is the closing track on the compilation.

Background

Rapology was a series of promotional / industry-only hip-hop compilation CDs issued by Urban Network Magazine[1] from 1992 to 2001. Lee Cadena, Rap Editor at Urban Network and creator of the Rapology series, started an artist management and development company in 1998 called LCM which worked with Xero.[2] At the time, Joe Hahn was working for the magazine as Cadena's assistant[3][4] and used to write reviews for them.[5] Xero contributed to Rapology 12 with an original track named "Closing" and Mike Shinoda also created artwork for the album. Although the song starts with "Kenji and DJ Artofficial representing Xero" (Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn respectively), Mark Wakefield can be heard doing backing vocals throughout the track. According to Mike, he decided to stop using the name Kenji because too many people heard it as "Ken G".[6]

The guitar riff on "Closing" is sampled from the song "Root" by Deftones. The order of the notes and which ones are repeated was changed slightly. They were one of Mark's favorite bands in high school[7] and a big influence on Linkin Park's music as explained by Mike, "There was a bounce to their music that reminded me of my favorite hip-hop songs. And even though the guitars were super heavy, oftentimes they felt smooth like a keyboard, as if the distortion had flattened it so much it was just a wash of chords."[8]

Back in the day, Mike Shinoda rapped with Styles Of Beyond members using the name Junkyard Scientific,[9] hence the shoutout to the group during the intro. This is one of three known songs in which the project is mentioned, the other ones being "Fuse" and "Fiends".

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Closing Rapology 12 1:43 1998 1998
  • Samples Deftones' "Root".
  • Released on LPLive for free download on April 21, 2017.

Personnel

Xero is:

  • Mike Shinoda
  • Mark Wakefield
  • Brad Delson
  • Rob Bourdon
  • Dave Farrell
  • Joe Hahn

Production

  • Executive producer: Lee "The Crusher" Cadena
  • Mastering: Stu Jacobs, Mr. Master
  • Manufactured by: Disctronics

Artwork

  • Art direction: Marisa Domizio
  • Cover illustration and graphic design: Mike Shinoda
  • Concept: Lee Cadena and Mike Shinoda
  • Production director: David A. Mitchell
  • Imaging Center Manager: Alden Keith Stubblefield

Lyrics

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