I Have Not Begun

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"I Have Not Begun"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album LP Underground X: Demos
Recorded 2009
Released November 17, 2010

LP Underground X: Demos track listing
  1. Unfortunate (Unreleased Demo 2002)
  2. What We Don't Know (Unreleased Demo 2007)
  3. Oh No (Points Of Authority Demo)
  4. I Have Not Begun (Unreleased Demo 2009)
  5. Pale (Unreleased Demo 2006)
  6. Pretend To Be (Unreleased Demo 2008)
  7. Divided (Unreleased Demo 2005)
  8. What I've Done (M.Shinoda Remix)
  9. Coal (Unreleased Demo 1997)
  10. Halo (Unreleased Demo 2002)


"I Have Not Begun" was a song recorded in 2009, during the A Thousand Suns sessions. It was released on the LP Underground X: Demos CD in November 2010.

On January 30, 2010, Mike joined The Roots for their 6th Annual Jam Session in Los Angeles. On their performance of "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)", Mike rapped the first verse of "I Have Not Begun." At the time, it was unknown what the song was that Mike rapped, until the LPU X CD was released that fall.

On November 17, 2010, Mike posted on his blog: "The new LPUX CD is now available to LPU members. It’s definitely the strongest LPU album to date, with demos from all eras of the band. There are a few tracks on there with vocals from both me and Chester. This is one of the tracks from the CD; it’s called “I Have Not Begun.” It was a demo recorded around 2009 (although the lyrics were written earlier, which you can tell because of the "Machine Shop" reference!). Go to http://lpu.linkinpark.com/to join the LPU. This album is available for purchase by club members (and, as mentioned before, LPU members get first access to tickets to our upcoming North American tour). Lyrics on following page…"

Black Thought from The Roots is featured on Fort Minor's "Right Now" from 2005. The Roots also performed as the backing band on "Crossing A Line" when Mike performed on Jimmy Fallon in May 2018 to promote Post Traumatic.


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
I Have Not Begun (Unreleased Demo 2009) LP Underground X: Demos 3:06 2009 November 17, 2010


Mike Shinoda was one of the guests of The Roots 6th Annual Jam Session which took place at Los Angeles' Key Club on January 30, 2010. At the event, Mike came out during "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)" and performed a verse of "I Have Not Begun". This is the only known time any form of the song has been performed live. A video of Mike's verse was later uploaded by Mike to his blog, with him saying, "I went onstage with The Roots last night at about 2:30am. Here's the clip. -mike"

In 2018 interviews after he played Jimmy Fallon with The Roots, Mike discussed this performance. He said that he was very prepared for the verse he was doing over "75 Bars," but when it came time for the show, the band was playing the tempo almost twice as fast due to being under the influence so he felt like he could barely get the words out to it in time. Mike said it was cool, but he'd like to do it again since he felt that his performance was a little underwhelming.



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