In Stereo

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"In Stereo"
Album-The Rising Tied.jpg
Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied
Recorded 2005
Released November 22, 2005
Format Digital, CD, Vinyl
Length 3:29
Live debut October 29, 2005
Last played September 8, 2015
Writer Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

The Rising Tied track listing
  1. Introduction
  2. Remember The Name (Feat. Styles Of Beyond)
  3. Right Now (Feat. Black Thought and Styles Of Beyond)
  4. Petrified
  5. Feel Like Home (Feat. Styles Of Beyond)
  6. Where'd You Go (Feat. Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga)
  7. In Stereo
  8. Back Home (Feat. Common and Styles Of Beyond)
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Believe Me (Feat. Styles Of Beyond and Eric Bobo)
  11. Get Me Gone
  12. High Road (Feat. John Legend)
  13. Kenji
  14. Red To Black (Feat. Jonah Matranga, Kenna and Styles Of Beyond)
  15. The Battle (Feat. Celph Titled)
  16. Slip Out The Back (Feat. Mr. Hahn)


In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song.[1] On "In Stereo", he said, "I love the way the ‘Where’d You Go’ transitions to ‘In Stereo’. You hear the dialog from one of those meetings with me and Brad Delson and Jay-Z, where we were kinda reviewing the songs for the album and Jay’s comment about the... about ‘In Stereo’ was just the first and foremost, he loved the beat. I wrote... I wrote the song basically to talk about when... when I write a new song, no matter what it is –if it’s you know, if it’s something for Linkin Park, if it was a Fort Minor thing – uhm, the very first place that I play it outside of the studio is in my car. If it works in the studio – that’s one thing, because the studio has really expensive speakers, really expensive equipment. But in your car – it’s an entirely different sound, so you throw it in there and if it works in there too, then it probably sounds alright."

On the Making of The Rising Tied DVD, Jay-Z, when he was helping Mike and Brad pick songs for the album, said that "In Stereo" was the best vocal performance on the album and one of the hardest beats. Mike said that's why he made "In Stereo" and "Petrified", because he wanted something a little heavier. Mike said "In Stereo" was his "low rider joint" and the first verse is one of his favorite verses on the record.

The outro of the song where Mike says, "let's test out the speakers, you ready? let's go, like this" leads way to him manipulating the beat of the song in a similar fashion to what he did on Linkin Park's "Session."

Mike played Brad and Jay-Z a demo version of "In Stereo", which has the intro lyrics that Mike always performed live, but removed from the final version of the song - "It's like that y'all, yeah / it's like that y'all, yeah / it's like that y'all, yeah / it's like this..." These lyrics are still performed at the start of "In Stereo" at Mike's solo performances.

In June 2020 when asked if the beat inspired the lyrics on the song, Mike said, "Yes, that one was definitely a beat first. Because the song is about the beat in a sense. In Stereo is a Fort Minor track. It's about having a new track that you love and listening to it in your car and getting the love of making the beats... stuff like that."[2]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
In Stereo The Rising Tied 3:29 2005 November 22, 2005
In Stereo The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version) 3:29 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Different vocal take.
  • Different lyrics.
In Stereo Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied 3:21 2005
  • Official instrumental version.


"In Stereo" got its live debut at the Myspace 2nd Anniversary Party, being played after "Enth E Nd". The track remained in that position until 2015, when Mike brought Fort Minor back from its indefinite hiatus. The song was then played third in the set, after "Petrified".

Mike would sometimes rap the first verse of "In Stereo" during the extended intro or outro of "Points Of Authority" during Linkin Park's Minutes To Midnight Tour.

As Mike rehearsed for the Post Traumatic Tour, "In Stereo" was included on a poll in which Mike asked what songs fans would want added to the set. "In Stereo" was the last of the four to be played on tour, not getting its debut until near the end of the European Tour in Wien with a newly remixed ending. The song would get added into the regular rotation for the remainder of the cycle.


Last Updated: May 3, 2020

Type Description First Played Last Played
Outro Remixed Ending September 7, 2018 September 8, 2019



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