Introduction

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"Introduction"
Album-The Rising Tied.jpg
Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied
Working title Rising Tied Introduction
Recorded 2005
Released November 22, 2005
Format Digital, CD, Vinyl
Length 0:43
Live debut June 29, 2015
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)

Background

In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song.[1] On "Introduction", he said, "This album basically started as an idea to get back to my roots and the type of music that I used to make before Linkin Park. Back then I was listening to things like Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Rakim, NWA, Boogie Down Productions. Uhm, and a lot of that was sample based, that used to go back to old, you know, 70’s, 60’s rock and funk and blues records and sample those things. I wanted to make an album that had that feel, but instead of sampling from those old records, I made the samples myself, by playing the instruments by hand. Anyway, here we go! Fort Minor – The Rising Tied. I produced and mixed every track. Overseen by Jay-Z, and I had a lot of great friends on the record. Check it out."

"Introduction" features Jay-Z talking about the album when Mike hosted Brad and Jay-Z at his house to help him pick songs to make The Rising Tied, which is shown in the album's documentary. Jay-Z's talking to Mike says, "The record that you made, that's underground hip-hop, but with big...with big sounds, but with big...with big sounds, that's what takes it over 'cause the sounds are so big. It's an underground...that's an underground hip-hop record."

On Fort Minor's website in September 2005, Mike had several different clips of music playing for fans. At first, it was a clip of "Remember The Name" with the swirling intro and repeating string parts. This instrumental was released as the beginning and background parts on the Sampler Mixtape song "Intro". "Intro" was then used as the live intro to Fort Minor's setlist as "Remember The Name" opened all of the shows.

Later, the clip of "Remember The Name" was upgraded to include the synth, Mike yelling "you ready? let's go!", and the beat of the song on repeat, before the song was officially released. This was a 50 second clip. The second clip updated at that time was an instrumental that later turned out to be "Introduction" on The Rising Tied, coming in at 35 seconds.

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Introduction The Rising Tied 0:43 2005 November 22, 2005
sound3 0:35 2005 September 2005
  • Early clip of "Introduction" from Fort Minor's website background music.

Live

While the studio version of "Introduction" has never been played, a remix of the song debuted at the first full show after Fort Minor's hiatus to open the show, and has been played at every show since then in that position.

Another remixed version of "Introduction" was added to Mike's Post Traumatic Tour set on the second night of the Asian Tour in Bangkok, Thailand, where it opened the encore. This remix version was similar to the 2015 version, but without the extra percussion and extended voice recordings. One of the voice clips in the track appears to be from Ghostface Killah as it starts, "Yo Mike what's the deal? Ghost right here." Ghostface is on the Fort Minor track "Spraypaint & Inkpens" from the We Major mixtape so it is possible the clip is from 2005.

At the end of the tour, beginning with Mike's second Summer Sonic show in Tokyo, "Introduction" and "Petrified" were moved to the start of the set, replacing "Welcome." The songs maintained their positions at the next headlining show in Singapore, with "Welcome" now opening the encore. The track was only ever used to open the show or encore for the remainder of the tour.

Variations

Fort Minor

Last Updated: August 23, 2018

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative 2015 Remix Version June 29, 2015 September 8, 2015

Mike Shinoda

Last Updated: May 3, 2020

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative 2018 Remix Version August 9, 2018 September 8, 2019

Personnel

Lyrics

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