Red To Black

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"Red To Black"
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 3:12
Time signature 6/8
Live debut October 29, 2005
Last played April 22, 2006
Writer Takbir Bashir, Ryan Maginn, 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 "Red To Black", he said, "On the Linkin Park album Meteora we did a song called ‘From The Inside’, which is a 6/8 time song. That means there’s 6 counts per measure, uhm, and that’s more... usually more of a rock thing, or more… it’s less of a hip-hop thing, you don’t really hear hip-hop artist doing a 6/8 time song. But I really liked doing it and I wanted to do it some more on the Fort Minor album. ‘Red to Black’ kinda came up in that way and since it was that 6/8 time, and it had me and Styles of Beyond already on it, I wanted to try and get a couple more artists to just take that weird, you know, hip-hop, but non-hip-hop thing to the next level. And so I gave a couple of friends of mine a call and that was Kenna and Jonah Matranga and I just thought that the three of our voices together was the weirdest thing, but it worked for this song."

While a lot of the songs on the album came pretty easily, Mike says "Red To Black" was hard to do.[2]

In the Making of The Rising Tied DVD when Brad and Jay-Z were helping him pick songs for the album, Mike told Jay-Z that he got two new vocalists for the song and he sang with both of them on the chorus, layering the vocals.


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Red To Black The Rising Tied 3:12 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Features vocals by Kenna, Jonah Matranga and Styles Of Beyond.
Red To Black The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version) 3:12 2005 November 22, 2005
  • Censored.
  • Different vocal take.
  • Different lyrics.
Red To Black Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied 3:16 2005
  • Official instrumental version.


"Red To Black" debuted at Fort Minor's performance at MySpace's 2nd Anniversary Party. It was featured near the end of the main set during its live history, and featured a post-song drum solo after most of its performances. At the last show of the 2006 U.S. Tour in San Francisco, California, Jonah Matranga, who is featured on the studio version of the song, came out and performed the song with Fort Minor. The song was performed throughout 2006 (though unconfirmed for the Summer Sonic appearances). It did not return when Mike brought Fort Minor back in 2015.

On August 29, 2015, Mike conducted a fan poll online about what song he should add to the setlist of Fort Minor's September 2, 2015 show in Berlin. The choices were "High Voltage", "Step Up", "Second To None", "Red To Black", and "Right Now". "High Voltage" won by a significant majority.


Last Updated: September 14, 2016

Type Description First Played Last Played
Outro Post-Song Drum Solo October 29, 2005 April 22, 2006

Live Guests

Last Updated: September 14, 2016

  • Jonah Matranga



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