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Single by grandson
from the album Death Of An Optimist
Recorded 2019-2020
Released July 31, 2020
Format Digital
Length 3:12
Writer(s) Mike Shinoda, Kevin Hissink, Jordan Benjamin, Taylor Bird
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Taylor Bird, Boonn
Label Atlantic Recording Corporation, Fueled By Ramen

"Riptide" is the second single by grandson from his debut album Death Of An Optimist. The song was released on July 31, 2020.[1] It was produced by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.


grandson, who is featured on "Running From My Shadow", tweeted on March 1, 2019, "Mike and I got back in the studio before tour and he helped produce one of my favorite new unreleased songs".[2] On May 25, he tweeted in response to Mike Shinoda, "wow what a year it has been thank u to the LP and MS family for welcoming the grandkids. Not the last you’ll hear of us".[3] On November 22, Mike Shinoda posted a photo from his studio and marked both Boonn and grandson, indicating they were working together again.[4] During his tour in early 2020, grandson previewed to fans a new song called "Riptide" which wasn't finished yet because he couldn't figure out how to end it. Fans described it as "softer and calmer, almost popish."[5] grandson took part on Mike's May 21 stream and teased fans saying in an ambiguous tone that they were just talking and nothing else.[6] On June 26, he released the official music video for his single "Identity". The numbers at the end of the video translated to "Riptide", hinting the song would be his next single.[7] On July 16, he posted on Twitter a clue about the song which translated to "Shinoda".[8]

Mike described the song, saying, "The new song, it doesn't have some gnarly like, "fuck you I won't do what you tell tell me" bridge. It's got some instrumental thing. Just to prepare your ears, but there is a cool left turn. The song is coming out this week. It's called "Riptide", coming out Friday. We've been tweaking this song for a long time. I think we wrote it last year and then it kind of sat on the sidelines for a little bit. We always liked it, it was never "Oh we wrote this, whatever." It was like, "Oh it's a good one, when the time is right and it sounds ready, put it out." So this week, Friday, new song with grandson. I do not do vocals, I just assisted on the writing and the production. I should say, we wrote it together and then I helped kind of oversee the production and I did a little tweaking on the mix. It was a couple of his other friends who he writes it, they got involved as well. And it's all his vocals, just FYI. But dude, it's great, it's a good song, I really like that song a lot. I'm excited for you guys to hear it. So that's Friday."[9]

grandson explained the song by saying, "Mike Shinoda co-produced and mentored me through this process, which began in a writing session at his studio with my longtime collaborator Boonn in early 2019. We had tried a couple ideas earlier in the day that I couldn’t get into, and then I picked up the guitar and played the intro riff and the song practically wrote itself. It was the first of this new era written, and while it addresses the pain of regret, the places we go to avoid confrontation, I’m proud to tell my story and hope that someone that hears it will find the strength to tell theirs."[10]

grandson was asked via Community app about Mike's role in the creation of the song, to which he answered, "Good question. Well first off it was at his studio, with him encouraging us to dig deeper and make something we really like...I had written the guitar and lyrics but hadn't actually put them together, who knows if that would've happened without him. Beyond that he helped us figure out the structure of the song like how long each section should be, gave his thoughts on production and then some mix notes at the end."[11]

Music Video

A music video for "Riptide" was directed by Karl Jungquist and released on July 31, 2020.[12]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Riptide Riptide 3:12 2019-2020 July 31, 2020


  • Mike Shinoda, Producer, Writer
  • Kevin Hissink, Producer (as Boonn), Writer
  • Grandson, Writer (as Jordan Benjamin), Main Artist
  • Taylor Bird, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Writer
  • © 2020 Atlantic Recording Corporation [Fueled by Ramen]
  • ℗ 2020 Atlantic Recording Corporation [Fueled by Ramen] for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States


External Links


  1. ✖️ 𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚗𝚎𝚠𝚜 ✖️ on Twitter: "the new song “riptide” is expected to be released on july 31st!!" / Twitter, July 24, 2020
  2. GRAN on Twitter: "Mike and I got back in the studio before tour and he helped produce one of my favorite new unreleased songs… " ., March 01, 2019
  3. GRAN on Twitter: "wow what a year it has been thank u to the LP and MS family for welcoming the grandkids. Not the last you’ll hear of us✖️✖️…" ., May 25, 2019
  4. Mike Shinoda on Instagram: “Dusty views /// @iamboonn @grandson”, November 22, 2019
  5. Numbers at the end of the Identity music video translate to "Riptide" : grandson, June 26, 2020
  6. Freestyle beat session today: getting out of the box - YouTube, May 21, 2020
  7. grandson - Identity OFFICIAL VIDEO, June 26, 2020
  8. x on Twitter: "13 hours left in the identity sweepstakes we raised over $7500 so far I promised a clue when we we hit that milestone so... 1989141541 Keep donating for more hints and for your chance to win a custom jumpsuit, xx mask or a meet & greet" / Twitter, July 26, 2020
  9. Twitch: Mike Shinoda - 7.27.20 - What should we make today?, July 27, 2020
  10. Read Dork: grandson has shared his new standalone single, ‘Riptide’ - a song about change, August 2, 2020
  11. Mike Shinoda x grandson Collab "Riptide" out July 31 - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, August 02, 2020
  12. grandson - Riptide OFFICIAL VIDEO - YouTube, July 31, 2020