Spraypaint & Inkpens

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"Spraypaint & Inkpens"
Mixtape-We Major.jpg
Song by Fort Minor from the album We Major
Recorded 2005
Released October 30, 2005
Length 4:06
Samples Charlie Ahearn's 1983 film, Wild Style
Writer Dennis Coles, Wasalu Jaco, Mike Shinoda
Label Machine Shop Recordings

We Major track listing
  1. Green Lantern Intro
  2. 100 Degrees
  3. Dolla
  4. Bloc Party
  5. S.C.O.M.
  6. Remember The Name (Funkadelic Remix)
  7. Bleach (Jimi Remix)
  8. Spraypaint & Inkpens
  9. Petrified (Doors Remix)
  10. Get It
  11. Be Somebody
  12. Respect 4 Grandma
  13. There They Go (Green Lantern Remix)
  14. All Night
  15. Nobody's Listening (Green Lantern Remix)
  16. Cover And Duck
  17. Remember The Name (Album Version)
  18. Petrified (Album Version)
  19. Outro

"Spraypaint & Inkpens" is the eighth track on Fort Minor's We Major mixtape. It is a fan favorite from the Fort Minor discography.


"Spraypaint & Inkpens" features Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan and Lupe Fiasco.

Mike Shinoda has explained numerous times that Wu-Tang Clan is one of his favorite musical groups and that he grew up mashing up different styles of music, such as Wu-Tang Clan, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, AC/DC, and more.

"Spraypaint & Inkpens" is one of two Fort Minor songs to feature Lupe Fiasco, the other one being "Be Somebody". Mike Shinoda would later produce a song called "The Instrumental" for Lupe's debut album.

The song was accidentally leaked from Lupe Fiasco's official website on October 22, 2005, before the official release of We Major due to fans finding his website directory of music.[1]

On March 28, 2005, Lupe Fiasco posted on his website referring to the collaborations with Mike, "what up homeys and homettes? Lupe Fiasco is here!!! This Lupe checkin in. Yo Godwillin'I'll be in Cali next week in the studio with Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park working on some joints for my forthcoming album "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor". I plan on filming the whole thing so the footage should be on the site soon. peace out FNF UP! ..." and again with, "LUPE & LINKIN.... What up homeys and homettes...In Cali...that's right young westide is on the young westide!...just did some joints with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda...the album is coming together nicely...keep ya posted...ROTN mixtape is almost done too!...I figure like middle March...respect to everybody who post…"[2]

On April 13, 2005, Lupe posted again, saying in response to Linkin Park fans who had joined his forum, "Welcome fellow LP fans!!!...I'm a huge Linkin Park fan...really so when we were in the studio I had to contain myself and not geek out...but the whole time Im thinkin like "damn I'm in the studio with Linkin Park!"and "Mike Shinoda is doin a record for my album"...insane...almost to good to be real...I kept my composure through the recording process but when we finished I most certainly did geek out and had to get pictures and the whole nine yards...dont worry about the music it's crazy...and thats from the fan side first...hip-hop artist second..." When asked about the recording process, he also added, "he (mike) basicallly had a cd with beats he produced...I think like 5...I picked two...flew back to Chicago...wrote and recorded to one of them and it came out sick!...so it was like he supplied the music and I supplied the words...the track has more of an original feel to it than the collision course had to me...LP heads should love it..."[3]

The fan site fortminor.co.uk (Fort Minor Unofficial) interviewed Lupe in May 2005.[4] He said, "Well...I originally met Mike at an MTV Video Music Awards after-party...we were introduced through a mutual friend...I told him I was a huge LP fan and I just so happened to have a bag of my mixtapes with me...which now that I think about it may have seemed a little odd...but I gave him one, we exchanged contact info and we kept in sparse contact after that. I found out from Jay-Z, another mutual friend, sometime after that Mike was putting together a solo project and that he was Co-Executive producing on it as he is doing on my album. Jay was like it would be hot if I was apart of the project and set it up and that was that..."


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Spraypaint & Inkpens We Major 4:06 2005 October 30, 2005
  • Features vocals by Ghostface Killah and Lupe Fiasco.
  • Samples Charlie Ahearn's 1983 hip hop film "Wild Style".
Spraypaint & Inkpens - Dirty We Major EP

S.C.O.M. / Dolla / Get It / Spray Paint + Ink Pens

4:00 2005 2005
  • Lacks the transitions and overdubs.
  • Labeled "Spray Paint + Ink Pens (Explicit)" on the promotional single.
  • Leaked from Lupe Fiasco's official website on October 22, 2005.
Spraypaint & Inkpens - Clean We Major EP 4:00 2005 2005
  • Censored (backmasking).
  • Lacks the transitions and overdubs.
Spray Paint + Ink Pens (Edit) S.C.O.M. / Dolla / Get It / Spray Paint + Ink Pens 4:01 2005 May 26, 2006
  • Censored.
  • Lacks the transitions and overdubs.
  • Different censor technique (muting).
  • All references to guns were censored.
Spray Paint And Inkpens Getting Up: Content Under Pressure 3:49 2005 June 9, 2006
  • Different transition at the beginning.
  • Has the transition to "Petrified (Doors Remix)" at the end even though the track isn't part of the mixtape.
Spray Paint + Ink Pens (Instrumental) S.C.O.M. / Dolla / Get It / Spray Paint + Ink Pens 3:59 2005 May 26, 2006
  • Official instrumental version.




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