The Hard Way

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"The Hard Way"
Album-The Rising Tied Special Edition.jpg
Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied - Special Edition
Recorded 2005
Released November 28, 2005
Format Digital, CD
Length 3:52
Time signature 6/8
Writer Kenna Zemedkun, Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

The Rising Tied - Special Edition 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)
  17. -
  18. -
  19. Be Somebody (Feat. Holly Brook, Lupe Fiasco and Tak)
  20. There They Go (Feat. Sixx John)
  21. The Hard Way (Feat. Kenna)


In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song.[1] On "The Hard Way", he said, "‘The Hard Way’ is, uhm, another 6/8 time song, uhm, that.. it was funny that Kenna is no both of these 6/8 time sig per song, that I did for Fort Minor album. I think he called me on that: “Why do I have to be on all of the 6/8 songs?”. It was one of those songs, that like every time you write a song, you’ve got a rough title for it, like if I’m standing in a room with a pencil and I’m about to start writing a song, and I may call the file on the computer ‘Pencil’ just to, cause it gotta have a name on the computer. Well this song, I just called it ‘The Hard Way’, because it was a 6/8 time song or a 3/4 time song, so 3 to Hard Way, I thought I was just being silly, and when Kenna saw the words ‘The Hard Way’ on the.. the song title, he was like: “That’s a great song name. I should… we should use that.” So, uhm, we made it happen like that and basically song is, it’s you know, it’s kind of like more introspective kind of thing, which I thought would be a nice way to round out this group of bonus tracks. "

On his June 30, 2020 stream on Twitch, Mike answered a question from a fan about "The Hard Way" and said, "During the Fort Minor stuff, I did the beat and the chorus and then I did the verses after for most of those songs. This was with Kenna. The Hard Way is about making things difficult for yourself; you do things intentionally or unintentionally, subconsciously or accidentally that just make yourself crazy which I feel is a very universal thing. I feel like we all do that at some point, right? We try not to do it."[2]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
The Hard Way The Rising Tied 3:52 2005 November 28, 2005
  • Features vocals by Kenna.
The Hard Way Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied 3:54 2005
  • Official instrumental version.


To date, no version of "The Hard Way" has been performed live by Fort Minor or Mike Shinoda.


  • Mike Shinoda - Beats, samples, keyboard/piano, vocals, production
  • Kenna Zemedkun - Vocals


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