The Hard Way
|"The Hard Way"|
|Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied - Special Edition|
|Released||November 28, 2005|
|Writer||Kenna Zemedkun, Mike Shinoda|
|Label||Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records|
In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song. 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."
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|The Hard Way||The Rising Tied||3:52||2005||November 28, 2005||
|The Hard Way||Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied||3:54||2005||
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
- Mike Walks Us Through 'The Rising Tied' | LP Association Forums, October 27, 2006
- [https://lplive.net/forums/topic/14241-mike-qa-summary-6302020-dropped-frames/ Mike Q&A Summary 6/30/2020: "Dropped Frames"