Tools Of The Trade

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"Tools Of The Trade"
Song by Fort Minor from the album Fort Minor Militia
Recorded 2005
Released March 1, 2006
Length 3:22
Writer Vic Mercer, Ryan Maginn, Takbir Bashir
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Machine Shop Recordings

Fort Minor Militia track listing
  1. Do What We Did (feat. Styles Of Beyond)
  2. Kenji (Interview Version)
  3. Tools Of The Trade (feat. Styles of Beyond and Celph Titled)
  4. Where'd You Joe? (feat. Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga) (Joe Hahn Remix)
  5. Strange Things
  6. Believe Me (feat. Styles of Beyond) (Club Remix)
  7. Start It All Up
  8. Move On (feat. Mr. Hahn)


"Tools Of The Trade" was a Fort Minor song featuring Styles Of Beyond and Celph Titled released by Mike Shinoda for free download exclusively for Fort Minor Militia members in January 2006. Mike produced and mixed the song. He wrote: "a lot of people keep asking me about this song. here is the story: celph titled came to LA for his first time, to visit and do some vocals. on his last day, he came to the studio a little buzzed, drinking cisco. then ryu and tak proceeded to peer-pressure him into drinking WAY too much, and by the end of the day, he was vomiting and passing out in the studio bathroom. we were all drinking, and you can tell, based on how ridiculous the verses are. celph had written some verses, but didn't finish recording because he was too wasted-- so we had cheapshot try to read his lyrics. this was supposed to be an interlude on "the rising tied," but it turned out way too silly. PS - i made the majority of the beat out of random crap from my kitchen and bathroom."

Mike said, "SOB and i had a lot of fun whenever we were in the studio, too. if you havent heard about the celph titled story, you gotta hear it."[1]

Instead of using "Tools Of The Trade" as an interlude on The Rising Tied as intended, Mike had Celph Titled record a timed rap battle verse for "The Battle".

In a March 28, 2005 interview with Hip Hop Game, Apathy said about Celph Titled, "He actually just left my crib. We've been working on a ton of shit. He's doing an EP soon. He was also just recording for an album, with J-Zone and himself. He recorded for my album, Motive's album, been workin with Styles of Beyond, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, and the AOTP album. He's doin tons of shit."

Trades Of The Tools

A parody of "Tools Of The Trade", titled "Trades Of The Tools", was released for free download on DJ Cheapshot's Space Invadas MySpace page on March 23, 2006.

Space Invadas is a joke group founded by Cheapshot and his friend DJ Jester in college. Unlike in most of his Styles Of Beyond material, which is mostly production, Cheapshot provides vocals for some of their tracks, including "Trades Of The Tools".

About the song, Cheapshot wrote: "Mike Shinoda made a song called "Tools of the Trade" for the Fort Minor album (it ended up not making the final cut). He made the beat out of household products and people thought it was pretty awesome. Vin Skully and I were at the studio one day and couldn't come up with anything, so we decided to waste time by parodying the Shinoda track. Here it is in all of it's glory! Enjoy!"[2]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Tools Of The Trade (feat. Celph Titled) 3:24 2005 March 1, 2006
  • Features vocals by Styles Of Beyond and Celph Titled.
  • Released for free download to Fort Minor Militia members in March 2006.



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