Mike Shinoda, the frontman of Fort Minor.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop, underground hip hop, conscious hip hop, rap rock|
|Years active||2004–2006 (Hiatus)|
|Labels||Machine Shop Recordings
|Associated acts||Linkin Park, Styles of Beyond, Get Busy Committee, DJ Green Lantern, Demigodz, Celph Titled, Apathy, Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Kenna, Skylar Grey, Joe Hahn|
Fort Minor is a hip hop-based side-project of Mike Shinoda, who is better known as the rapper, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist and producer of the American rock band Linkin Park. Shinoda's debut solo album as Fort Minor, The Rising Tied, was released November 22, 2005. The album's fourth single, "Where'd You Go", propelled Fort Minor to stardom, reaching #4 at the Billboard Hot 100.
Fort Minor is a side project of Mike Shinoda. Shinoda uses the name Fort Minor for his collaborations with Ryan Patrick Maginn (Ryu) and Takbir Bashir (Tak), who themselves form the underground hip hop group Styles of Beyond.
Shinoda began recording songs for this side project following the release of Collision Course in November of 2004. Fort Minor: We Major was a mixtape by Shinoda and DJ Green Lantern to promote his upcoming studio album. The Rising Tied, the debut album of Fort Minor, was released in November 2005. Robert Hales directed its first video "Petrified", which was released the previous month. Jay-Z, who had previously collaborated with Linkin Park on the 2004 album Collision Course, was the executive producer for The Rising Tied. Shinoda told Corey Moss of MTV News that he imposed on himself a requirement to play all the instruments and write all the lyrics to the album except for the strings, percussion, or choir parts. "Where'd You Go", its first single, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; following was "Remember the Name" at No. 66. Another track, "Kenji" describes the experiences of a Japanese-American family during the Japanese American internment of World War II.
Due to the success of "Where'd You Go", on the week of April 26, 2006, sales of The Rising Tied increased by 45 percent, and the album chart position went up 89 positions to No. 104 on the Billboard 200." Where'd You Go" was awarded Ringtone of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. In mid August 2006 Fort Minor performed at the Summer Sonic 2006 alongside Linkin Park.
The third track on the album, "Right Now", is featured in the trailer of The Family That Preys by Tyler Perry.
The song "Remember the Name" was used in promotional TV trailers for the 2006 movie Gridiron Gang, as well as the trailer for the remake of the movie The Karate Kid (2010) and an episode in the second season of TV show Numb3rs.
In November 2006, Fort Minor released a video for "Remember the Name." Shinoda has stated he felt the video was a nice wrap-up for Fort Minor. Also in November, Shinoda stated that Fort Minor is currently on hiatus, because of his dedication to Linkin Park.
In 2006, Holly Brook released an exclusive version of "Where'd You Go" to radio stations, made completely by herself. Mike does not appear on this version, which can be heard by request on various American radio stations.
In the Billboard One-hit Wonders of the 2000s, Fort Minor (along with Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga) were listed at #19, due to the success of "Where'd You Go" (since it was Fort Minor's only single that reached the top 25).
|Year||Title||Peak chart Positions|
|2005||Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied
|2005||The Rising Tied
- 2005: Fort Minor: Sampler Mixtape
- 2005: Fort Minor: We Major
- 2006: Sessions@AOL
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Petrified"||2005||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Rising Tied|
|"Remember the Name"
(featuring Styles of Beyond)
|"Where'd You Go"
(featuring Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga)
|"Get It / Spray Paint & Ink Pets (Promo CD)"
(performed by Ghostface Killah featuring Mike Shinoda and Lupe Fiascoo)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Fort Minor Militia Exclusive Tracks 
The Fort Minor Militia is Fort Minor's Official Fanclub. Subscribers were given exclusive tracks for digital download that were never officially released (with the exception of Kenji (Interview version) and Believe Me (Club Remix) which were later released to Linkin Park's and Styles of Beyond's Official Websites, respectively). These tracks are sometimes referred to as Fort Minor Militia EP.
|November 2005||"Do What We Did" (Demo)|
|December 2005||"Kenji" (Interview version)|
|January 2006||"Tools Of The Trade" (Demo)|
|February 2006||"Where'd You Joe?" ("Where'd You Go" Remix by Mr. Hahn)|
|April 2006||"Believe Me" (Club Remix)|
|May 2006||"Start It All Up" (Demo)|
|June 2006||"Move On" (Demo) (featuring Mr. Hahn)|
Music videos 
|January 12, 2005||"Petrified"||Robert Hales|
|February 26, 2005||"Remember the Name"||Kimo Proudfoot|
|December 12, 2005||"Believe Me"||Laurent Briet|
|May 29, 2006||"Where'd You Go"||Philip Andelman|
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