It's Goin' Down (X-Ecutioners song)

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"It's Goin' Down"
Single by The X-Ecutioners featuring Mike Shinoda and Mr. Hahn
from the album Built from Scratch
Released March 2002
Format CD/ vinyl
Genre Rap metal, rap rock, hip hop
Length 4:08 (Album Version)
3:32 (Radio Version)
Label Loud Records, Columbia
Writer(s) Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Melvin Bradford, Alvin Joiner
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda
The X-Ecutioners singles chronology
"Música Negra (Black Music)/Wordplay"
(1997)
"It's Goin Down"
(2002)
Mike Shinoda solo singles chronology
"It's Goin' Down"
(2002)
"Enjoy the Silence 04"
(2004)

"It's Goin' Down" is a song by American turntablists The X-Ecutioners featuring rapper Mike Shinoda and turntablist Joe Hahn, two members of American rock band Linkin Park and, as it's meant to be, but mistaken, Wayne Static of Static-X, and is often mistaken for a Linkin Park track due to their involvement. It was released as the first and only single from the X-Ecutioners' second studio album Built from Scratch, which was originally released in January 29, 2002. The single was released in March 2002 in CD and vinyl format.

Background[edit]

While the song is foremost credited to the X-Ecutioners, it was written and performed primarily by Shinoda and Hahn of the band Linkin Park. It was also produced by Shinoda. The song includes samples of the Xzibit song "Year 2000" and Linkin Park's demo tracks "Step Up" (originally from the original and reissue of the EP Hybrid Theory) and "Dedicated (Demo 1999)" (originally from the LP Underground 2.0 EP). During the DJ scratching of the song's bridge, one can clearly hear the phrase "X-Men 'bout to blast off worldwide", X-Men being the former name of the X-Ecutioners which was changed to avoid copyright infringement.

"It's Goin' Down" peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number 28 in Australia.[citation needed] In the US, it reached number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] number 13 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart[2] and number 29 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[3]

The song also samples Linkin Park songs on two occasions both being during the intro. First being "Watch them flee/Hip hop heads", which comes from the track "Dedicated (Demo 1999)". The second is a sample of Mr. Hahn saying "You do it like this", which is from "Step Up". Linkin Park performed "It's Goin' Down" often in 2002 - 2004. They also collaborated with American rapper Snoop Dogg in one performance in which he said a few verses from "Gin and Juice."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "It's Goin' Down" also features Linkin Park's Rob Bourdon on drums, Dave Farrell on bass, and Static-X guitarist and frontman Wayne Static on guitar, although they were not involved in the recording of the song. Brad Delson and lead vocalist Chester Bennington made a cameo appearance, as well as other well-known musicians.

"It's Goin' Down" also has various camera effects, such as Shinoda, the song's sole vocalist, leaving one side of the screen and immediately returning from the other. He also repeatedly slaps the side of the camera, causing a slight vibrating impact effect.

Track listing[edit]

CD • iTunes single
No. Title Length
1. "It's Goin' Down" (featuring Mike Shinoda and Mr. Hahn) 4:08
2. "X-Ecution of a Bum Rush" (featuring The Beat Junkies) 2:58
3. "Play That Beat" (Lo-Fidelity All-Stars Remix) 4:22
Vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "It's Goin' Down" (featuring Mike Shinoda & Mr. Hahn) 4:08
2. "It's Goin' Down" (Instrumental) 4:08
3. "The X-Ecutioners (Theme) Song" (featuring Dan the Automator) 4:33
4. "It's Goin' Down" (Scratchappella) 2:13

References[edit]

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