Petrified/Remember the Name

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"Remember the Name"
Single by Fort Minor
from the album The Rising Tied
Released October 4, 2005 (iTunes)
Format Vinyl single, Digital download
Recorded NRG Studios in 2005
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 3:41 ("Petrified")
3:47 ("Remember the Name")
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Writer(s) Mike Shinoda
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda
Fort Minor chronology
"Petrified / Remember the Name"
"Believe Me"

Mike Shinoda solo singles chronology
"Enjoy the Silence 04
"Petrified / Remember the Name"
"Believe Me"
The Rising Tied track listing
Music video
"Petrified" on YouTube
Music video
"Remember the Name" on YouTube

"Petrified/Remember the Name" is a double single by American hip hop artist Fort Minor, the side project of rock band Linkin Park's co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda. It is the first single from his 2005 album The Rising Tied, released on October 3, 2005.


"Petrified" was considered the first official debut single from The Rising Tied, despite "Remember the Name" being leaked first onto the Internet on August 20, 2005, and gaining momentum on radio and promotional material. "Remember the Name" was planned to be the first single from The Rising Tied but this was changed just before the album came onto the shelves. Eventually, "Petrified" and "Remember the Name" were released together on October 5, 2005.

Prior to the release of The Rising Tied, "Petrified" had been featured on the pre-released mixtape "We Major", along with a remix of the song titled "Petrified (Doors Remix)". Another remix, realized by Shinoda and entitled "Petrified (Los Angeles Remix)", is featured on the Tour Edition of the album.

"Remember the Name" features strings conducted by David Campbell. Since Shinoda performed the main string loop on the keyboards, the cellists had a difficult time performing the loop. Eventually, they resorted to breaking up the phrase, in which each cellist plays one or two notes.

Music videos[edit]


The video, directed by Robert Hales, featured Mike Shinoda with Styles of Beyond in a suburban area performing their lyrics to the camera. They also made use of flares and other lighting effects to enhance the visual presentation.

Remember the Name[edit]

The music video, directed by Kimo Proudfoot, shows Mike Shinoda, Tak/Takbir Bashir and Ryu/Ryan Maginn of Styles of Beyond walking around in a bar. Ryu is noticeably wearing an official Jay-Z t-shirt (Jay-Z is an executive producer to The Rising Tied).

Numerous cameo appearances appear in the video. Many Linkin Park bandmates of Shinoda appear: lead vocalist Chester Bennington is seen at the end of Shinoda's first verse playing pinball and shakes his hand; Machine Shop Recordings A&R and guitarist Brad Delson can be seen during Tak's first verse; and drummer Rob Bourdon appears during the last chorus at a bar when Tak goes to get a drink. Holly Brook, who is a featured artist on "Where'd You Go", another song by Fort Minor, also makes an appearance, leaning on the wall during verse. Rob Dyrdek and Christopher "Big Black" Boykin of MTV's Rob & Big can be seen at the end of the video right after Shinoda's last verse.

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl single • iTunes EP[1]
No. Title Length
1. "Petrified" (Radio Edit) 3:43
2. "Petrified" (Album Version) 3:41
3. "Petrified" (Instrumental) 3:42
4. "Remember the Name" (Radio Edit) 3:47
5. "Remember the Name" (Album Version) 3:47
6. "Remember the Name" (Instrumental) 3:48

Appearance in media[edit]

Despite numerous low peaks in different charts, "Remember the Name" was used extensively in the media, particularly sports events, and received a Platinum certification by the RIAA in 2009. It was played at many stadiums and arenas throughout the United States, including several colleges. The National Basketball Association used the song as the theme song for the 2006 and 2007 NBA Playoffs as well as the 2008 NBA Draft. The song is also featured on the soundtrack of the EA Sports video game NBA Live 06. The song was also used in episode 12 of Season 2 of CBS's Numb3rs' "The OG".

The song is also featured in promotional TV trailers for the 2006 movie, Gridiron Gang, NBC's 2006 series, Friday Night Lights, and Pride, directed by Sunu Gonera, as well as the trailer for Fighting and the trailer for the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid.

The song has also been featured in the TV commercial for the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008. On March 19, 2011 UFC premiered the trailer for UFC 129 with "Remember the Name" being featured.[2] In October 2012 BBC One used the opening chorus of "Remember the Name" to advertise a Shinty Cup match. The song was used in the 2013 film, The Smurfs 2.

Chart performance[edit]

Both songs initially failed to chart. However, in 2006, only "Remember the Name" received moderate success due to its use in the media and possibly the success of "Where'd You Go", another Fort Minor single.

Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 66
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 38
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 30


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