"Remember the Name" is a rap song by Fort Minor, the side project of rock band Linkin Park's co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda. It is the second single from his 2005 album The Rising Tied, released on October 5, 2005. It was released alongside the album's first single, "Petrified". The song also features hip hop group Styles of Beyond. A music video for the song was released in 2005, directed by Kimo Proudfoot.
Despite numerous low peaks in different charts, the song was used extensively in the media, particularly sports events, and received a Platinum certification by the RIAA in 2009.
David Campbell conducted the strings for the song. Since Shinoda performed the main 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.
"Remember the Name" was leaked onto the Internet on August 20, 2005, several months prior to the album's release. The song brought positive reviews from the hip hop community. It was also planned to be the first single from The Rising Tied but this changed just before the album came onto the shelves. Eventually, "Petrified" and "Remember the Name" were released together in one vinyl, CD or digital download in October 5, 2005.
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 RecordingsA&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. Also Styles of Beyond member DJ Cheapshot is hugging Ryu at the end of song. Vin Scully is on the computer in the room Mike Shinoda raps in. Artist Sixx John, who had a verse on Fort Minor's "We Major", is also pictured near the end of the music video.