The Rising Tied

Common Sense Media says

Classic hip-hop with a message -- for older teens.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Well-developed social consciousness.


Violent imagery.


Some sexual innuendo.


Strong language.


Nothing obvious

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several references to drugs and cigarettes, which glamorize while taking an anti-use stance.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is strong and violent language along with some social consciousness and a lot of heart. There is also some sexual innuendo and references to drugs and cigarettes.

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What's the story?

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda steps out in his first solo effort, THE RISING TIED, as Fort Minor. Earnest and a little plodding, Shinoda's rapping style may not be brilliant, but he addresses some important social and family issues. The most successful songs are the most sentimental: \"Where'd You Go\" is a guilt-fest about having been an absentee father; \"Kenji\" is about the artist's family's experiences in World War II internment camps. Far from being outclassed by more polished guest stars such as Common, Black Thought, and Kenna, Shinoda skillfully plays off their highly professional contributions.

Is it any good?


The Rising Tied is a well-produced example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. In fact, Shinoda shares his formula for success in the lyrics of "Remember the Name": "10% luck, 20% skill, 15% power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain, and 100% reason to remember the name." Lyrics are vivid, visceral, and R-rated, evoking scenes of street life that are not likely to be comfortable family listening. But there's enough substance here to trigger discussion, enough intelligent commentary to make it worth the trouble.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lyrics that address absentee parents or tell of Japanese internment during World War II. They can also discuss whether or not they think the strong language here is necessary.

Music details

Artist:Fort Minor
Release date:November 22, 2005
Label:Warner Brothers
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 14 years old Written bye.autumn January 8, 2010
This is a BRILLIANT album. At first, I wasn't much into Fort Minor (even though I like Linkin Park) because it sounded too hip-hoppy to me. Once I started listening to the lyrics, They address social issues of the past ("Kenji") and the present ("Right Now" and "Where'd You Go?"), as well as talking about Shinoda's journey as an artist ("Remember the Name" and "Get Me Gone"). Advanced vocabulary (for rap, especially) is also used--and pointed out ("Get Me Gone"). Catchy but smart--the only issue I can think of is the swearing (however, your child has likely heard swearwords by now anyway--if not from your own mouth than at school).
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old August 15, 2010
Ive only heard remember the name. like so many other songs, its good but innapropriate. remember the name is extremely explicit though saying bad words frequenly, about 7 in one part, but besides that part there is one h word and one stupid, which isnt all that bad though.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old August 27, 2010

Really gets you pumped, great album.

Remember the name rules and it pretty much sums up the whole album-lots of langauge, but good and not as explicit as it could be.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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