The Rising Tied



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

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, 16 years old Written byfatcatmikez April 9, 2008

If You Like Linkin Park...

Than you will like this. This has the man who raps in Linkin Park. This is one of those CDs that turns you on to the genre even if you might not like it. I'm white and I don't like rap, but I like this CD. The main thing bad about this CD is the language. There is a good amount of strong profanity. It's not nearly as bad as regular rap because there is no sex. Also, there are drug refrences, but it dosen't glorify them. If you can get past the profanity, nothing else is much of an issue.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySmartOne August 10, 2012


This album is one of the most well-written hip hop albums EVER. Mike Shinoda did a great job of portraying his thoughts into this record. It has violence and drug use, but it is not encouraging it, rather discouraging. I think it is fine for ages 13-15 for the clean version, and over 15 for explicit, because of excessive swearing.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byjessica.horsecrazy January 7, 2011

M. Shinoda and the gang make a rockin' rap record

Ok, I think the rating of iffy for 16 was a bit harsh on 'The Rising Tied'. Yes, there is swearing in some of the songs, but you can just download the clean version off Ovi Music and that's sorted out. There is some talk of violence, but it is shown in a negative light as is anything to do with consumerism, drinking and drugs. You must also remember that Mike Shinoda is a very good role model and a talented musican and that a lot of his view points and morale standards are reflected in his music. However, this is NOT an album for younger kids, though I highly recommend it for Linkin Park, Eminem and Jay-Z fans aged 15+.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models


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