The Rising Tied

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Classic hip-hop with a message -- for older teens.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 20 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byThe The September 12, 2010


OK, how can this be iffy for 17 year olds (I'm talking to you, common sense media)? When you're 17 you're an ADULT. Remember the Name is a great... Continue reading
Adult Written byKS25 April 9, 2008

Awesome CD!

I love these guys, and I love linkin park. It has some profanity but they are amazing tracks none the less.
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 dr... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 2, 2011

Good Message for teens

Good message if u like linkin park you will love this. Fort minor ROCKS! Theres a bot of language but has an over all good message. It is just stupid to rate it... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: August 4, 2015

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