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 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
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Great music, not for children.

As much of a lowbrow person as I am, this is so obscene it hurts. So much sexuality not even thinly veiled, the f-bomb shall be droped.... HARD! And not only in the average "f**k you" kinda way, In the sexual way.But, it seems, the song "Remember the name" is quite popular (or...was...) So, if you can find a radio edit, listen away! If not, you should be 15.
Teen, 16 years old Written byfatcatmikez April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

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.


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