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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.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 20 reviews

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 byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Okay I guess

Fort Minor says way to much bad words for 1 to 14 year olds.There are many other CDs that rap like this but without the bad words.
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... Continue reading
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... 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.

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