Rising Tied is the debut solo release from Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. Mike has pulled in Jay-Z (as executive producer), Black Thought, Common, John Legend and Shinoda’s old mates Styles of Beyond. Before I begin I should say that I was never impressed with Linkin Park (in the same way that I am never impressed when I shut my hand in a drawer) and, apart from Jay-Z I’ve never heard of the other collaborators. Given that, you can imagine my surprise when I found I liked this album.
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The album reminds me, in tone and occasionally in tune, of N*E*R*D as it drops classic style hip hop beats under some very simple synths and samples. There is much ranting against gangsta’s (in life and rap) as well as some bitching about the music industry machine amongst the tracks; despite this there is a lot of positivity here amongst the very fluid raps. ‘Rising Tied’ isn’t going to blow your mind, but it is still a hundred times better than Linkin Park.
Label : Machine Shop Records
Release Date : 21 November 2005
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