Fort Minor is a hip hop-based side-project of Mike Shinoda, who is better known as the rapper, rhythm guitarist,
keyboardist and producer of
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alternative hip hop, rap rock
Mike Shinoda chose the name to reflect the dynamic between opposites -
something big and strong vs. something small and modest
Dead By Sunrise
Ryan Patrick Maginn (Ryu)
Takbir Bashir (Tak)
Did You Know:
Holly Brook is featured on the song Where'd You Go?
John Legend is featured on the song High Road
Lupe Fiasco is featured on the song Be Somebody
Common is featured on the song Back Home
Fort Minor Quotes
I was a producer and rapper before Linkin Park. Once the band took off, it was the center of my focus. A couple of years ago, I started missing doing straight-up hip hop, and that's when Fort Minor began.
I wouldn't have let Jay be executive producer unless he got some real input on the record! I mean, him vouching for it is worth something, but what I really wanted was for him to give me advice on the music. I'm pretty versatile when I make music, I can make a lot of different types of stuff, any genre.
If I weren't making music, I'd be the kid who writes into the magazines and says, "why don't you guys ever cover anything that's different? Hip hop is so much of the same thing over and over again." I love hip hop, so I wanted to make an album from that standpoint, 'cause that's who I am.
Fort Minor Awards
MTV Video Music Award for Ringtone of the Year Where'd You Go?