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'There's A Bit Of A High Bar': Mike Shinoda Reveals Status Of Fort Minor

14 September 2020 | 10:00 am | Neil Griffiths

"With Fort Minor I brought different people in to do different things and had some amazing features."

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US hip hop project Fort Minor have been largely inactive for some time now and even Mike Shinoda isn't sure what the future holds.

Appearing on the latest episode of The Green Room with Neil Griffiths podcast to promote his latest solo album, Dropped Frames, Shinoda said "there is no answer" on the status of the side project he started in 2004. 

"I'm Fort Minor the way Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails. Like, Nine Inch Nails is a group effort, but if Trent doesn't do it, it's not a thing," Shinoda told host Neil Griffiths.

Fort Minor released their debut and only studio album in 2005, The Rising Tied, which was co-executive produced by Jay Z and featured collaborations with a stack of underground and established acts including Common, John Legend, Styles From Beyond and The Roots' Black Thought.

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Their most commercially successful single came with Where'd You Go (featuring US singer Skylar Grey who at the time went by the stage name Holly Brook), which peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Singles chart and placed on charts around the world. 

"With Fort Minor I brought different people in to do different things and had some amazing features," Shinoda said.

"I still believe that one of Black Thought's best verses of all time is on Right Now on the Fort Minor record and it just happens to be on my record. That would have been one my favourite verses he's ever done whether or not it was for that record.

"For me, there's a bit of a high bar. I don't know why."

Check out the full The Green Room episode with Shinoda on Spotify, Apple Podcasts (below) or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.