Song Review: Fort Minor "Welcome"
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:01:41
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda returns with a dope declaration from his hip-hop project...
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has quite a few choice words on Fort Minor's new single "Welcome." What's so striking about the latest track from his recently returned hip-hop project is he literally holds nothing back. Shinoda kicks open the door with a salvo of fiery, furious, and focused spitting that's seriously his best to date. He urges, "So tell me where the muthaf***ing haters at, I don't need their blessing now, I don't need their invitation," explaining, "'Cause I was never welcome." It's an incisive and infectious line that sets the stage for Fort Minor's next evolution, the first since 2005's The Rising Tied.
Shinoda sounds like Rocky, punching through the verses with a spirited charisma and deft wordplay. It's an impressive display, especially when juxtaposed against the stirring orchestral production—also his vision. He's always been an outsider hero within music. Linkin Park did things on their own terms since day one, and they've continually both challenged and shattered any and all expectations, bringing together diehard hard rock heads and fans from other genres together under one banner. At the same time, Shinoda has never been one to rest on his laurels. He's become an established film composer, bringing that same acumen and wisdom to the big screen with The Raid. Now, he's solidifying himself as one of hip-hop's brightest voices.
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This feels like the start of something very special for Shinoda and Fort Minor. It's a bombastic and brilliant beginning, and everyone's "Welcome" to celebrate it with him. This is the kind of anthem you could hear over movie trailers or during sporting events. It's Fort Minor at their finest, and that's quite the blessing for hip-hop.
"Welcome" from Fort Minor is available now.