We were specifically talking about the artistry of his records that I feel is something that’s starting to emerge in hip-hop.Like, Dre is an artist but his communication style is very overt and kind of literal.Mike Shindoa announced on his Instagram that he will ditch Linkin Park for a new hip-hop gorup called Fort Minor in 2014.NME join Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda in Germany to talk the curse of nu-metal and check out his revived Fort Minor side-project… ” asks Mike Shinoda, as he squiggles a panda for a fan who’s set to have it inked as a tattoo later. As do the 50 other members of the LPU – Linkin Park Underground – here in Berlin for a meet-and-greet with the band’s rapper and multi-instrumentalist.And Kendrick’s is complex and colourful and deep and politically charged.” The next day, Linkin Park play Stadion An der Alten Försterei, as the first ever band to grace the soccer stadium. The dressing room is decorated with Russian Dolls of each member – hand-crafted by a fan when the group played Red Square.Backstage, spirits are high: their tour manager wanders around in lederhosen hollering “Val-deri! It’s a souped-up monster truck of a gig – “just a little bit bigger, huh?
Chester and I were talking the other day about how great his most recent two records are.“I grew up obsessed with rap, and then we started a rock band and all of a sudden, fast forward ten years and I’m doing a record with Jay-Z. But it’s different to be doing a show with 50 Cent onstage as Fort Minor and looking out at a crowd and it’s a hip-hop crowd…like strictly.It’s odd that I ended up here where I probably wanted to be by not going in that direction at all.” He describes ‘Welcome’, which offers a lyrical Wikipedia page of his journey to being accepted as a rapper, as an anthem for outsiders, partly borne out of his experience of growing up mixed race in a predominantly white neighbourhood in LA.The band rose to fame in 2001 with their album Hybrid Theory.It is revealed that Chester Bennington is a die-hard fan of Justin Bieber and that Mike Shinoda, the guy who raps, is dating Nicki Minaj.
“I simultaneously couldn’t fit in with anybody and could fit in with anybody.