Bands To Watch #62 – Fort Minor

By on Friday, 2nd January 2009 at 6:12 pm

mikeYou would be forgiven if you have not heard of Fort Minor as their frontman (Mike Shinoda) largely overshadows the hip-hop group with his other band, Linkin Park. However the rappers from LA are far frm a minor band with over a million plays of their biggest hit “Second To None” on their MySpace.

Mike Shinoda is critised for not getting his personality across when he raps but when the lyrics are of this high quality and seem to fit the music so tightly, I for one don’t care. The voice of Mike is captivating and the epic music that accompanies him on every Fort Minor track gives a huge impact.

It is easy to just say that Fort Minor are Linkin Park without Chester but I feel it would be better to think that Fort Minor highlights what Linkin Park depends on for success which has to be Mike. His hard working attitude is often credited but the quality he brings with his musical composition and rapping is pretty awesome.

Tracks to look out for include “Kenji” which show cases Mike’s personality in great style while other tunes like “Cigarettes” display a darker sound and the variety that comes with a collection of Fort Minor Traks.  A host of other talented vocalists  like Common and Black Thought add there own dynamics on their respective songs and help to make Fort Minor one of my favourite hip-hop acts of all time.

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