Fort Minor, the hip-hop side-project of Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, went on indefinite hiatus after rising to prominence with his 2005 album, “The Rising Tied.” The album climbed to number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on the back of popular singles, “Remember the Name” and “Where’d You Go.”
After ten years, Fort Minor began to tease a return on their social media accounts. In March, Shinoda updated each Fort Minor account with a “black” image that, when the contrast was altered, revealed several different photographs. Earlier this month, Shinoda posted a simple message of “Hello” on his Instragram.
Yesterday, after teasing fans for months and an indefinite hiatus that lasted ten years, Shinoda confirmed the return of Fort Minor by releasing “Welcome,” a single that he says is meant to be heard now and not a part of a larger project (though one is, apparently, coming).
The song begins with simplistic, though, elegant, piano before drums layered with atmospheric vocals interrupt the simplicity. The sound swells before Shinoda declares, “yeah, it’s been a long minute.” Indeed, it has, but it appears it was worth the wait.
The visuals that accompany the track are equally as impressive. The video is equipped with 360-degree functionality, which allows the viewer to fully immerse themselves in Shinoda’s world.