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The Rising Tied

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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda takes the rock out of the rap-rock equation on his solo disc The Rising Tied, exec-produced by Jay-Z. The result is more compelling and less knuckle-headed than what Shinoda puts out with his lumbering full-time band. Flowing like Eminem on Ambien, he blows up about the state of the world over brittle hip-hop beats, and raps about his Japanese-American father’s internment during WWII (”Kenji”) without sounding absurd.

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