After a near ten-year hiatus, Fort Minor returned this summer with a new single, “Welcome.” The following day, Mike Shinoda and company performed it on Conan. And then, nothing—the Linkin Park member’s hip-hop side project had seemingly disappeared once again.
“I don’t know how long I’ve been talking to Sandman,” Shinoda told Rolling Stone. “We had talked about doing something together at some point. It was just kind of casual, and then he sent me the “Get a Dog” original track. He emailed and said “Copyright infringement.” I thought it was hilarious. I thought the beat was cool, but I also thought it’d be nice to have my touch on it… to actually remove the Linkin Park sample and do what I would have done today, you know? So yeah, I asked him for the acapella.”
Listen to Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman’s “Get A Dog (Fort Minor Remix)” below.
RS: The amount of quality work Sandman has done in the last four years is almost unparalleled.
Shinoda: He’s absurd. How does somebody write words that have every human emotion, and the actual content of the words he’s saying is so compelling, and so three dimensional, and from song to song there’s so much variety. It’s hard to do that and have a really great rhyme pattern and delivery. Like usually people lean on one or the other, and he just does it all like it’s nothing. They’re such a good pair, because Aes is like … The complexity of his flow is so unparalleled, too. He almost ends up going in a fine art direction with his words. His words are more abstract. You’ve got one guy whose words are rooted in total reality, and another guy whose words take you to another dimension. And that’s such a fun combo to me.
Read the entire interview at Rolling Stone.