The Business of HYPE With jeffstaple, Episode 11: Mike Shinoda

The Linkin Park frontman opens up about Chester’s passing, while discussing the band’s origins.

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The Business of HYPE With jeffstaple, Episode 11: Mike Shinoda
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The Business of HYPE is a weekly series brought to you by HYPEBEAST Radio and hosted by jeffstaple. It’s a show about creatives, brand-builders and entrepreneurs and the realities behind the dreams they’ve built. On this week’s episode, Jeff sits down with none other than Mike Shinoda, better known as the frontman of rap-rock legends Linkin Park and Fort Minor.

Mike Shinoda’s career is one of many highlights. Linkin Park’s massive success at the turn of the century earned Shinoda a place on the pop pantheon: the group’s debut, Hybrid Theory, is one of the last albums to go Diamond; their genre-bending Collision Course project with JAY-Z earned the group Grammys, critical acclaim, and street cred with rap listeners.

Last year, the music world was rocked by the sudden death of Chester Bennington. No one has reckoned with this loss more personally and intimately than Shinoda, who unpacks the trauma on his latest solo album, Post Traumatic. In this interview, Shinoda explains how Chester’s work ethic informed his newest project and deep-dives into some of the group’s touchstone moments. Shinoda warmly recalls the days leading up to Collision Course, when he whipped up a couple of demo tracks on the band’s tour bus before sending them over to JAY’s management. That project’s reliance on the mash-up seemed second nature to a musician like Mike, who honed his craft making mash-ups of Rage Against the Machine or Nine Inch Nails and putting a rapper’s verse over it. Hov’s response? A single text: “OH SHIT!”

Shinoda also opens up about his roots as a graphic design student at the Art Center. Shinoda explains that while LP (then known as Hybrid Theory) was still getting off the ground, Shinoda was handling art direction and design for acts like Styles of Beyond, who would later play a key role in Shinoda’s hip-hop side project, Fort Minor.

You can find out more about Shinoda’s work in the episode above. Be sure to like and subscribe to HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Overcast and wherever else podcasts are found. Make sure to leave a review, too.

This episode contains references to the following:
1:00Mike Shinoda
1:22 Aretha Frankilin
1:29 Nirvana
1:31Tupac Shakur
1:35Prince
1:38Britney Spears
1:42Linkin Park
1:50Beyoncé
2:24Chester Bennington
2:31Post Traumatic Album
2:53Parsons
2:54Art Center
5:10RISD
5:30Cal Arts
7:19System of a Down 
7:20Deftones
7:21Cypress Hill
10:30Nine Inch Nails
10:44Jimi Hendrix
10:45 Led Zeppelin
10:48Rick Rubin
10:50Public Enemy
10:51Beastie Boys 
10:52Run DMC
10:53Rawkus
11:20The Pharcyde
12:04Nas
12:05 Mobb Deep
12:07Notorious B.I.G.
12:58Mark Ryden
13:04 Juxtapoz Magazine
13:05La Luz De Jesus Gallery
13:12Giant Robot
14:10Bobby “Hundreds” Kim
19:40Children’s Day (Japan)
19:43Obon Festival
24:42: Papa Roach
28:42: Pimp My Ride
35:53: JAY-Z x Linkin Park “Collision Course” EP
37:40: Sir Paul McCartney
40:00: Fort Minor
57:50: A Thousand Suns

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The Business of HYPE With jeffstaple, Episode 11: Mike Shinoda

The Linkin Park frontman opens up about Chester’s passing, while discussing the band’s origins.