Mo' Munny: Mike Shinoda
This Munny (part of the LA Munny show that opens tomorrow along with shows in New York and San Francisco) comes from multi-tasker Mike Shinoda, who not only is Linkin' Park's MC but also a trained graphic artist, has designed a shoe with DC and is responsible for the painting pictured above right. Next up is his hip-hop side project Fort Minor, whose debut album, The Rising Tied, hits shelves November 22nd. Billed as "unadulterated hip hop," tracks on a sampler mix tape balance new school production (think Middle East-tinged loops) with rock influences, like Zeppelin samples and, at times, sound like fellow West Coasters, Cypress Hill. Every track on the album was written by the Southern California native Shinoda and he played most of the instruments. On the heels of the Linkin Park and Jay-Z mash-up, retiree Jay-Z steps in as executive producer on the disc and it includes collaborations with Common, John Legend, Kenna, and Black Thought.