The actual strings on this were conducted by David Campbell but because Shinoda created the original with a loop the cellists struggled too much with it and they broke the phrases up and had each...
You ready?! Let's go!
Yeah, for those of you that wanna know what we're all about
It's like this y'all (c'mon)

This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

He doesn't need his name up in lights
He just wants to be heard whether it's the beat or the mic
He feels so unlike everybody else, alone
In spite of the fact that some people still think that they know him
But fuck 'em, he knows the code, it's not about the salary
It's about reality and making some noise
Making a story, making sure his clique stays up
That means when he puts it down, Tak's pickin' it up

Who the hell is he anyway, he never really talks much
Never concerned with status but still leavin' them star struck
Humbled through opportunities given despite the fact
That many misjudge him because he makes a livin' from writing raps
Put it together himself, now the picture connects
Never asking for someone's help, or to get some respect
He's only focused on what he wrote; his will is beyond reach
And now it all unfolds, the skill of an artist

This is twenty percent skill, eighty percent beer
Be a hundred percent clear 'cause Ryu is ill
Who would've thought that he'd be the one to set the west in flames
Then heard him wreckin' with The Crystal Method, Name Of The Game
Came back, dropped Megadef, took 'em to church
I like bleach, man, Ryu had the stupidest verse
This dude is the truth, now everybody be givin' him guest spots
His stock's through the roof; I heard he fuckin' with S-Dot

They call him Ryu he's sick, and he's spittin' fire and Mike
Got him out the dryer he's hot, found him in Fort Minor with Tak
What a fuckin' nihilist porcupine; he's a prick; he's a cock
The type women want to be with and rappers hope he get shot
Eight years in the makin' patiently waitin' to blow
Now the record with Shinoda's takin' over the globe
He's got a partner in crime; his shit is equally dope
You won't believe the kind of shit that comes out of this kid's throat

He's not your every day on the block
He knows how to work with what he's got
Makin' his way to the top
He often gets a comment on his name
People keep asking him was it given at birth
Or does it stand for an acronym?
No, he's livin' proof that he rockin' the booth
He'll get you buzzin' quicker than a shot of vodka with juice
Him and his crew are known around as one of the best
Dedicated to what they do and give a hundred percent

Forget Mike, nobody really knows how or why he works so hard
It seems like he's never got time
Because he writes every note and he writes every line
And I've seen him at work when that light goes on in his mind
It's like a design is written in his head every time
Before he even touches a key or speaks in a rhyme
And those motherfuckers he runs with, the kids that he signed
Ridiculous, without even trying, how do they do it?

Lyrics submitted by Feenix, edited by SamLan

"Remember the Name" as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Mike Shinoda

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  • +4
    General CommentBy far one of the best rap songs I've ever heard.
    It throws away the stereotypical 'gangsta' rap feel.
    It's really refreshing to see something new like this.
    Keep it up Fort Minor
    _THE ONE_on December 04, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's about how Mike works hard to be as talented he is, instead of paying people to write for him.
    enjoythesilenceon December 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThird person self-complimenting is less arrogant and annoying than first person...
    lucyb85on January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is about 1. the coming together of fort minor and their projects and a percentage of what they went through to make the group...

    It's just ten percent luck
    Twenty percent skill
    Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
    Five percent pleasure
    Fifty percent pain
    And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

    2. i think it's also saying that other rap/hip-hop artists havn't really got the right stuff but are still famous, but mike shinoda is a legend, he knows what he is doing, and writes lyrics with meaning.

    Whether it's Linkin Park or Fort Minor, Mike Shinoda will always... Kick Ass
    vigilante13on September 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed.
    That's the whole reason Mike made this record. He'd seen tons of hip hop and rap records already and he wanted to do it his way. To create something new.

    He's just trash-talking other artists who care more about the money than the music. Just trying to get his own philosophy across.
    Feenixon September 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's just a generic "this is me" rapper song, like Eminem's Without Me or Jay-Z's PCA or Snoop's 'Snoop Dogg' or Dre's "Still D.R.E" - the list goes on. It's to try and get you to remember their names and give themselves an identity with their first song (or in Eminem's case, the first song off of every album, pretty much).
    lucyb85on November 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmeaning is very well hidden in the first line...

    no its not 'You ready? Lets go!"


    "Yeah, for those of you that want to know what we're all about ....It's like this"

    ....10 + 20 + 15 + 5 + 50 = 100... yup its all there...

    Blank Canvason December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first song I heard from Fort Minor at all. I heard it from WWWWAAAAAYYYYYY before the CD came out. Okay, it was only a month before the CD, but anyways. The Fort Minor CD, The Rising Tied, has so much meaning to it! Linkin Park and Fort Minor are the greatest bands because they have meaning (and it does'nt have anything to do with sex! so unlike other rap atrists of this time.) I like picking at the songs and listening over and over and over again to find the meanings to it. Well, anyways, this is the song that made me want to buy The Rising Tied. Peace peoples. No fighting ^_^
    madd_elibberon December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^ I agree, I heard this song and it made me buy the album. It does exactly what the song is designed to do, it gives you a feel for what he and the group are doing. I like how he breaks down the numbers, that's what having passion for music is, all those elements.
    Angelbabe531on December 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has so much in it. The chorus is especially uplifting to me. Alot of kids today think that the way to be a great rapper is to just rap and they'll make it. They don't realize that there is WORK, PAIN, SWEAT, TEARS to get famous. He's saying that he has worked so hard, alienated people, stayed to himself, and worked hard. Writing, rapping and fine-tuning his ryhmes.
    thebutcheresson February 01, 2006   Link

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