The Rising Tied was a solid effort by Mike to get by on rapping alone--his problem is that he used S.O.B so much it was overkill. He had access to all of the Demigodz, Common, and Black Thought from The Roots--why didn't he use them more? Celph-Titled appears in a SKIT? Give me a break. I just heard some Demigodz stuff over the weekend and it was hot--I fail to understand why Mike wouldn't use all of them. I think Mike needs to use some of the access he has to big names, as demonstrated on We Major--Ghostface, Lupe Fiasco, Juelz Santana, and now Jay-Z is out of retirement. He also needs to let a wide variety of DJs do beats for FM, so they have more variety. Finally, I think Mike had the wrong producer. Don't get me wrong--I like Jay and all, but there wasn't a whole lot of variety and innovation where there could've been. He needs to get hooked up with real hip-hop producers--if he could swing it, Dr. Dre and LP friend Rick Rubin should co-produce and just let Mike write. I find it amazing how much of a quantum leap some of the songs on We Major are over TRT. There isn't a song on TRT that lives up to Spraypaint & Inkpens. I liked the raps over established songs/rap songs and I think they should've done that at least once or twice on TRT. I think I remember somebody associated with FM saying that getting any of the songs like Dolla (which uses a Led Zeppelin song) onto TRT would be a financial nightmare. Well, look what happened--TRT bombed, passing two singles (Petrified and RTN) before hitting Where'd You Go and earning actual playtime. For the record, I've never heard either of the early singles on the radio at all. HOWEVER, I enjoy Fort Minor. I've been using FM to kill the anticipation for MTM. FM songs like Right Now, Feel Like Home, Cigarettes, and The Hard Way are amongst the most played on my iPod. From We Major? Bloc Party, Bleach (Jimi Remix), SP&IP, and Cover and Duck. There should be another Fort Minor album--creatively, TRT was not a bomb and there's more than enough room for improvement (and a full Warner Bros. marketing campaign, right FM fans?). I'd love to hear another FM album, watch it go big, and let Mike have two groups/projects we can look forward to with every release.