I think at some point there's a little misunderstood about what Mike's doing here. In the letter, he says Fort Minor is his "Outside Outlet" as a musician, but also as a "Painter". This release, and all the hype (that's clearly overreacted by the fans) was meant to promote his second skill: The Paint. He did this huge mural and now he wants to share with the fans. That's why the pre-order is for that. All of this is for his art. In this case, the song "Welcome" is just an accompaniment to this release. In other side, I lost a lot of respect and admiration for Mike during the promo and release of THP, with all the pointless and unnecessary aggressive interviews. But this time, it's nice to see some of the old Mike. The one who shared his creation with enthusiasm and happiness, instead of being a "bad boy". He's not sharing something that "will face the actual state of hip-hop, and blah blah". Just something he wants to share because he loves it. I hope he keep this attitude for the next LP7.