Linkin Park is definitely one of the most influential acts of music. From “Numb” to “Talking To Myself”, every track written by the band has a different story. However, Chester Bennington, to me, was a lot more than the lead singer for Linkin Park. Chester’s voice solely captured emotions smoothly and made the world a better place. In fact, the tragic news of his demise made everyone travel back to their old Linkin Park playlist to feel he is still alive.
Reportedly, the streams for Linkin Park have spiked to 730% since the tragic news broke out. In this article, we’ll look at Linkin Park & Jay Z’s six track long EP – Collision Course.
Collision Course has the track “Numb/Encore” which won a Grammy for ‘Best Rap/Sung Collaboration’. The EP came into being when Jay Z decided to work on an idea. An idea similar to The Grey Album by Danger Mouse. Danger Mouse took Jay-Z’s vocals and placed them perfectly on instrumentals used by The Beatles. 2004 and 2005 was the year for mash-ups and this album perfectly describes that era.
Take a trip down the memory lane below:
Collision Course was recorded and finalised in three days and upon its release, it quickly went on to reach #1 in the ‘Billboard 200’ charts. In fact, the project has sold over 2 million copies as of 2014 and is certified platinum in the United States and double platinum in Canada and Ireland. The reasons that make the Collision Course a classic are efforts involved by both of the acts. This super collaboration was filmed and was later released as a documentary with the EP. As a matter of fact, The Collision Course Documentary gives a deep insight on how the project was made.
Peep the documentary below to see Jay-Z playing the guitar, Chester clowning in the studio and a live performance of Collision Course.
Furthermore, Linkin Park has recently made a tribute site for Chester Bennington. The site features fan messages and contact information to the suicide hotlines in the United States along with a link to find help outside United States.