Collision Course is a CD/DVD set released on November 30, 2004 by Jay-Z & Linkin Park.

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About the EPEdit

The CD contains six tracks, mashups between songs by both artists.

The DVD contains special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album, as well as the entire set performed at The Roxy Theatre  on July 18, 2004, however Linkin Park played their own small set of songs before Jay-Z came on stage, which was not included on the DVD (save for a snippet of one performance). Also included are the five scenes from the concert shown on MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups and a picture gallery.

The album's first single, "Numb/Encore", achieved great airplay on the charts, and stayed on 6 months after its release. "Points of Authority / 99 Problems / One Step Closer" was also released to the radio in the US, but was never featured on the Billboard Charts - the videos for both that track and "Jigga What / Faint" were also seen on Kerrang TV in the UK. "Izzo / In The End" was also heavily promoted on the official Linkin Park websites.


Shinoda revealed in his 2004 Grammys acceptance speech that he would be mashing up with Jay-Z for a record under MTV's Mash Ups show.

The network allowed Jay-Z to choose a group or artist for the mash-up. Jay contacted Shinoda, who began experimenting with mixing the tracks before sending some examples to him. As a result, Jay-Z began working with Shinoda through email.

The two decided that instead of combining the existing tracks for the live performance on MTV, they wanted to re-work and re-record parts of the songs to make them fit better. Shinoda explains, "Jay and I realized it's better to re-perform the rap vocals if you're gonna do it to a new beat because the vibe changes and you have to deliver your verse a little differently."[1] Shinoda asked his bandmates to re-record instrumental and vocal tracks as well, and ultimately both parties decided they wanted to release the studio tracks.[2]

A year after the release of Collision Course, Jay-Z was the executive producer on Mike Shinoda's solo effort Fort Minor's The Rising Tied. Also, the song High Road from the same record talks about how some critics called Collision Course a fluke.

This Album was also made in a "Edited/Clean Version" or a "Censored Version" however the edited version was only partly censored and did not censor the words "ass" or "bitch".

Track listingEdit

This EP included the collaboration/remix of 7 Linkin Park songs ("Lying From You", "Papercut", "Faint", "Numb," "In the End", "Points of Authority", and "One Step Closer") and 6 Jay-Z songs ("Dirt Off Your Shoulder", "Big Pimpin'", "Jigga What, Jigga Who", "Encore", "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" and "99 Problems") .

  1. "Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You" – 4:04
  2. "Big Pimpin'/Papercut " – 2:36
  3. "Jigga What/Faint " – 3:31
  4. "Numb/Encore" – 3:25
  5. "Izzo/In The End " – 2:44
  6. "Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer" – 4:55

DVD contentsEdit

MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups:

  1. "It's Goin' Down - Intro" - 1:21
  2. "Dirt off Your Shoulder/Lying from You" – 4:04
  3. "Big Pimpin'/Papercut" – 2:36
  4. "Jigga What/Faint" – 3:31
  5. "Numb/Encore" – 3:25
  6. "Izzo/In the End" – 2:44
  7. "Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer" – 4:55

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