Maybe it’s not fair to Linkin Park to call them has-beens, but it’s a little late for them to be releasing a track titled “We’ve Made It.” And Busta Rhymes? Hell, he might need to make it again.
This track is probably supposed to have the turgid, inspirational drive of “Lose Yourself,” but Chester Bennington would have been better off just singing the hook from “Eye Of The Tiger,” which Busta would have probably preferred back when his music was fun. Rhyming “my life is glorious” with “I’m a symbol of greatness, you can call me Morpheus,” indicates Busta’s stuck at the turn of the century even more than his decision to work with Linkin Park. Mike Shinoda would also like you to know that once upon a time, people didn’t give Linkin Park respect. But that’s all changed now! Awww yeah!
I assume the “Jimmy” Busta references in the last verse is Interscope honcho Jimmy Iovine. 50 Cent also name dropped the former Stevie Nicks producer in a single recently, and I’m wondering if these recent on-track shout-outs are meant to stave off the release delays that Iovine has become notorious for in recent years. It was always common for Arista artists to open their liner notes with a thank you to God and Clive Davis, but I’m pretty sure he never inspired a rapper to announce they were staying alive, making money like Clive.