Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda recently announced Post Traumatic, his debut solo album. After sharing the tracks "Crossing a Line" and "Nothing Makes Sense Anymore," he's unveiled "About You," an emotional collaboration with emo-rapper Blackbear that's also taken from the new LP. As with the preceding singles, "About You" — which premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show today, April 26th — comes with a Shinoda-directed music video. This particular clip was shot in Shanghai, China, and features scenes of the Linkin Park MC taking in the sights and rapping against the skyline.
"About You" finds Shinoda wrangling with the internal and external turmoil following Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington' suicide. "I buckled up/Told myself to suck it up/I was scared to death to get up there and spill my fucking guts/I was saying pull your stupid self together, buttercup," he raps, before declaring in the chorus: "Even when it's not about you/Suddenly it's all about you."
Shinoda expanded on Bennington's influence on the track in his interview with Lowe. "A lot of the early stuff on this album was about what had happened and Chester and all that, and then, I started trying to write some songs that weren't about Chester, and weren't about that whole thing," he explained. "I realized people would still hear them as if they were about him. It was like, 'Man ... even when I try to make a song that's not about him, it still feels like it's about him." Hear Shinoda's complete interview with Lowe below.
Post Traumatic is out June 15th. You can pre-order it here.