Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda shares emotional, raw new solo song ‘About You’

The Linkin Park star will release his debut solo album 'Post Traumatic' this summer

Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda has shared a new solo song called ‘About You’.

The rapper and multi-instrumentalist previously announced his debut solo album ‘Post Traumatic’ will be released on June 15. It follows his debut solo EP of the same name, which was released in January.

Speaking to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Shinoda said he was “really proud of the song” and explained the influence his former bandmate Chester Bennington had on the track. “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 said.

“I realised people would still hear them as if they were about him,” he continued. “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.'” The track, which features Blackbear, includes the lyrics “Even when it’s not about you, all of a sudden it’s about you.” Watch the video for it above.

Elsewhere in the interview, Shinoda also discussed his quick return to songwriting following Bennington’s death. “I didn’t feel compelled to write this stuff,” he explained. “I did feel like I needed to rip off the bandaid immediately, just for fear I’d get anxiety, if that makes sense.”

He said he began writing new songs “a little over a week” after Bennington died, saying: “You need times when you really cope with it and deal with the hard issues, and you need times where you have a break and get away.” He explained that ‘Post Traumatic’ combines both of those needs.

Bennington died on July 20, 2017, aged 41 years old. His body was found at his home in Palos Verdes, California. His death was later ruled to be a suicide.