Collision Course (album)

Collision Course is a CD/DVD set released on November 30, 2004 by Jay-Z & Linkin Park. It went to #1 on the Billboard 200, becoming only the second EP to ever do so, following Alice In Chains' Jar of Flies in 1994.

About the EP

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

The DVD contains special behind-the-scenes new footage of the making of the album, as well as the entire live concert performed at The Roxy Theatre on July 18, 2004. 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.


Mike 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." 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.

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 an "Edited Version" or a "Censored Version"; however, the edited version was only partly censored and did not censor the words "ass" or "bitch". However in the song "Numb/Encore" it censored the "God" part of "God damn your man Hov' cracked the can open again." This is common among conservative radio stations like WTMX, but many fans found this surprising, both because of Linkin Park and Jay-Z's personality but also because of the rest of the album. There is one part left out on the edited version of the DVD where Jay-Z is recording vocals for "Jigga What/Faint" and says "That shit is fast as shit!".

Track listing

DVD contents

Collision Course

  1. Intro
  2. In the Studio
  3. Jay-Z Arrives
  4. Rehearsal
  5. Sound Check
  6. "Dirt off Your Shoulder/Lying from You"
  7. "Big Pimpin'/Papercut"
  8. "Jigga What/Faint"
  9. "Numb/Encore"
  10. "Izzo/In the End"
  11. "Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer
  12. End Credits

Special Features

MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups:

  1. "It's Goin' Down" – 1:18
  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" – 4:56

Photo Gallery



  • Director: Kimo Proudfoot
  • Producer: Matt Caltabiano
  • Editor: Kevin McCullough
  • Live audio engineer: Guy Charbonneau
  • Live audio mix: Mike Shinoda
  • Executive producer: Janet Haase
  • Head of production: Joby Barnhart
  • Post production supervisor: Jason Cohon
  • For Sunset Editorial: Nazeli Kodjoian, Sin Halina Sy
  • Additional footage produced by Lenny Santiago
  • 5.1 mixed of Roxy Performance
  • DVD post producer: David May
  • Associate producer: Raena Winscott
  • Menu design: Sean Donelly
  • 5.1 mix producer: David May
  • 5.1 mix engineer: Ted Hall
  • Assistant engineer: Bruce Balestier
  • Audio mix: Mix Magic
  • Colorist: Dave Hussey
  • Title graphics: Carlos
  • Authoring: Cinram
  • Live performance filmed July 18th, 2004 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  • Original concept by Michele Megan Dix & Jesse Ignjatovic


  • Produced and mixed by Mike Shinoda
  • Arranged by Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda
  • Engineered by Mike Shinoda, John Ewing and Mark Kiczula
  • Mastered by Brain "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering
  • Executive producers: Shawn Carter and Linkin Park
  • A&R: Tom Whalley
  • A&R coordination for Warner Bros. Records: Marny Cameron
  • Marketing director: Peter Standish
  • A&R coordinator: Michael "Stick" Stefrin
  • Production coordinator: Ryan DeMarti
  • Sample clearance: Eric Weissman for Sample Clearance Limited
  • Executive producers: Rob McDermott and John Meneilly
  • Creative direction for Warner Bros. Records: Ellen Wakayama
  • Project art direction: THE FLEM and Mike Shinoda
  • Cover art direction and design: THE FLEM
  • Cover and all interior line art illustrations: David Choe
  • Digipak and booklet art direction and design: Lawrence Azerrad for LAD
  • Photography: Greg Watermann


  • Legal: Carroll, Guido & Groffman LLP

Linkin Park

  • Worldwide representation: Rob McDermott for The Firm with Additional Servitude by Michael "Stick" Stefrin & Ryan DeMarti
  • Booking agent: Michael Arfin for Artist Group International
  • Legal: Dany Hayes for Davis, Sharpio, Lewit, Montone & Hayes
  • Business managers: Michael Oppenheim for & Jonathan Schwartz for Gudvi, Sussman & Oppenheim
  • Worldwide licensing and merchandising: BandMerch

Entire Roxy set list

Before Jay-Z came on stage, Linkin Park played a small set of songs. After they finished the Collision Course songs, they had to play all six again, due to MTV's malfunction with the stage lighting. The performances on the DVD are from the second take, while the music video for "Numb/Encore" is from the first take. The "Hip-Hop Medley" from this show appears on Linkin Park's 4th annual fan club CD. A shortened version of "It's Goin' Down" from the medley can be found on the DVD.

First take

  1. Intro/Don't Stay
  2. Somewhere I Belong
  3. Hip-Hop Medley (Step Up/Nobody's Listening/It's Goin' Down)
  4. Breaking the Habit
  5. From the Inside
  6. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from You
  7. Big Pimpin'/Papercut
  8. Jigga What/Faint
  9. Numb/Encore
  10. Izzo/In the End
  11. Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer

Second take

  1. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from You
  2. Big Pimpin'/Papercut
  3. Jigga What/Faint
  4. Numb/Encore
  5. Izzo/In the End
  6. Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer

Chart positions

Chart Position
Swedish Albums Chart 9
Billboard 200 1

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