On this track, co-producer and vocalist Mike Shinoda reworks Public Enemy's "bass, how low will you go?" from "Bring The Noise
," to "To save face, how low will you go?" Shinoda told NME
that he wanted A Thousand Suns
to be "three-dimensional" like his rap heroes.
"I reference them in the song 'Wretches And Kings', there is a homage to [lead rapper] Chuck D on there," he said. "It's probably the most hip-hop song on the record and one of the most aggressive, but it feels like nothing I've ever heard before.
Public Enemy were very three-dimensional with their records because although they seemed political, there was a whole lot of other stuff going on in there too. It made me think how three-dimensional I wanted our record to be without imitating them of course, and show where we were at creatively."