During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda praised Metallica’s legendary album Ride The Lightning.

He was asked by Metal Hammer to single out the album that defines metal music for him. Mike responded:

“I heard this album in high school and I hated metal when I was 12 or 13, but I’d inadvertently heard them through Brad [Delson, Linkin Park guitarist]. ‘Ride the Lightning’ always defines metal to me.”

Asked about the first record he ever bought, Shinoda said:

“I got it on vinyl when it first came out and my favorite track that I’d play over and over was ‘It’s Tricky.’ That made me want to rap, for sure. That and ‘Yo! MTV Raps.’

Me and my friends used to swap cassettes and Run DMC changed my life. It was the most hard rock rap album at that time.”

You can read the entire interview from here.

Mike Shinoda celebrated his 42th birthday yesterday. On Twitter, he has reacted to fans who are posting “#ShouldersUntoched” tweets. Click here to details.