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What Happened to Limp Bizkit?

GH has been an online writer for over six years. Her work often focuses on heavy metal music and heavy metal history, among other things.

Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit ruled rock/rap in the late '90s. What happened to them?

Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit ruled rock/rap in the late '90s. What happened to them?

They Did It For the Nookie

Limp Bizkit had it, that undefinable something coupled with the right place at the right time that translates into instant mega-stardom. They literally blew up rock/rap in the late 1990s and were all over the airwaves and MTV and their success spawned a countless number of imitators.

With Fred Durst on vocals, Wes Borland on guitar, Sam Rivers on bass, John Otto on drums and DJ Lethal adding the hip-hop touch on the turntables, the band attempted to take over the world. And they succeeded for a while.

After several successful albums and singles and sold out world tours and festivals, Limp Bizkit dropped off the music radar.

So... Where did they go?

The Rise and Fall of Fred Durst

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, there weren't many bands bigger than Limp Bizkit. With the albums Three Dollar Bill Yall, Significant Other, and Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water, the band flew up the charts and released hit singles like "Faith," "Nookie," "Break Stuff," and "Rollin'."

Limp Bizkit were everywhere, due in part to Durst's apparent belief that even bad press is good. Indeed, Durst seemed to take great pleasure in the revolting name of the band, some of their albums, and some of their singles. (Google them, it's not fit to print here.) Limp Bizkit also managed to get themselves into "beefs" with other acts, most notably Eminem. Many industry experts mused that these feuds were solely designed for publicity.

Rock/Rap Wears Out Its Welcome

Two distinct things happened that caused the "fall' of Limp Bizkit. The first was that the whole rock/rap novelty wore itself out almost as quickly as it began.

The second catalyst was a bigger death blow than the first.

In 2001, Borland, considered by some to be the creative genius of the band, left the group. Reportedly, Borland was in it just for the music and felt that Limp Bizkit, under Durst's guidance, was consistently selling out.

Wes Borland Leaves the Band

Though in a public statement, Durst said that he wished Borland well after his departure, he still managed to start a MySpace war with Borland when he began working with his new project, a band called Black Light Burns.

Without Borland, and with Durst now completely in control of the band's focus, their musical direction shifted. Their next album, 2003's Results May Vary, was given largely unfavorable reviews, and the standout single from that record, a cover of The Who's Behind Blue Eyes caught the band a lot of flak. Many classic rock fans believed that Limp Bizkit had 'mutilated' a song that shouldn't have been covered to begin with. More than one critic stated that this album's sole focus was Fred Durst, and that's exactly the way he wanted it.

Limp Bizkit Becomes The Fred Durst Show

The backlash was bad. Even in 2004, after Borland's return, fans had simply had enough of Limp Bizkit and Durst's attention-seeking antics. During a concert on the 2005 Summer Sanitarium Tour featuring acts like Metallica, Korn, and Kid Rock, fans started chanting 'F*ck Fred Durst' and throwing trash on the stage during their performance.

Though Durst is a true showman on stage, rock fans felt that he was trying to overshadow his band and become the main focus. He wanted attention and would do anything he could to get it, even at the expense of his band.

2005: Limp Bizkit Goes on Hiatus

After the fairly successful release of the album The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) in 2005 which put them more in the alt-rock category than rap/rock, Limp Bizkit went on hiatus.

Where Is Limp Bizkit Now?

Since the official Limp Bizkit hiatus in 2005, its members have been busy. Fred Durst has a burgeoning film career and had a well-received role in the movie Population 436. He also served as an A&R rep for the band's label, Interscope. Wes Borland continued with Black Light Burns, recording and touring with the band and making some high-profile remixes of metal songs. Sam Rivers became a producer for bands from Limp Bizkit's hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. John Otto was actually giving drum lessons and working on his own rap career.

Gold Cobra

In 2011, Limp Bizkit reunited and released the album Gold Cobra, their first record together since 2004. The reviews for the album were mixed. Critics said that the music was good, but Durst's lyrics and vocal style were not.

The album's style was considered a throwback to the early days of nu-metal and rock/rap and Limp Bizkit's earlier records, which was considered a success by some. Others feel that the rock/rap train has long since left the station and the style of music is no longer relevant. Gold Cobra peaked on the Billboard 200 Album chart at number sixteen. It only sold 63,000 copies in the first six months after its release.

Cash Money Records

In December of 2011, Limp Bizkit was dropped/released from their contract with Interscope. Though Durst said in an interview, "Finally we have been able to get off our label and become independent," the band turned right around and signed a contract with Cash Money Records, the hip-hop home of Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, among other people.

In July of 2013, Limp Bizkit released the video for their new single, Ready to Go. The song and video feature Lil Wayne and the critics are divided. The video features not only scantily clad women but also Fred Durst on the toilet. It's hard to tell at this point if the band will again find fame and fortune.

Questions & Answers

Question: Do you feel the classic Limp Bizkit songs are good enough to make future fans who like the age of good rap and rock compared to today's synthetic feeling music?

Answer: Yes, absolutely. In any age, LB is going to be a standout. Think about what was on radio at the time - grunge, boy bands and Break Stuff.

© 2012 Georgie Lowery


Rowdy Mcflowdy from Baton Rouge Louisiana and Houston Texas on May 20, 2018:

It seems the author does not like Fred Durst and it comes out in the anti-Durst vibe of this article. Limp Bizkit is or was (not sure what their status is) a great band. Despite what is stated here, LB achieved success with and without Wes Borland. His contributions although significant, were not the main driving force behind LB. Yes the music was a little different after Wes but all their music has done well despite little promoting. Even Gold Cobra despite what is written here. Durst has definitely been the main influence and driving force. Freds vocals and style ARE Limp Bizkit. To say his style has left the station is advocating that LB and Durst morph into a different band. Without Durst, LB would never have achieved success. Like him or not, he is a big personality, with a big ego, and often that is a recipe for success, but also haters.

The criticism over Behind Blue Eyes I think is misguided. The song is very different compared to other LB music, but it is done well and sold well. I like it and can appreciate a little diversity on an album. (also I have a thing for covers done well) People that hate it because it is not "classic LB" are just haters. So you cant have something different on an album because now your not being true to your music? Give me a break. The other thing I thought was laughable is the claim that after Borland left, Durst was trying to make everything about him. No shite? A mega music artist with a huge ego? You dont say? In other news, water is wet. LB faded for several reasons but mainly Fred Durst and LB in general have always been the opposite of politically correct. With the rise of millenials and everyone being so butt hurt over words these days, fellow artists and media couldn't stand by and allow this crass guy to exist. He is hurting feelings, inciting violence, being rude, and treats women terrible! Sound familiar?

Truth is, if I had a few beers with Durst I would probably end up hating him too, but I don't want to be his friend. I want him to put out some new music! I wish LB would go back and put out an album and call it "Go Fuk Yourself" and make it as rude, crude, politically incorrect, and heavy as anything they ever put out. OG LB fans will come back.

H on April 03, 2018:

They were great band I think it's Fred dursts fault that they broke up

Dclark on October 31, 2017:

Great band

Cycologist on September 11, 2017:

Dusted off my 3 LB CDs, put them on the iPhone and now I go bike riding with a vengeance. I just need to remember not to sing-along out loud...families w/ kids on the bike trails.

LBFan90's on June 13, 2017:

LB = hype in the 90's and early 20's that was the case, in 2012 LB = 0 hype still the same LB but not the hype that we use to know

David Moore on June 06, 2017:

I have been limping with the Bizkit ever since I heard Counterfeit and haven't stopped since. Everyone has a band to get them through everything and anything for me it's limp Bizkit. From three dollar bill to gold cobra I'm a hardcore fan. My life's dream is to meet them and attend a concert. Thanks for the article

Help! on January 28, 2017:

wow, they came and went, now what????

Nick Bishop on January 05, 2016:

I loved Limp Bizkit at the time and their rock/rap combination was something fresh bringing two genres together as Aerosmith and Run DMC did before them.

Shame there are no good bands like them now burning up the charts.

Josh Morris on July 31, 2015:

I like Limp Bizkit I honestly do not care what people think they're one of my favorite bands and just to all you Limp Bizkit haters out there I'm not a "wanna-be thug fratboy"

tammy on March 13, 2015:

Love them! Wish they would make a come back in a big way

Michael steadwater on October 05, 2014:

durst is a has been. Trying to hard to be a badass. Had a good run tho. Needs to hang up the mic..

Ur a tool fred... Don't say u will punch an eye when ur going grey its lame

JonathanpOrtega on September 11, 2013:

First when I heard about the new song I was like Yay! But then when I saw the name Lil Wayne next to the name Limp Bizkit I was like whaat! They were cool guys, they were like badboys, rebels, they had their own style. Now their collaboration with this so-called rapper makes them just another band who decided to like like phoenixes and get some dough. Before LB Made duos with Method Man and DMX! That was the music! Now what is this? The song which is a look-everyone-how-cool-i-am. I wish they would continue on releasing songs like Nookie Seriously, old school Limp Bizkit is never gonna be back I guess.

steve on May 05, 2013:

I never cared for Limp Bizkit when they first where big because I was a fan of old school thrash and I didn't like the mix of rap and rock. But when I heard Chocolate Starfish(x generation) I really loved it...I loved the groove. Limp Bizkit is the only band that I could never figure out what happened to them. At first, the music was exciting when it first came out but when it was it was over, I think the musical gap between rap and rock was just to great and people just chose sides.

Jeff Humphreys on October 20, 2012:

They were just fun. I'm sure the internals were fucked, but who cares? The music was always fun. Even the last stuff was interesting commentary. It took the concepts of metal and rap and experimented with the limits of both. It's not Chopin.

Shinkicker from Scotland on October 18, 2012:

Hi Georgie

I love 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water' A classic album and what I really liked about Limp Bizkit was their sense of fun amongst all the angst-ridden bands of Nu-Metal.

I also actually though their version of 'Behind Blue Eyes' was even better than the original.

Cheers for an interesting Hub

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

I just saw somewhere that Fred Durst pretty much thinks Limp Bizkit is over. I think he's late to the party- most of us got that memo around 2004. I wasn't a fan as much an observer. I was in middle school when they blew up so I usually associate it with my classmates at the time which always cracks me up. And I do give Fred Durst credit for doing good PR and managing to stay up with the boy bands on TRL.

Where I think he messed up were his claims of hooking up with Britney and Christina. Whether or not it was true, it was in poor taste to kiss and tell but I think at that point people had got sick of him anyway.

Interesting hub, brought back a lot of funny memories for me.

Ka'imi'loa from Tucson, AZ. on August 20, 2012:

Touche' dear, indeed I agree with you.

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on August 20, 2012:


I'll listen to pretty much anything, except Nickelback. ;)

Ka'imi'loa from Tucson, AZ. on August 20, 2012:

Regardless, I'm not that much of a fan. I don't get into mixed styles, or infused genres. It only seems to work with Electronica/Jazz. Me, I'm simply a Reggae man....

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on August 20, 2012:


I like looking up these old bands and wondering what happened to them!


I think that Jon Davis is a deity, seriously. I don't care if he puts out a record of fart noises, I'll think it's genius. I believe that all that mess when they first came out was intentional - Fred Durst is a marketing genius of epic proportions. The music just got old and people moved on.

I think the one song that I'll listen to of theirs is Rollin', the Urban Assault Vehicle remix, because it has DMX on it. Break Stuff is my little brother's theme song, I swear!

Thanks for the comments!

Ka'imi'loa from Tucson, AZ. on August 20, 2012:

Limp Bizkit....had it not been for the fact that Fred was a tattoo artist inking up Jon Davis from Korn, I don't know if the band would have ever been formed. Also, since their debut onto the spotlight. Almost immediately they were attack for being gay and all the title for their albums were hidden subliminal messages assuring that they were. Me, I only cared for two songs, "N 2gethr Now" &"Break Stuff", other than that it was the band that faded out, not the genre.

Free2writ3 from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania on July 21, 2012:

Great hub....I was wondering the same thing.

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on July 07, 2012:

I hope you don't listen to Break Stuff. I'd hate to see what that would make a howler monkey throw around!

Jeff Boettner from Tampa, FL on July 07, 2012:

I still listen to them once in a while, their energy gets me goin bro

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on July 07, 2012:


That it did! It's a shame, in my opinion. Some of their earlier stuff was really good!

Thanks for commenting!

Jeff Boettner from Tampa, FL on July 07, 2012:

They did it all for the nookie, and the nookie well dried up.

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on June 23, 2012:

Steve Orion,

I'm with you on Korn, and I'm forever grateful to my little brother for making me listen to them when they first came out. All in the Family was seriously funny.

I did like Limp Bizkit for a while, starting with Faith. It was just too much of a novelty for me after a while, though.

Thanks for the comment and the compliment! :)

Steve Orion from Tampa, Florida on June 22, 2012:

I only ever knew of them by their connection to KoRn, I band I really loved growing up. Though I've heard their biggest hits, maybe 5 or 6, I never really listened to an album or saw a performance. I do recall Durst featured on a KoRn track, "All In The Family," which was amusing but out of place on the album, as a whole.

Thanks for the well written Hub and information, I learned a few things!

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on June 12, 2012:


I think they were a fad, and that fad wore off. Kind of like how nobody thinks that Marilyn Manson is controversial anymore. Unless he eats the face off of his guitar player in concert, nobody is going to care!

DJ Lethal has left the band before. It's always a big drama thing with all of them.

Jamie Sykes from Lewisville, North Carolina on June 12, 2012:

I read an article the other day that they parted ways with DJ Lethal and it has not been pretty. There was a Twitter war, apparently.

My favorite song was N 2gether Now, that Method Man appeared on. I played that song EVERY.DA*N.DAY after school my senior year. I would get in the car and fire it up as I left the parking lot. I still love it. Break Stuff is one of my b**chy/p*ssy songs. Behind Blue, they could have done worse but it could have been a lot better.

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on June 12, 2012:


Some nu metal I did like. Korn is in that group, and I think Jon Davis might be some kind of deity. I like Godsmack, Coal Chamber, Soulfly, Staind... a lot of them fit the category. I did hate Linkin Park, though, with a vengeance.

Iced Earth! LOVE!

Thank you for the comment, and the compliment! :)

cryptid from USA on June 12, 2012:

I haven't thought much about where they went, but on occasion I do consider how glad I am that they aren't around anymore. I couldn't stand the nu metal scene, and Limp Bizkit were the poster kids. Good riddance. I was listening to bands like Iced Earth and Dark Tranquility at the time anyway.

Georgie, your Hubs always seem to stir me up in some way or another. :)

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on June 12, 2012:


Durst is the ultimate front man, I just think he has too much of the diva attitude. For me, they could put out the best album in the history of history, and I don't know if I would even give them a chance.

You're right, the straight rock thing just didn't work for them.

Thanks again!

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on June 12, 2012:


I think Durst might have drank his own hotdog flavored water!


dustinweishaar from Loveland, CO on June 12, 2012:

I somewhat enjoyed the title track, have yet to hear the rest of the album though. Bizkit is just one of my guilty pleasure bands. I do agree though that after Starfish, their stuff really tanked. I'm all for bands doing new things but trying to pull a Papa roach and go straight rock just did not work for Durst and co.

Modok on June 12, 2012:

Durst drank the hotdog flavored wator...

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on June 12, 2012:


Their first three albums were good. I still listen to songs from them. But most of the stuff that came after... Erk!

Have you heard Gold Cobra? I listened to the title song for about 12 seconds before switching to something else and I was wondering how the rest of the album was.

dustinweishaar from Loveland, CO on June 12, 2012:

I will always be a Limp Bizkit fan because of the fun memories their music brings back for me. It's not the greatest rap/metal ever but damnit it is entertaining, I was just listening to Chocolate Starfish the other day which should have been titled "we excessively drop F-bombs because we can."