What Happened to Limp Bizkit?

The cover of Three Dollar Bill Y'all - Limp Bizkit's debut album
The cover of Three Dollar Bill Y'all - Limp Bizkit's debut album | Source

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?

Some people think that the fall of Limp Bizkit was entirely this guy's fault.
Some people think that the fall of Limp Bizkit was entirely this guy's fault. | Source

A Little History

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 still press. 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 a few 'beefs' with other acts, most notably Eminem. Many industry experts mused that these feuds were solely designed for publicity.

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. 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.

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.

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


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So... Where Are They Now?

Since the official Limp Bizkit hiatus in 2005, it's members have been busy.

Fred Durst has a burgeoning film career and had a well-received role in the movie Population 436. He was also involved in the business end of the music business 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 made 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.

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 albums 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 it's release.

In December of 2011, Limp Bizkit was dropped/released from their contract with Interscope. Though Durst said in an interview that '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 an fortune.

Limp Bizkit Ready to Go Official Music Video (Explicit Lyrics)

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dustinweishaar 4 years ago from Loveland, CO

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."

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author


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.

Modok 4 years ago

Durst drank the hotdog flavored wator...

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dustinweishaar 4 years ago from Loveland, CO

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.

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author


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


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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author


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!

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cryptid 4 years ago from Earth

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. :)

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author


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! :)

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sweetjamieblueyes 4 years ago from Lewisville, North Carolina

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.

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author


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.

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Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

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!

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author

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! :)

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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

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

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author


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

Thanks for commenting!

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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

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

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author

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

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Free2writ3 4 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

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

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benisan85745 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

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.

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author


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!

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benisan85745 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

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....

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA Author


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

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benisan85745 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

Touche' dear, indeed I agree with you.

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

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.

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Shinkicker 4 years ago from Scotland

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

Jeff Humphreys 4 years ago

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.

steve 3 years ago

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.

JonathanpOrtega 3 years ago

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.

Michael steadwater 2 years ago

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

tammy 19 months ago

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

Josh Morris 15 months ago

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"

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Nick Bishop 9 months ago from Blackpool

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.

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