Ok guys, let's hold off on the slander for at least a few moments, shall we? The news above hit me as Limp Bizkit became a trending topic this afternoon because many people took to Twitter to make sarcastic jokes about the news with comments like "I thought Limp Bizkit broke up a decade ago". Admittedly, while many of them were admittedly funny, it also discounted the impact the band has had in the early 00's. May you have forgotten, hip hop's biggest names were working with Limp Bizkit during the height of their apex. DMX, Diddy, DJ Premier, The Neptunes, and the list goes on. Hell, I even found their remix album (featuring the latter three artists), New Old Songs, earlier this week and that was a fun re-listen.
For me, Limp Bizkit came at a perfect time in my growth. I was 13, and as many of us were at that age, we were looking for those anthems to break out and start to become our own self. Durst, propelled by the amazing riffs of guitarist Wes Borland, became one of those voices for our generation at that time. The hip hop influence in their sounds, especially in the aforementioned New Old Songs, also helped transition my tastes even further into the rap genre. Sure, now 24, listening to Limp Bizkit isn't quite the same. As Durst himself says in the interview announcing Limp Bizkit is over, "But here's the deal: say in 2000, there were 35 million people who connected to this band. Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it's over." A moment in time, yes. At that time, we were all rockin'. But yes, people have moved on. But, during this moment, I think there are plenty of fans out there like myself who won't forget.
Coincidentally, I've been listening to Limp Bizkit the past few days and even had "My Way" stuck in my head this morning randomly (it's below for your enjoyment). I was lookin' forward to see if they could make some noise with their signing to Cash Money earlier this year, but it looks like we won't get that chance any longer. That said, they've had plenty of hits during their 'moment'. What were some of your favorites?