The musical beef, it runs deep through the veins of rap-rock.
The genre might have fizzled out around about the time everyone stopped shitting themselves over Y2K, but its participants still exist, and so too do the beefs.
Rage Against The Machine in particular (one of the greatest bands of all time I’ll note) have always taken umbrage with the what happened to the genre they more or less pioneered as it careened towards the millennium.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Rage’s perennially outspoken bassist Tim Commerford kind of just straight-up apologised for that whole Limp Bizkit thing.
“I do apologise for Limp Bizkit. I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullshit.”
“They’re gone, though. That’s the beautiful thing. There’s only one left, and that’s Rage, and as far as I’m concerned, we’re the only one that matters.”
‘Course the problem with that is that Commerford is apparently hilariously unaware that Limp Bizkit does, indeed, still exist, and is still touring regularly.
In fact, they continue to make a habit of covering Rage’s iconic hit “Killing in the Name” and make no bones about the influence Rage had on the band. At a set in New York as recent as last year, Fred Durst introduced the song with a love letter penned in a way only he could.
“This is dedicated to the rap-rock band that started this shit.”
“When I first heard this song, that shit hit me right the fuck here. [points to heart]”
“And this next part – ‘Fuck you!/I won’t do what you tell me!’ – changed my life.”
‘Course if you want to get *super* technical, you’re looking at Anthrax/Public Enemy or Run DMC/Aerosmith as the pioneers of rap-rock. But that’s neither here nor there in this case.
Regardless, this certainly isn’t the first time Commerford has taken umbrage with Limp Bizkit.
There was the infamous incident at the 2000 MTV VMAs where Commerford stormed the stage and climbed the set structure as Limp Bizkit were accepting an award, shaking it in an attempt to bring it down.
Turn of the millennium nu-metal. It is serious business, you guys.
via Rolling Stone.