Full disclosure: I was raised on Limp Bizkit, and they bridged the gap for me between hip hop and metal. Without them, I might not be where I am today. Given their influence on my musical development, I have a high tolerance for the group and can seem to manage well enough where everyone else seems to become offended at how bad they perceive the band to be. Even still, the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia can’t really mask how cringe-worthy some of their material is.
I like to approach new Limp Bizkit music with a morbid curiosity. Gold Cobra was pretty middle of the road, and I gave it a fair chance. I found that there were some legitimately enjoyable songs within, so long as you try not to think about it too much. At the end of the day, it was exactly what I expected. I didn’t mind it too much, though I’m sure most of you will despise the record.
Now, two years later, Limp Bizkit has started the album cycle and hype train for their next venture, Stampede of the Disco Elephants. Many may think I have my priorities out of order when I say that I felt some pessimism in regards to the group’s new video for ‘Ready To Go,’ not because it’s a new LB track, but because it features Lil’ Wayne.
I’ve always despised Lil’ Wayne. People praise his lyricism, but I just can’t see anything special in him. In fact, I feel compelled to say that as far as rappers go, Lil’ Wayne just feels lazy and dumb. He makes Fred Durst look good in comparison. Otherwise, I think ‘Ready To Go’ is pretty unoffensive despite being your average ignorant Limp Bizkit track and running about a minute longer than it needed to be. I know everyone will disagree with me though, so you can begin feeling the pain in the Durst-directed video below.