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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Thinks Fred Durst May Be The Reason Nü Metal Became So Hated


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Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix feels that Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and his larger than life persona during the height of his fame may have been the reason why the nü metal genre became so maligned. When asked why so many people looked down on the genre by KLAQ in the below video, Shaddix replied:

“A lot of people didn’t like Fred Durst—really and truly. That was real bad. and everybody was hating on him. And he was kind of, like, ‘Why do you wanna hate me?’ And so, he was kind of the poster boy for the genre, and so if people wanted to take pot shots at it, it was easy.

But I got nothing but love and respect for him. And for us, it’s, like, at the time, we were the bands that were just selling millions of records, and when you’re selling millions of records, people wanna… When you’re on the top, everybody wants to throw rocks. You know what I’m saying? So, kick rocks, punk!”

When asked if he felt there would ever be a time when nü metal would be ‘cool’ again, he offered:

“For me, P-Roach, it’s always about progression and evolution. So we’re not trying to bring back the old days at all, but we definitely went back and, I guess, brought some of the old-school elements into the music, but without trying to just go, ‘Alright. Now we’re old school again.’ ‘Cause we’ve gotta maintain a progressive vibe. But there are some rad bands that were influenced by the nü metal metal genre back in the day, like Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men… I mean, countless other bands, our homies in Sylar from Queens, they’re dope.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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