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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix “Hated” Being Lumped In With Early Nü-Metal Scene: “Everyone Was Trying To Compare Me To Fred Durst”


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In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Jacoby Shaddix, vocalist of multi-platinum nü-metal/alternative rock band Papa Roach, has spoken of his initial disdain for the scene his band rose to prominence in.

Propelled by the hit first single “Last Resort“, the group’s 2000 sophomore album (and major label debut) “Infest” catapulted the band to fame and fortune, attaining a 3x multi-platinum certification by July of 2001. Despite the clear ties to the then nascent nü-metal sound the band had at that time, it wasn’t a scene that Shaddix himself was a fan of being lumped in with.

He recently told the aforementioned publication of that time period:

“I hated it, I couldn’t stand it. Everyone was trying to compare me to Fred Durst and I was like, ‘I am so much more fucking punk rock than this dude. He’s on the hip hop side.’ No disrespect to Fred. I think he’s fucking great at what he does, and I dig him.”

Over 20 years removed from that time, Shaddix reflected on the nü-metal genre in general and its origins, offering:

“It was a new interpretation of what metal music could be and we were pulling inspiration from all over the place. Ministry were an influence, Faith No More were an influence. They were like the OGs of nu metal. They hate to own it, but they are. Mike Patton, you fucking motherfucker, you started it.”

Papa Roach are presently set to release their eleventh studio album “Ego Trip” this Friday, April 08th.

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