32. Limp Bizkit
Three Dollar Bill, Y’all
[Flip Records; 1997]
Before they’d become the poster boys for record label excess Limp Bizkit were lean, mean and hungry as hell. Fred Durst, a hustler to the bone, had his band performing in
parking lots, paying radio stations to play debut album Three Dollar Bill, Y’all’s lead single (with a disclaimer of course, no payola here), and recording an irresistibly disrespectful cover of an 80s pop classic (“Faith”) that would, naturally, become their breakout hit. While never some Rakim level MC, Durst remains an underrated rapper whose enthusiasm and love of the game takes him places the conventionally skilled would never go. The flows and layered cadences of “Stuck” aren’t the most original things ever but won’t be leaving your brain anytime soon while he attacks opener “Pollution” with a ravenously infectious energy. Meanwhile, guitarist Wes Borland has a ball finding clever ways of deconstructing the fretboard of a 7-string guitar. “Counterfeit”s big bounce riff is little more than a-tonal clunks and some touch harmonics while skilled flowing taps lace “Sour” and “Stalemate” with dense thickets of clean melody. Together, Durst and Borland strike a perfect yin-yang balance if said yin-yang is tattooed on a drunk Florida Man’s left bicep. When it was time to hit the road in support of Three Dollar Bill, Y’all the prospect of schlepping from one half empty club to another wasn’t very appealing to Freddy D. Instead he launched Ladies Night In Cambodia. Why is it “Ladies Night?” Chicks get in for free. The tour was a smash. “Faith” made MTV and soon Three Dollar Bill Y’all would be platinum. Clever guy, that Fred Durst.