From the late ’90s to early ’00s, Fred Durst was a name music fans couldn’t avoid. As the lead singer of Limp Bizkit, he was no stranger to the charts, but these days, it’s rare to hear Durst’s name. So what happened to the rap-rock singer? Here are a few ideas.
He admitted to hating some fans
Limp Bizkit’s mainstream success was undeniable by the late ’90s, and that created a problem for the band. With its growing success came more fans, which wasn’t always a good thing for Limp Bizkit. Durst told Los Angeles’ KTLA the band actually hated some of its fans because they included the same type of people Durst dealt with during his childhood when he was a “misfit.”
The singer started Limp Bizkit as a place to direct his artistic talent when he was picked on, but he wound up using the group’s lyrics as a place to fight back against bullies. “But the irony was, the sound was so ferocious that bullies themselves would embrace Limp Bizkit,” he said in the interview. “So it was uneasy for us to see the people we really hated participating and being fans of the music alongside the people we were sort of fighting for and standing up for.”