Fred Durst has come a long way in his ten year music career. Limp Bizkit have gone from being the biggest rock act of the 90s, to a band that are not only do not sell records, but are truly hated by most of America. Remember that most reviews you've read were written after Limp Bizkit went out of fassion, not at the time of the album, but this is from a man who still enjoys Limp Bizkit, and sees no reason why everyone else hates him.
After Run DMC feat Aerosmith's "Walk this way" the 90s were becoming dominated by rap metal, and bands were willing to add more controversy and explicit language to their music. Did Limp Bizkit take this to far? Too damn right they did! Not only do Limp Bizkit constantly say F-ck, show off their hate to other bands quite openly, but they also combine the genres way too much. Papa roach are considered rap metal, yet they don't combine metal head riffs from songs like Full Nelson, while the lead singer is using phrases like "Who's in da house", or in the middle of the album add in an R'n'B style beat like Getcha Groove on. At this time period though, this was taking things to the extreme, which the public always loved, but it is no surprise that todays Emo-pop-rock generation do not appreciate an album like this.
So why have I given it four stars? The answers is simple: The music is good! Wes dominated the writing of this album, and perhaps he is the missing factor of the band, and his departure is why the band are hated today. But this is not the issue. The fact is that this album topped the charts, got decent reviews, and lets face it, had you jumping around your room for three weeks. Look back to year 2000, Marilyn Manson, Blink 182, The bloodhound gang... none of these bands are selling particularly well today, but today's a different issue. If you like an hour of headbanging rap metal, Limp Bizkit are for you.