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    Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:32:51

    Look Back: Limp Bizkit "Three Dollar Bill, Yall$" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Now, rap and metal had certainly met before Limp Bizkit's seminal 1997 debut, Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$.

    However, no one had married the two quite like Jacksonville's finest did. It wasn't just a marriage though. It was a weird, wild orgy of whacked-out guitar wizardry from Wes Borland, funked-up beats and bass courtesy of John Otto and Sam Rivers respectively, and Fred Durst's airtight rapping and cathartic screams. Simply put, there was nothing like it at the time, and it blew the doors open for Limp Bizkit as one of the most immortally infectious and inimitable rock bands of all time.

    Limp Bizkit then took over the world, and they deserved to because they broke the doors open for an entire genre, expanding heavy music's horizons in the process. Alongside Korn, they made rock popular again, and it started with Three Dollar Bill, Yall$. Girls even got back into rock music for the first time since Appetite for Destruction. Why? Because Limp Bizkit knew how to get audiences moving. With Ross Robinson's gritty, no-nonsense production, the record echoes with a tangible intensity like it's meant to be played at skate parks—loud.

    After an eerie "Intro", "Pollution" lays the smack down with Borland's distinctive riff stomp and Durst's screams carrying a pummeling chorus. "Counterfeit" not only evinced the frontman's impeccable rhyme skills, but it featured some bass and drum grooves worthy of ass-shaking. "Stuck" slipped from space hip hop into another hammering buzz-saw guitar exorcism, while "Nobody Loves Me" remains the most vicious rap metal anthem of all time. At the beginning of "Sour", Borland turned his guitar into an otherworldly beacon like Les Claypool transposing Slayer.

    The six-minute "Stalemate" allows the band to go off wandering into trippy territory with the requisite heaviness intact. The bass chug of "Clunk" simply destroys, while the band's take on George Michael's "Faith" is so catchy it's no surprise it became such a massive hit. "Indigo Flow" laid back into chilled out hip hop territory before a final scream as Durst shouts out all the homies that helped them along the way. "Leech" and "Everything" close the ride out with a fitting drop into the abyss.

    With Durst posting videos in the studio of the band with Robinson again and appearances at Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion, fans should be more than thrilled for this year's Stampede of the Disco Elephants. It's Limp Bizkit's first outing on Cash Money Records, and it's bound to have the same kind of impact as Three Dollar Bill, Yall$. Get ready for them to take over again…

    Rick Florino

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