Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has been spending a lot of time on MySpace lately.
He’s been using the band’s page to fire back at Limp guitarist Wes Borland, blasting him for comments he made last month regarding the rap-metal act’s status — or, in Borland’s mind, lack thereof. Durst has devoted sections of his MySpace blog to slamming Borland.
And now he’s turned to the medium that made him famous to drive home his many points. A tame dis track called “Unacceptableinterlude” has popped up on Limp Bizkit’s MySpace page. In the 57-second cut, Durst freestyle raps over a primitive drum loop and takes several shots at Black Light Burns, Borland’s post-Bizkit band. He further attempts to assassinate the musician’s character, chiding him for deceiving Limp fans the world over.
“Aw sh–, time to break out/ Seems like a black light’s done burnt out/ Like, ‘Wake me up before you go-go,’ man/ It’s that black light giving you that devilish tan, huh?” Durst spouts in his trademark whine. “I’m kind of glad you finally found a ‘man’/ Stop making plans to manipulate fans and/ Finally stick to something you believe/ ‘Cause you had us all fooled and, I’ll admit, even me/ Manipulating like a crook who’s arrestable/ It’s unacceptable, f—ing unacceptable.”
In an interview with MTV News last month, Borland said Limp Bizkit were over and that none of his future plans involved Durst, drummer John Otto, bassist Sam Rivers or turntable terrorist DJ Lethal (see “Bye Bye Bizkit? Wes Borland Says Limp Are Pretty Much Done” ).
“We’re officially on hiatus, maybe even officially over,” Borland said. He claimed he hadn’t spoken to Durst in months and that he would be concentrating all his efforts on Black Light Burns, not the Bizkit. “It’s kind of up in the air. No one said, ‘We’re done as a band.’ Everyone’s just doing their own thing, and [some members] don’t have time for this band anymore. I haven’t quit, but I’ve also decided to stop thinking about Limp. I’m not going to keep trying to breathe life into a dying animal. It just ground to a halt. We just basically stopped talking.
“I feel bad for the fans that [might] think something’s actually going to happen with Limp [in the future],” he continued. “It’s not happening. The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2),” the follow-up to 2005′s ill-received The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) EP, “is not coming out. If it does, I’d be super surprised. But you can never say never. Anything’s possible. As of right now, none of my future plans include Limp Bizkit.”
He has elaborated on the topic in blog musings posted to Black Light Burns’ MySpace page since the interview. In one, he even said he felt 2005′s Greatest Hitz collection was “a piece of crap and a waste of money.”
But according to Durst, Limp Bizkit are alive and well, and it would seem at this point that Borland’s no longer welcome at the “Nookie” party. “We cannot be labeled as ‘a dying breed’ when we are all very much alive,” Durst wrote. “Do not let this nonsense go on any further. I am with you.”
Calling the band his family, Durst characterized Borland as “the only person who turned his back on our family” and “left our family in a time of need” — a reference to Borland’s departure in October 2001 (see “Wes Borland: Why He Left Limp Bizkit “). He returned to the fold in August 2004.
While Borland claimed he left the band for fear he was “selling out,” he “was the only one pretending, the whole time supposedly, to be down with all of us and taking every single penny he could get his hands on and claims he only did it because ‘it worked,’ ” Durst wrote.
Limp’s leader said he was one of Borland’s “biggest fans” but that the whole of Limp Bizkit were still grappling with the pain the guitarist’s 2001 departure created for them. “We have been devastated ever since you left the first time,” Durst wrote. “We gave you our hearts and our unconditional loyalty because we are all about family and will be until we are no longer living. This scar will always remind us of all of the great times we shared together with you and hopefully nothing else.”
Durst added that the reason Borland may have believed Limp were in a state of permanent limbo is simple: “You don’t know of any new music being made because we chose, long ago, that we would never be so naive [as] to trust you again. Everything happens for a reason, and this is no exception.” The singer further revealed his plans to dedicate The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2) to Borland, “so please, find it in your heart to give it a listen — and even if you say you won’t, we know you will.”
But the MySpace bickering was far from over, as Borland issued his own response to Durst’s denigrations. “Was I right to speak for everybody in Limp? Probably not,” he admitted. “But I thought the fans deserved to know what was going on, at least from my perspective. It’s hard to ever know what’s really going on. I still stand behind everything I’ve said. [Limp] doing something is as much news to me as it is to everybody else. If Fred is making music, that’s great — more power to him. But I wasn’t aware.”
Borland said there were a number of “unresolved issues” between himself and Durst, which “will probably never be resolved because we can’t talk about them without getting angry at each other. It’s really up to me to let that stuff go, to let the grudges I have towards you go, and not to constantly hold on to our past together. I want you to be happy and I want to be happy too.”
Over the weekend, Durst’s latest blog focused on the future of The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2), which the frontman said “will have songs that me and Ross Robinson produced with Wes on guitar as well as songs that do not have Wes on guitar.”
“It will be a full-length album and not an EP,” Durst said. “It will be on the more aggressive side of nature and appeal to those who feed off of the heavier side of Limp Bizkit. My vocals will resemble more of the older style of vocals on earlier albums and be much more of a ‘Limp Bizkit approach’ than an experimental approach, like The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1).”
Durst also said the band will be touring around the release of The Unquestionable Truth‘s second installment, but he provided no clues as to when the outing might surface. “I am directing my first motion picture called ‘The Education of Charlie Banks’ right now, and as soon as I finish that, we will hit the road,” he wrote, alluding to one of multiple in-the-works film projects (see “Fred Durst: The Next Martin Scorsese?” ). “In the meantime, we will release our new album, TUT2, for our family. We anticipate a warm reception once the music is exposed. I feel as if this is the one we’ve been waiting for.”
For more on Limp Bizkit and the mixed reception to their last album, check out the feature “Limp Bizkit: What Happened?”