Lil Wayne has made no secret of his affinity for rock and roll. The Cash Money MC loves strapping on a guitar, and though his detour into rock on the 2010 album Rebirth didn’t click with fans as much as his hip-hop efforts, Weezy wasn’t shy about cranking up the amps and paying homage to the rap-rock fusion sound of the 1990s.
So it kind of makes sense that he announced on Thursday that one of the icons of ’90s nu-metal, Limp Bizkit, would be joining the YMCMB roster.
In an interview with New York’s 98.7 Kiss FM station DJ target="_blank">Lenny Green, Wayne said, “We’re always listening and looking at acts. Every other day I hear about somebody new just signed to Cash Money … The other day I found out Limp Bizkit signed to Cash Money. They’re signing everybody.”
“The game is missing danger, electricity, and rock n roll!!!!” Cash Money Limp Bizkit
— Fred Durst (@freddurst) February 24, 2012
Wayne also said that the label could be working with former Murder Inc. princess Ashanti, but it was the news that Bizkit would join the likes of Nicki Minaj and Drake that raised the most eyebrows. Though they had a run at the top of the charts in the late 1990s with hits like a metalized rap cover of George Michael’s “Faith” and “Nookie,” by the early 2000s, Bizkit began to lose steam. In 2001, colorful guitarist Wes Borland split as the band fell into a creative and commercial funk.
Borland returned for a brief period in 2004, but the critic’s punching bag group could not outrun their past and went on hiatus until 2009, releasing their first album of new material in six years in 2011, the tepidly received major-label swan song, Gold Cobra. With the signing, LB become the first rock band to join a roster packed with R&B and rap acts that includes Tyga, Mack Maine, Busta Rhymes and Jay Sean.
Bizkit singer Fred Durst confirmed the Cash Money news early Friday morning (February 24) in a series of tweets, including one in which he wrote, “The game is missing danger, electricity, and rock n roll!!!! Cash Money Limp Bizkit.” He later added, “Rock s— doesn’t rock anymore! They say the whole game done went pop so I’m back in this ho! #CMLB.”
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