No More 'Nookie' Between Limp Bizkit, Rubin

Rap-rock band and producer part ways; group will self-produce third album.

LOS ANGELES — Rap-metal rockers Limp Bizkit, who are working on the follow-up to 1999's multiplatinum Significant Other, have parted ways with producer Rick Rubin after working together only five days.

"We gotta do what we gotta do to get it going," Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst said on Saturday, at the National Association of Music Merchants music equipment convention. "I love the guy to death, but it just didn't work out, that's all. We're still buds. It's all good."

Rubin, who runs the American Recordings label, is known for his production work with such acts as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, the Black Crowes and Slayer.

Limp Bizkit will self-produce their third album, Durst said. The singer, who is a vice president at Interscope Records, produced "Laquerhead" (RealAudio excerpt) for Primus' Antipop (1999).

Durst said the band has written three songs for the new album, which is tentatively titled Chocolate Starfish. Recording is scheduled to begin mid-March, and Durst said that July 4 has been set as a possible release date, or what he called "Limpdependence Day."

The group also is working on putting together a stadium tour with Korn and other acts to coincide with the album release, Durst said.

Significant Other featured the hit "Nookie" as well as "N 2 Gether Now" (RealAudio excerpt), a radio crossover hit featuring Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man. The band also collaborated with Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland on "Nobody Like You" (RealAudio excerpt).

Limp Bizkit headlined the 1999 Family Values tour and performed a raucous set at Woodstock '99 that led to fans dismantling the festival equipment and crowd-surfing on scavenged sheets of plywood.