In the early 2000’s, there was a time when the two titans of nu-metal, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit, had a bit of a war of words in the media. Apparently, Fred Durst made a few less than flattering comments about the deranged 9-headed crew from Iowa to a friend of the band. Corey Taylor, naturally, didn’t take the slight of words too favorably.
And as Slipknot now had quite the megaphone available to them via TV and radio appearances, Mr. Taylor used this as an opportunity to loudly voice his displeasure.
While hosting an MTV ‘Total Request Live’-type of show on Australian TV, a fan asked Corey, Clown and Joey Jordison if there’s a rivalry happening with Limp Bizkit. Taylor responds:
“Alright, I’m gonna go on record right now… are you guys ready? Limp Bizkit, somebody in Limp Bizkit had the audacity to say to one of our good friends (who’s a very reliable source), that Slipknot fans are nothing but a bunch of fat, ugly kids. And hold on a second.
You know what I said to that? I wanna tell you what I said to that. One- I’m a fat, ugly kid. Two- Slipknot fans (for the most part), enjoy all kinds of music, like Limp Bizkit, maybe.
So what you’re basically saying is that your fans are fat ugly kids, too? Is that what you’re trying to say to me, mana? You wanna talk shit on the people that you care about, man? WE will come in, and we will kill you!!” You can watch the full televised rant below here:
After the TV appearance, Taylor somewhat softened his feelings for Durst, perhaps due to finding out that Durst’s kids were actually maggots themselves:
“All I can say, is that Fred Durst, is a person. And that is ALL I will say. The thing that sucks [about the situation]- his kids are huge Slipknot fans. I met them, he brought them up to us… they’re total maggots. He came up and he was like ‘man, can my kids get a picture with you’? Yes they can:”
In a separate interview, he went on to elaborate on his thoughts for Mr. Durst:
“Fred Durst is a great business man, but he’s not an artist. I don’t feel that from him. I don’t give a fuck if he’s got 10 bijillion dollars, he is not an artist to me. And, you know, it has nothing to do with him as a person. It is what he is doing. He is prepackaging and processing music that a lot of kids feel.” You can listen to the audio below. Thankfully, these days, the two frontmen (and bands), seem to have put the past behind them. The nu-beef appears to have been squashed, and hopefully for good.