Did My Time

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"Did My Time"
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Single by Korn
from the album Take a Look in the Mirror
B-side "One" (Live)
Released July 22, 2003
Format CD 5"
Label Epic
Korn singles chronology
"Alone I Break"
"Did My Time"
"Right Now"

"Alone I Break"
"Did My Time"
"Right Now"

"Did My Time" is a song written and recorded by American nu metal band Korn for the film, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life . It was released as a single in July 2003 in support of the film, and was later featured on the band's sixth studio album, Take a Look in the Mirror .

Nu metal is a subgenre of alternative metal that combines elements of heavy metal music with elements of other music genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk, industrial, and grunge. Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu metal rarely features guitar solos; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are occasionally featured in nu metal to provide instrumentation such as sampling, turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds. Vocal styles in nu metal include singing, rapping, screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the new wave of American heavy metal.

Korn American nu-metal band

Korn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band is notable for pioneering the nu metal genre and bringing it into the mainstream.

Single (music) type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.


Music and structure

The song was an unfinished demo from 2002's Untouchables . James "Munky" Shaffer had written the main riff and was playing it every day, and producer Michael Beinhorn couldn't stand it. In early 2003, Korn completed the whole song, and caught the attention of Paramount Pictures who wanted to use it in the film Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life . However, the song was only released as a single for the film, and featured during the films end credits. It did not appear on the motion picture soundtrack, due to certain clauses in Jonathan Davis's record contract at the time, [1] the same reason why Davis could not release the original versions of the songs he composed for the Queen of the Damned soundtrack, which featured his vocals. The instrumental version of "Did My Time" was also featured on the PlayStation 2 fighting game "Fight Club" and VH1's 100 most shocking music moments in the discussion of the Woodstock 1999 riot.

<i>Untouchables</i> (album) 2002 studio album by Korn

Untouchables is the fifth studio album by American nu metal band Korn. The album was officially released on June 11, 2002 and featured the Grammy-winning single "Here to Stay". Untouchables debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 434,000 copies sold during its first week, second only to Eminem's The Eminem Show. The album received positive reviews from music critics. Untouchables was certified platinum on July 11, 2002. Untouchables sold at least 1.4 million copies in the United States.

Michael Beinhorn is an American musician and record producer. He works primarily with bands in the alternative rock and rock genres, having produced multiple albums for the bands Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hole, Violent Femmes and Marilyn Manson.

Paramount Pictures Major film studio in America, specializing in film and television production, and distribution.

Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio based in Hollywood, California, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world, the second oldest in the United States, and the sole member of the "Big Five" film studios still located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.


"It's basically about things in my life that keep going on. When am I fucking finally gonna get a break? I'm saying 'I paid my dues I did my time.' All the messed up shit going on in my life. When is something good gonna happen?" – Jonathan Davis

Chart performance

"Did My Time" became Korn's first and only top forty entry on the Hot 100, peaking at number thirty-eight in August 2003, [2] due to the physical sales of the CD single.

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

CD single music single in the form of a standard size compact disc

A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. The standard in the Red Book for the term CD single is an 8cm CD. It now refers to any single recorded onto a CD of any size, particularly the CD5, or 5-inch CD single. The format was introduced in the mid-1980s but did not gain its place in the market until the early 1990s. With the rise in digital downloads in the early 2010s, sales of CD singles have decreased.


Chart (2003)Peak
Australia (ARIA)29
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)12
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)18
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)12
Brazil (ABPD) [3] 80
Canada (Jam! CANOE)9
Denmark (Tracklisten)14
Netherlands (MegaCharts)87
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)13
Germany (Media Control AG)12
Ireland (IRMA)24
Italy (FIMI)19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)17
UK (The Official Charts Company)15
US Billboard Hot 100 38
US Alternative Songs ( Billboard )17
US Mainstream Rock Songs ( Billboard )12

Music video

A video was directed by Dave Meyers, mainly known for his work with rapper Missy Elliott, featuring the star of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life , Angelina Jolie. [1] The video shows Angelina Jolie walking through an alley when the ground starts to crack. A black mist rises out of the cracks, which then transforms into the band when the main riff of the song starts. The black mist around them starts becomes bigger as the song progresses. In the end of the music video, the band disappears and the cracks disappear as well. Scenes from the movie are shown during the video.

David Charles Meyers is an American music video, commercial and film director.

Missy Elliott American rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer and record producer

Melissa Arnette Elliott, also known professionally as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and actress. Elliott embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group Sista in the early-mid 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. Following several collaborations and guest appearances, she launched her solo career in 1997 with her debut album Supa Dupa Fly, which spawned the top 20 single "Sock It 2 Me". The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, the highest-charting debut for a female rapper at the time.

Angelina Jolie American actress, film director and screenwriter

Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' to Get Out (1982). Her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993), followed by her first leading role in a major film, Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical television films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999).


The song received a nomination at the 2004 Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance, but lost to Metallica's "St. Anger". [4] This would be Korn's fourth nomination in the aforementioned category and their sixth overall.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

St. Anger (song) song by Metallica

"St. Anger" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from their eighth studio album of the same name. It won Best Metal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards and was also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to "Somewhere I Belong" by Linkin Park.

Track listing

  1. "Did My Time" – 4:10
  2. "Did My Time" (The Grayedout mix) – 4:47
  3. "One" (live, Metallica cover) – 4:31
    MTV American pay television channel

    MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.

    James Hetfield American musician, songwriter and record producer

    James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

    Lars Ulrich Danish musician

    Lars Ulrich is a Danish musician, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Metallica. The son of tennis player Torben Ulrich and grandson of tennis player Einer Ulrich, he also played tennis in his youth and moved to Los Angeles at age 16 to train professionally. However, rather than playing tennis, Ulrich began playing drums. After publishing an advertisement in The Recycler, Ulrich met vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and formed Metallica.

See also


  1. 1 2 "Korn Do 'Time' For Lara Croft". MTV. June 11, 2003. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  2. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks
  3. "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. "Grammy Awards: Best Metal Performance". Rock on the Net. Retrieved May 11, 2013.

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