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William Fredrick Durst
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Fred Durst with Limp Bizkit in 2013
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Frederick Durst
Born (1970-08-20) August 20, 1970 (age 49)
Gastonia, North Carolina, U.S.
Origin Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • guitarist
  • actor
  • film director
  • tattoo artist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1993–present
Labels Shrapnel
Associated acts

William Frederick Durst (born August 20, 1970) is an American vocalist, actor and film director. He is best known as the frontman of the rap rock band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he released six studio albums. He started making money playing in several Jacksonville, Florida bands, mowing lawns and drawing tattoos.

Rap rock is a fusion genre that fuses vocal and instrumental elements of hip hop with various forms of rock. Rap rock's most popular subgenres include rap metal and rapcore, which include heavy metal- and hardcore punk-oriented influences, respectively.

Limp Bizkit American nu-metal band

Limp Bizkit is an American rap rock band from Jacksonville, Florida. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, DJ Lethal (turntables), and Wes Borland. Their music is marked by Durst's angry vocal delivery and Borland's sonic experimentation. Borland's elaborate visual appearance, which includes face and body paint, masks and uniforms, also plays a large role in the band's live shows. The band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, have sold 40 million records worldwide and won several other awards.

Jacksonville, Florida Largest city in Florida

Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, the most populous city in the southeastern United States and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits. As of 2017, Jacksonville's population was estimated to be 892,062. The Jacksonville metropolitan area has a population of 1,523,615 and is the fourth largest in Florida.


Since 2006, Durst has worked on independent films. He costarred in Population 436 , and made his directorial debut in 2007, with The Education of Charlie Banks . He followed with The Longshots in 2008. His most recent film, The Fanatic , came out in 2019.

<i>Population 436</i> 2006 film by Michelle MacLaren

Population 436 is a 2006 mystery-horror film directed by Michelle MacLaren and starring Jeremy Sisto, Fred Durst, Peter Outerbridge and Charlotte Sullivan.

<i>The Education of Charlie Banks</i> 2007 film directed by Fred Durst

The Education of Charlie Banks is a 2007 drama film directed by Fred Durst, produced by Straight Up Film's Marisa Polvino and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Eva Amurri, Gloria Votsis, and Chris Marquette. It had its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Made in NY Narrative Award given to the best narrative film made in New York City. It is Durst's film directing debut.

<i>The Longshots</i> 2008 film by Fred Durst

The Longshots is a 2008 American comedy-drama sports film directed by Fred Durst, based on the real life events of Jasmine Plummer, the first female to participate in the Pop Warner football tournament. The film stars Ice Cube and Keke Palmer, their second film together after Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and was released on August 22, 2008.


Early life

Durst was born in Gastonia, North Carolina and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. [1] At the age of 12, Durst took an interest in breakdancing, hip hop, punk rock and heavy metal. He began to rap, skate, beatbox and DJ. Leaving the Navy after just two years, Durst moved to Jacksonville where he worked as a landscaper and a tattoo artist while developing an idea for a band that combined elements of rock and hip-hop. [2] [3]

Gastonia, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Gastonia is the largest city in and county seat of Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. It is also the second largest satellite city of the Charlotte area, behind Concord. The population was 71,741 at the 2010 Census. In 2016, the population had increased to 75,536. Gastonia is the 13th largest city in North Carolina. It is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, officially designated the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Gastonia has experienced steady growth, with a population increase between 2000 and 2010 of nearly 8.2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Breakdancing style of street dance

Breaking, also called breakdancing or b-boying/b-girling, is an athletic style of street dance. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, breakdancing mainly consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes. Breakdancing is typically set to songs containing drum breaks, especially in hip-hop, funk, soul music and breakbeat music, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970s. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Formation of Limp Bizkit (1994–1998)

In 1994, Durst, Malachi Sage bassist Sam Rivers, and Rivers' cousin John Otto jammed together and wrote three songs. Guitarist Wes Borland later joined. Durst named the band Limp Bizkit because he wanted a name that would repel listeners. [4] Limp Bizkit developed a cult following in the underground music scene when its covers of George Michael's "Faith" and Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" began to attract curious concertgoers. [4]

Sam Rivers (bassist) American musician

Samuel Robert Rivers is the bassist and backing vocalist of the band Limp Bizkit, and one of its founding members.

John Otto (drummer) American musician

John Everett Otto is an American musician best known as the drummer and founding member of American rap rock band Limp Bizkit.

Wes Borland American musician

Wesley Louden Borland is an American rock musician and artist. He is best known as the current guitarist and backing vocalist of the American rap rock band Limp Bizkit and as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the alternative and industrial rock band Black Light Burns and the metal band Big Dumb Face.

Later, when Korn performed in town as the opening act for Sick of It All, Durst invited Korn to his house. He was able to persuade bassist Reginald Arvizu to listen to demos of the songs "Pollution", "Counterfeit", and "Stuck". Korn added a then-unsigned Limp Bizkit to two tours, which gave the band a new audience. [4] [5] DJ Lethal, formerly of the hip hop group House of Pain, joined the band as a turntablist; Durst's disagreements with Borland led the guitarist to quit and rejoin the band. [4]

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.

Sick of It All American hardcore punk band

Sick of It All is an American hardcore punk band, formed in 1986 in Queens, New York. The band's current lineup consists of brothers Lou and Pete Koller on lead vocals and guitars respectively, Armand Majidi on drums, and Craig Setari on bass. Sick of It All is considered to be a major part of the New York hardcore scene, and has sold half a million records worldwide.

Reginald Arvizu American musician

Reginald Quincy "Fieldy" Arvizu is an American musician. He is best known as the bassist for the nu metal band Korn, and guitarist for the hard rock band StillWell.

In 1997, Limp Bizkit signed with Flip Records, a subsidiary of Interscope Records, and released their debut album, Three Dollar Bill, Y'all to minimal response. Durst was appointed Senior Vice President of A&R at Interscope. [6] On October 23, 1997, Durst met the band Staind, but friction quickly emerged between the two over the cover art of Staind's album. Durst unsuccessfully attempted to remove Staind from a concert bill shortly before their performance, but after hearing the band play, [6] he was so impressed that he signed them to Flip/Elektra, recorded a demo with the band, and co-produced their next album, Dysfunction. [6]

Flip Records is a Californian record label, started by Jordan Schur in 1994. Flip had distribution deals with other labels including Epic, Elektra and A&M until Schur was named president of Geffen and issued through Geffen/Interscope. The label is known for the signing of popular nu metal bands such as Limp Bizkit, Staind, Dope and Cold.

Interscope Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Interscope Geffen A&M imprint. It was founded in late 1990 by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field as a $20 million joint venture with Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records. At the time, it differed from most record companies by giving decision-making authority to its A&R staff and allowing artists and producers complete creative control. It had its first hit records less than a year after it was founded, and achieved profitability in 1993. Iovine served as chairman and CEO until May 2014, when he was succeeded by John Janick.

Staind American rock band

Staind is an American rock band formed in 1995. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki. The lineup has been stable outside of the 2011 departure of Wysocki, who was replaced by Sal Giancarelli. Staind has recorded seven studio albums: Tormented (1996), Dysfunction (1999), Break the Cycle (2001), 14 Shades of Grey (2003), Chapter V (2005), The Illusion of Progress (2008), and Staind (2011). The band's activity became more sporadic after their self-titled release, with Lewis pursuing a solo country music career and Mushok subsequently joining the band Saint Asonia, but they have continued to tour on and off in the following years. As of 2016, Lewis has reiterated that the band has not broken up, and will possibly create another album, but that his current focus is on his solo career. Staind most recently performed live in 2017, and as of 2018, they are on hiatus. The band has sold over 15 million records worldwide. Many of their singles have reached high positions on US rock and all-format charts as well, including "It's Been Awhile", "Fade", "Price to Play", "So Far Away", and "Right Here".

After Limp Bizkit finished a tour with the band Deftones, Durst and DJ Lethal were asked by Max Cavalera, formerly of the band Sepultura, to appear on "Bleed", a song from the self-titled debut of his new band Soulfly. Cavalera stated that producer Ross Robinson recommended that he work with Durst. [7] Durst also made an appearance on Korn's album Follow the Leader . Jonathan Davis had intended to write a battle rap with B-Real of Cypress Hill, but the latter's label wouldn't let him do it, and Durst was tapped instead. [7] Davis and Durst wrote the lyrics for "All in the Family", which featured the two vocalists trading insults. Davis and Durst would often offer suggestions for each other's lyrics; a lyric written by Durst as "tootin' on your bagpipe" was changed to "fagpipes" by Davis, who stated "I helped him bag on me better". [7]

Durst began to take an interest in filmmaking, directing the music video for Limp Bizkit's single "Faith" in promotion for its appearance in the film Very Bad Things ; he was unsatisfied with it and made a second video which paid tribute to tour mates Primus, Deftones and Mötley Crüe, who appeared in the video. [7]

Mainstream success and controversies (1998–2005)

Fred Durst with Limp Bizkit 2011 Fred Durst.jpg
Fred Durst with Limp Bizkit 2011

Limp Bizkit achieved mainstream success with the albums Significant Other (1999) and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000). In the summer of 1999, Limp Bizkit played at the highly anticipated Woodstock '99 festival in front of approximately 200,000 people. Violence occurred during and after their performance, including fans tearing plywood from the walls during the song "Break Stuff". Several sexual assaults were reported in the aftermath of the concert. [5] [6] [8] Durst stated during the concert, "People are getting hurt. Don't let anybody get hurt. But I don't think you should mellow out. That's what Alanis Morissette had you motherfuckers do. If someone falls, pick 'em up. We already let the negative energy out. Now we wanna let out the positive energy". [6] Durst later stated in an interview, "I didn't see anybody getting hurt. You don't see that. When you're looking out on a sea of people and the stage is twenty feet in the air and you're performing, and you're feeling your music, how do they expect us to see something bad going on?" [6] Les Claypool told the San Francisco Examiner, "Woodstock was just Durst being Durst. His attitude is 'no press is bad press', so he brings it on himself. He wallows in it. Still, he's a great guy." [6]

In June 2000, Limp Bizkit performed at the WXRK Dysfunctional Family Picnic, but showed up an hour late for their set. [9] An Interscope spokesman stated that there was confusion over the band's set time. [9] During the band's performance, Durst criticized Creed singer Scott Stapp, calling him "an egomaniac". [9] Creed's representatives later presented Durst with an autographed anger management manual during an appearance on Total Request Live . [9] In the summer, Limp Bizkit's tour was sponsored by the controversial file sharing service Napster. Durst was an outspoken advocate of file sharing. [5]

During the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, Durst performed Limp Bizkit's song "Livin' It Up", as a duet with Christina Aguilera. In response to the performance, Filter frontman Richard Patrick claimed that "Fred getting onstage with Christina Aguilera embarrassed us all." [10] In response to the negative reactions to the performance, Durst remarked, "I already told you guys before, I did it all for the nookie, man." [10] Aguilera, in response to Durst's remark, commented, "He got no nookie." [11]

During a 2001 tour of Australia at the Big Day Out festival in Sydney, fans rushed the stage in the mosh pit, and teenager Jessica Michalik died of asphyxiation. In court, Durst, represented by his long-time attorney, Ed McPherson, testified he had warned the concert's organizers Aaron Jackson, Will Pearce and Amar Tailor and promoter Vivian Lees of the potential dangers of such minimal security. [12] After viewing video and hearing witness testimony, the coroner said it was evident that the density of the crowd was dangerous at the time Limp Bizkit took the stage and Durst should have acted more responsibly when the problem became apparent. [13] Durst stated that he was "emotionally scarred" because of the teenager's death. [14]

In 2002, Durst was tapped to write songs for Britney Spears, and later said that he was in a relationship with her. Spears denied Durst's claims. [15] In a 2009 interview, he explained that "I just guess at the time it was taboo for a guy like me to be associated with a gal like her." [15] In February 2005, a sex tape featuring Durst was released on the Internet. Durst filed a $70 million lawsuit against ten websites that posted the video. [16] [17]

In July 2003, Limp Bizkit participated on the Summer Sanitarium Tour, headlined by Metallica. [18] In the days preceding the tour's stop in Chicago, local radio personality Mancow Muller mocked Durst and suggested that listeners who were attending the concert should heckle the singer and throw debris. [19] With the crowd chanting "fuck Fred Durst" and pelting the stage with garbage, Durst erupted in a profane, homophobic tirade after six songs, threw the microphone down and walked off stage. [20] Durst was eventually sued for breach of contract (for not completing the show) by Chicago lawyer Michael Young in a class-action suit. [21]

In May 2005, The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) was released. Sammy Siegler took over drumming duties for the band for much of the album. At Durst's insistence, the album was released as an underground album, without any advertising or promotion. [22] [23] The album sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide, peaking at number 24 on the Billboard 200. [24] [25] Durst later announced that despite the album's title, no sequel to The Unquestionable Truth would be produced. [26] Later in the year, the band released a Greatest Hitz album. [27]

Having been bullied while growing up, Durst disliked seeing people "using my music as fuel to torture other people"; feeling that his music was being misinterpreted, he would later cite this as the reason for the band taking a hiatus. [28]

Durst at the premiere of Baby Mama at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival Fred Durst at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.JPG
Durst at the premiere of Baby Mama at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival

Start of film career (2006–2009)

While Limp Bizkit was on hiatus, Durst began working in independent films. In 2006, Durst costarred in the film Population 436 . His directorial debut, The Education of Charlie Banks , was released the following year. The film, which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Chris Marquette and Jason Ritter, received mixed reviews; Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, assigned the film a score of 46%. The website's consensus stated, "Unevenness and earnestness mire this otherwise sweet, surprising coming of age drama." [29] A second directorial effort, The Longshots , starring Ice Cube and Keke Palmer, was released in 2008. Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film a score of 39%, with the consensus indicating that the film was "a largely formulaic affair, rarely deviating from the inspirational sports movie playbook." [30] The same year, Durst appeared as a bartender in two episodes of the television medical drama House, M.D. [31]

Limp Bizkit reunion (2009–present)

Fred Durst performing with Limp Bizkit at Quebec Agora Fest 2019. Fred Durst performing with Limp Bizkit 2019 (Quintin Soloviev).jpg
Fred Durst performing with Limp Bizkit at Quebec Agora Fest 2019.

In 2009, the original lineup of Limp Bizkit reunited and began touring. Durst announced that they had begun to record a new album, Gold Cobra . [32] The album was released on June 28, 2011, receiving mixed reviews. [33] It peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200. [25]

In 2012, Durst appeared on the Insane Clown Posse cover album Smothered, Covered & Chunked on a cover of AMG's "Bitch Betta Have My Money". [34] In February 2012, Lil Wayne announced in a radio interview that Limp Bizkit had signed to his label, Cash Money Records, which Durst confirmed on his Twitter page. [35] A few months later Durst was featured alongside Lil Wayne and Birdman on the Kevin Rudolf song "Champions", which peaked in the top 10 on iTunes.

Originally, Durst was to direct and produce the film Pawn Shop Chronicles , starring Paul Walker; [36] but Wayne Kramer was later chosen to direct the film. [37] [38] In 2014, Durst shot three commercials for the website Eharmony, [39] In February 2018, Durst began filming The Fanatic , starring John Travolta. [40]

Personal life

Fred Durst has a daughter named Adriana Durst. She was born in 1990 to Durst and his then-wife Rachel Tergesen. He also has a son named Dallas. [41]

In 2009, Durst married Esther Nazarov and split after three months. [42] Durst married his third wife [43] make-up artist Kseniya Beryazina [44] in 2012. [43] They filed for divorce in September 2018. [44]

In 2015, Fred Durst stated his interest in obtaining a Russian passport and spending half of the year in Crimea. [45] He wrote a letter in which he stated that Vladimir Putin is "a great guy with clear moral principles and a nice person." [46] Following that, Durst was banned by the Security Service of Ukraine from entering Ukraine for five years "in the interests of guaranteeing the security" of the country. [47] Soon thereafter, all Limp Bizkit sales on the territory of Ukraine were prohibited. [48]

During the 2018 California wildfires, Durst's house burned down. His bandmate, Wes Borland, also lost several pieces of equipment in the fire. These were stored in Durst's house as they were scheduled to record the day after the fire. [49]

As of 2016, Durst is a vegan. [50]


Durst was accused of insulting fans of the band Slipknot in 1999 by referring to them as "fat, ugly kids". Slipknot singer Corey Taylor responded during a concert in New York by claiming that the fans of Slipknot "for the most part, enjoy all kinds of music, like Limp Bizkit, maybe." Taylor went on to claim that insulting the fans of Slipknot could also be insulting the fans of Limp Bizkit themselves. [51] In a later interview, Corey mentions Durst is a good business man, but he is not an artist. [52] Corey also mentioned that it is not because of him as a person but it was because of what he was doing, which he claimed was because he was "processing music that other kids feel."

Durst also fell out with rapper and former friend Eminem regarding Eminem's feud with Everlast. This resulted in Eminem creating a diss track against Durst called "Girls" released on his D12 group's 2001 album Devil's Night . [53]



As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications Album

Main. Rock


"Counterfeit" / "Nobody Loves Me" [A] 1997 Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$
"Sour" [65] 1998
"Nookie"19998036133633 Significant Other
"Crushed"31 End of Days soundtrack
"N 2 Gether Now" [B]
(featuring Method Man)
702895184Significant Other
"Break Stuff" [B] [C] 2000123141941
"Take a Look Around" [D] 115815284472973 Mission: Impossible II soundtrack
"Rollin'"654101110101814211 Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
"My Generation"1833311923142315
"My Way"200175345751385641996
"Faith" / "Fame" [70]
(featuring Everlast)
New Old Songs
"Eat You Alive"20032016301613363110 Results May Vary
"Red Light-Green Light" [71]
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
"Behind Blue Eyes"71181143255518
"Build a Bridge" [74] 2004
"Almost Over"3337
"Bittersweet Home"200543444596 Greatest Hitz
"Shotgun" [75] 201134 Gold Cobra
"Gold Cobra" [76]
"Ready to Go" [77]
(featuring Lil Wayne)
201341Stampede of the Disco Elephants
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"All in the Family" [80]
(Korn featuring Fred Durst)
1998 Follow the Leader
(Soulfly featuring Fred Durst and DJ Lethal)
888 Soulfly
"Get Naked"
(Methods of Mayhem feat. Fred Durst, Lil' Kim, Mixmaster Mike, and George Clinton)
1999 Methods of Mayhem
"Them Girls"
(Run-D.M.C. feat. Fred Durst)
2001 Crown Royal
(Rock feat. Fred Durst)
2004 Veteranz Day – The Best of Rock Volume 2
"Here We Are (Champions)"
(Kevin Rudolf featuring Limp Bizkit, Birdman and Lil Wayne)
2012 Rich Gang (album)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


List of films and TV shows appeared in
2001 Zoolander Himself
2003 Pauly Shore is Dead Himself
2005 Revelations OgdenTV miniseries
2005 Sorry, Haters Evan Jealous
2006 Population 436 Deputy Bobby Caine
2008 House M.D. BartenderEpisode: "House's Head"
Episode: "Wilson's Heart"
2009 Play Dead Ledge
2018 Mostly 4 Millennials DJ DurstRecurring character
List of films and commercials directed
The Education of Charlie Banks 2007
The Longshots 2008
EHarmony [81] 2014
The Fanatic [82] 2019

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<i>Icon</i> (Limp Bizkit album) 2011 compilation album by Limp Bizkit

Icon is the third compilation album by American rap rock band Limp Bizkit. Released in 2011, it is a retrospective compiling material from the band's albums Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, Significant Other, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, Results May Vary and The Unquestionable Truth .

Stampede of the Disco Elephants is the unreleased sixth studio album by American rap rock band Limp Bizkit. It is set to be Limp Bizkit's first album to be released since DJ Lethal's departure in May 2012. After the original line-up reunited in 2009, Gold Cobra was released in 2011. The band left Interscope and signed up with Cash Money Records in February 2012. The first single "Lightz " was released on October 26, 2012. After many delays, the second single for the album, "Ready to Go", featuring label mate Lil Wayne was released on April 16, 2013. It is the first album since The Unquestionable Truth to be produced by Ross Robinson.


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