Review: Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$

Prior to nu-metal breaking into the mainstream in 1998, Limp Bizkit released their debut album Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$ in 1997. The album heralding in the what would become Limp Bizkit’s trademark mixture of angst-inducing hip-hop, rap, and heavy metal.

Rap and heavy metal had lived somewhat amusing if uncomfortable tandem. Anthrax’s I’m The Man was as ingenious as it is stupid. The Beastie Boys produced the infamous piss-take metal anthem (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) as a joke, which famously backfired introducing the band to the legions of metalheads still around come the turn of 1990s. Korn had touch more on the hip-hop rhythm by this point but came off being more heavy metal than anything else; albeit a rather peculiar sounding one.

Limp Bizkit took a pre-Mike Patton Faith No More and brought a far more aggressive overtone to the style. Vocalist Fred Durst is no half measures singer (no shit), one moment fully endorsing a rap groove and then throwing himself into a hoarse guttural metal scream. Two case-in-point examples can be found in Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$ two strongest efforts in Stuck and Counterfeit. The latter being the result of a beef Limp Bizkit had with local bands who mimic their style.

Other brief highlights include Nobody Loves Me with the overall style of the song making the answer somewhat self-explanatory. A cover of George Michael’s Faith is an eyebrow raising inclusion to say the least but brings some much needed sense – by the loosest definition of the term – to the Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$. As a whole though, Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$ falls apart by being a truly laborious listen even at around the one hour mark. Definitely one of those albums which is interesting in its constituent parts but is lost and unorganised as a complete body of work.

Future indiscretions and a certain level of infamy matched with volatile personalities would rob Limp Bizkit of any credibility. However this primordial Limp Bizkit illustrated a band which in terms of all nu-metal’s craze, actually carved something compelling of the attempt. Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$ would become redundant to Limp Bizkit’s aforementioned future infamy and the fact the following year saw the arrival of Kid Rock’s monstrous Devil Without A Cause.

Rating : 5 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Intro
  2. Pollution
  3. Counterfeit
  4. Stuck
  5. Nobody Loves Me
  6. Sour
  7. Stalemate
  8. Clunk
  9. Faith
  10. Stink Finger
  11. Indigo Flow
  12. Leech
  13. Everything