Limp Bizkit-Lil Wayne SingleHas ‘Hip-Hop-Rock Swagger,’says Birdman


A new collaboration between
Limp Bizkit ** and Lil Wayne ** is
coming: the single is titled
“Ready To Go,” and will be
released online next week. And
Cash Money founder and co-CEO
Bryan “Birdman” Williams, whose
label signed Limp Bizkit last
week, tells Billboard.com that the
single will be the perfect
introduction to the unexpected
Bizkit/YMCMB union.
“It’ll be a great way to let the
world know that [the band] is a
part of us,” says Williams. The
Cash Money head says that Bizkit
frontman Fred Durst joined Lil
Wayne in Miami the week after
the Grammy Awards to bang out
the one-off single. “It’s rock, but
it’s hip-hop-rock,” says Birdman.
“I think we got that hip-hop-rock
swagger.”
Limp Bizkit’s deal with Cash
Money raised some eyebrows
when it was officially
announced late last week — after
all, the label’s foundation is still
forward-thinking mainstream
rap, with artists like Lil Wayne,
Drake ** and Nicki Minaj **
leading the way, while Bizkit is
best known for early 00s rap-
metal anthems like “Nookie” and
“Rollin’.” But Williams says that
the signing makes sense for a
brand that wants to expand into
pop, gospel, and even country
music.
“If we find some great talent,
we’re gonna embrace it,” says
Williams. “Limp Bizkit, to me, is
just a perfect match for us… It
was something that [Durst] was
interested in doing, and I was
already a fan, and I was like,
‘Let’s do it.’ It’s good for the
brand, it will bring a different
look for us, and we’re definitely
trying to expand on that side of
music.”
Limp Bizkit is currently touring
Australia in support of its 2011
studio album, “Gold Cobra,” in
which the group reunited with
guitarist Wes Borland and has
sold 69,000 copies, according to
Nielsen SoundScan.

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