Why Jacoby Shaddix Hates Papa Roach Being Compared with Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit

Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach recently had a chat during a pre-show conference at Hellfest.

The band is slowly changing their ‘nu-metal sound’ and throughout the years, they have been compared to many other nu-metal bands, such as Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. About the changes, he told the press:

“It was necessary. It’s always about evolution. And for a while I really despised the title of nu metal because everybody was trying to compare us to Limp Bizkit or compare us to Linkin Park, and we were, like, ‘No, we’re our own thing.’ And we’ve proved that we are our own thing, throughout the years.”

After being looked down on, the band’s decision to go for a change, apparently, paid off. He explained:

“And now, as we look back, as older men, I look back proud on being part of that movement. It’s just dope that it’s finally kind of getting some respect in pop culture. I think that in the time, people just kind of looked down upon the genre. And now, as the years have gone on, there’s some respect upon it, which is… it’s dope.”

Reportedly, the frontman initially couldn’t stand nu-metal and he hated to be compared to other people. In an earlier interview, he made it clear. He told:

“I hated it, I couldn’t stand it. Everyone was trying to compare me to Fred Durst and I was like, ‘I am so much more f*cking punk rock than this dude. He’s on the hip-hop side.’ No disrespect to Fred. I think he’s f*cking great at what he does, and I dig him.”

In the same interview, he added that he started to appreciate it more:

“It was a new interpretation of what metal music could be and we were pulling inspiration from all over the place. Ministry were an influence, Faith No More were an influence. They were like the OGs of nu-metal. They hate to own it, but they are. Mike Patton, you f*cking motherf*cker, you started it.”

See the conference down below.