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Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has become Ryan Gosling’s problematic La La Land character, and is hosting a jazz night in Los Angeles, LA Weekly reports. Held at a Hollywood bar Black Rabbit Rose, the event, called “Fred’z With a Z,” features young jazz upstarts with a little magic. Yes, magic.
Talk about unintended consequences.
“I felt like a target, you know. Like someone’s gonna see this and think, “Oh, Fred Durst’s doing a jazz night? What’s this, lounge versions of ‘Nookie’?” I just don’t know how people perceive it,” Durst told LA Weekly.
Come on, Fred. You know what it is. You’ve spent like 20 years convincing people of your rapper authenticity. What’s taking it a step further, and mutilating America’s great musical invention, with “Nookie” in an organ trio rendition?
To his credit, Durst seems earnest in his jazz fandom, while name-checking some quality new acts, and boilerplate entities, such as Miles Davis and Charles Mingus:
“I’m just really impressed with the new generations… [T]hey’ve had an emotional reaction and connection to jazz at such young ages. It just blows my mind. It’s fascinating. So after traveling around for a while to different spots, I thought, ‘I’d like to have my own night.’ Maybe if I put together the right collective of young cats and [they] wanna do something kind of sexy and cool. And then the whole La La Land thing… I thought the timing was unbelievable and serendipitous,” he added.
Fred Durst's creole jazz rock band is filed under Neaüx Metal.— Jim (@Jimpetuous) November 4, 2015
It’s completely believable, and right on schedule.
Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.