In an NME interview with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Fort Minor, the vocalist reveals his dislike for the nu-metal tag that has followed the band around for the past 15 years.
Said Shinoda in the interview,
“At the same time, as big as the band got, we always felt we had something to prove. Even now, that whole nu-metal tag is still there,” he explains. “We never held the flag for nu-metal – it was associated with frat rock. Arrogant, misogynistic, and full of testosterone; we were reacting against that. It breeds an outsiders’ feeling once it’s come and gone and people make jokes about. I fucking make jokes about it! What people don’t realise is I feel the same way.”
Linkin Park’s latest album, The Hunting Party, debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts last year, their first studio album since their 2000 Hybrid Theory that didn’t debut at the top spot. They parted ways with The Collective management group a few months later, and are now a self-managed band.