Chester Bennington is kind of a genius. Maybe you don't agree, but back in 1999, when Linkin Park emerged on the scene, you put your hat on backward and jammed to this nu-metal rap shit. The California-based band's rap-rock tunes were part of your real emotional life.
Hybrid Theory landed this band on the map with hits like "One Step Closer," "Crawling," and "In the End," which blew up car radios around the country and became the anthem of every angry teenager in the U.S. The combination of rock, courtesy of Bennington's vocals, and rap, by Mike Shonda, to the music of Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Phoenix, and Joe Hahn offered a blend of genres that caught fire and brought the band tons of fans, mainstream success, and a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.More »