Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water is the third album by Limp Bizkit, released on October 15, 2000 through Interscope Records. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 1.05 million copies in its first week, and was the 18th best-selling album of the 2000s in the US.
According to the RIAA website, the album has sold over 6 million copies in the United States alone as of 2008 and an overall 12 million worldwide. It features the singles "My Generation", "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)", "Take A Look Around", "Boiler", and "My Way".The first part of the title is a scatological reference to the appearance of the human anus (Chocolate Starfish). However, Hot Dog Flavored Water is an inside joke started by Wes Borland at a truckstop while the band was on tour, where Borland saw bottles of Crystal Geyser flavored water, and made a joke about having meat or hot dog flavors.
Durst himself refers to the album name in both "Livin' It Up", where he declares that "The chocolate starfish is my man Fred Durst," (Wes Borland has stated in an interview when questioned on the naming of the album that "Fred calls himself Chocolate Starfish, because people call him an asshole all the time") and "Hot Dog", where he tells his detractors to "Kiss my starfish, my chocolate starfish."
The album features several high-profile guests, including Xzibit on "Getcha Groove On", Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland on "Hold On", and Redman, DMX and Method Man, including production by Swizz Beats on "Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle)", which is a remix of "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)". Actor Ben Stiller appears in the hidden track of "Outro".
The song "Hot Dog" is notorious for featuring the word "fuck" 48 times. Durst makes a reference to the number of "fucks" in the song: "If I say 'fuck' two more times, that's 46 'fucks' in this fucked up rhyme." The chorus parodies the Nine Inch Nails songs "Closer", "The Perfect Drug" and "Burn". Durst said he was a big fan of Nine Inch Nails, who inspired his music, although Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor had made negative remarks about Durst during that period. Reviewers have often interpreted Durst's lyrics in "Hot Dog" as an insult to Reznor.
"Livin' It Up" samples "Life in the Fast Lane" by the American rock band The Eagles.
The video for "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" was directed by Fred Durst at the World Trade Center in late 2000. The video won the award for best rock video at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
Reception was mixed, ranging from extremely low scores to high marks. .