In an interview with Metal Hammer, Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda talked about the time the band released their iconic album ‘Hybrid Theory‘ and clarified how it managed to break down boundaries between music styles.

As you might remember, Linkin Park released their legendary debut studio album, ‘Hybrid Theory,’ on October 24, 2000. The four singles from the album, ‘One Step Closer,’ ‘In the End,’ ‘Crawling,’ and ‘Papercut,’ brought mainstream popularity to Linkin Park. In 2002, ‘Crawling’ won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

For the last couple of weeks, the surviving members of Linkin Park have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Hybrid Theory’ on social media. They also released the ‘20th Anniversary Edition Super Deluxe Box Set‘ in honor of the album.

Recently, Mike Shinoda joined an interview with Metal Hammer to talk about their 2000 album ‘Hybrid Theory‘ in honor of its 20th anniversary. During the interview, Mike claimed that their album was actually a gamechanger at the time considering that people were listening to only a certain type of music.

However, according to Shinoda, Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ helped breaking down the boundaries between music styles by combining different sounds within one album.

Here’s what Mike Shinoda suggested about ‘Hybrid Theory’s role in the development of music:

“At the time, if you asked somebody what they were listening to they’d say, ‘Rock.’ ‘I listen to hip-hop.’ ‘I listen to jazz.’ It wasn’t until five years later they’d say, ‘Everything.’

‘Hybrid Theory’ did some of that work. It was part of the progression towards breaking down boundaries between styles of music.”

Furthermore, Mike mentioned that rock and metal music seemed too white to him at the time until the emergence of nu-metal, particularly with the efforts of Korn and continued:

“I listened to 90% rap music, then I’d look at a lot of rock bands and I’d be like, ‘There’s something too white…’ That was one of the things that turned me off, especially hair metal.

Hair metal felt like very white music and I was growing up in a very diverse city so I didn’t gravitate to it. That didn’t resonate with me.

And it wasn’t just about race. I don’t mean the color of skin. I just mean the culture of it. When nu-metal started at the very beginning, it was a very diverse place.

There was a moment when that term, nu-metal, and what it meant, was actually pretty cool. It’s almost impossible to imagine! I remember when Korn first came out and when Deftones’ first couple of albums came out, and whatever you think about a group like Limp Bizkit, their first album was really raw.”

Click here to read the entire interview.