If point of impact of the early-'90s grunge explosion can be traced to Nirvana's Nevermind, the full commercial arrival of rap-metal can be pinpointed to August 1998 — the month Korn's aptly titled third album, Follow the Leader, debuted at Number One. Rage Against the Machine had reached that landmark two years earlier, but Follow the Leader opened the floodgates; subsequent releases by Korn and fellow rock rappers Limp Bizkit (and to a lesser extent Papa Roach) would all either bow at Number One or entrench themselves in the Top 10 for weeks and months on end well into the turn of the 21st century.

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