Limp Bizkit revealed plans to release "Ready to Go" in 2012 after they signed with Cash Money Records in February 24, with Fred Durst stating, "It sounds like a monster; it literally sounds dangerous. It sounds like that left of center, that place of discomfort that created rock 'n' roll, created the (heavy) metal, where it all spawned from."
Although being Limp Bizkit's first official single for Cash Money, another song called "Lightz (City of Angels)" was leaked to the masses in October 2012 via YouTube.
The music video was released on July 22, 2013, and was directed by Fred Durst. Contrary to early reports that the music video was being filmed for the "Urban Assault" version of the song, the video features the single's original track.
The music video...takes fans behind the scenes of all things Limp Bizkit. The scenes change from shots of the band formulating set lists to guitarist Wes Borland’s unique preparation for the stage. It’s all intertwined with live concert clips of Limp Bizkit performing before thousands of fans.
According to Billboard.com,"In some ways, 'Ready To Go' is the type of song Limp Bizkit fans have been waiting on for over a decade, as a return to the chest-thumping shout-rap and heavy curtains of guitar. Before its bizarrely lengthy outro, the single lets frontman Fred Durst and Lil Wayne get their macho on". It has also been described as "gnarled nu-metal with all the poise of a rhinoceros in a tutu".
Durst's lyrics describe his view of the rock scene as it exists today, and also takes digs at female celebrities Lady Gaga, Britney Spears (with whom Durst was rumoured to be in a relationship) and Jessica Biel. Lil Wayne's contribution begins after approximately 2 minutes and ends with him singing the chorus with Durst. An instrumental "outro" track concludes the song.
It was revealed through the band's Facebook page that a music video for the "urban assault" version of "Ready to Go" is under production. However, the music video ended up using the original version of the song.
"Ready to Go" has been met with positive reviews since its release. Spencer Kaufman of Loudwire praised Wes Borland's guitar playing and wrote,"The scorching track features blistering guitar work from Wes Borland".