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Kid Rock

One of the unlikeliest success stories in rock at the turn of the millennium, Detroit rap-rocker Kid Rock shot to superstardom with his fourth full-length album, 1998's Devil Without a Cause. What made it so shocking was that Rock had recorded his first demo a full decade before, been booted off major label Jive following his Beastie Boys-ish 1990 debut, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, and toiled for most of the decade in obscurity, releasing albums to a small, devoted, mostly local fan base while earning his fair share of ridicule around his home state. Nevertheless, Rock persevered, and by the time rap-metal had begun to attract a substantial audience, he had perfected the outlandish, over the top white-trash persona that gave Devil Without a Cause such a distinctive personality and made it such an infectious party record.

Bob "Kid Rock" Ritchie (born Robert James Ritchie, January 17, 1971) grew up in Romeo, Michigan, a small rural town north of the Detroit metro area. Finding small-town life stiflingly dull, Ritchie immersed himself in rap music, learned to breakdance, and began making the talent-show rounds in Detroit. Inspired by the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill -- white performers fusing rap and hard guitar rock -- Kid Rock recorded his first demos in 1988, and eventually scored an opening slot at a Boogie Down Productions gig. That performance, in turn, led to a contract with Jive Records, which issued Kid Rock's debut album, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, in 1990. Produced by Kid Rock, Too Short, and D-Nice, the album was heavily derivative of Licensed to Ill. Rock briefly became notorious when a New York college radio station aired the album's profanity-laced ode to oral sex, "Yodelin' in the Valley," and was fined over $20,000 (a judgment later rescinded). However, despite a tour with Too Short and Ice Cube, Jive didn't see much of a future for Kid Rock and dropped him from their roster.

Moving to Brooklyn, Rock hooked up with the small Continuum label, and moved his brand of rap further into hard rock with The Polyfuze Method, released in 1993. Reviews were mixed, with some critics praising the record's humor and eclecticism while others dismissed it as awkward and forced. The EP Fire It Up followed in 1994, appearing on Rock's own Top Dog imprint (which was still distributed by Continuum). Rock eventually returned to the Detroit area and began work on another album; recorded on a shoestring budget: Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp was released in 1996. Although sometimes forced to sell bootleg dubs of his own records to pay the rent, Rock set about forming a full-fledged backing band, which he dubbed Twisted Brown Trucker. While its membership fluctuated early on, rapper Joe C. (born Joseph Calleja) was one of the first to join; a longtime fan and frequent concert attendee, Calleja caught Rock's eye in 1994, partly because of his diminutive stature (due to a digestive condition known as celiac disease, which required both dialysis and extensive medication) and partly because of his encyclopedic knowledge of Rock's song lyrics. The rest of the lineup settled around mostly Detroit-area musicians: guitarists Kenny Olson and Jason Krause, keyboardist Jimmy Bones (born Jimmy Trombly, he handles the basslines himself), drummer Stefanie Eulinberg, DJ/turntablist Uncle Kracker (born Matt Shafer, who had been with Rock since the early '90s), and backing vocalists Misty Love and Shirley Hayden.

As rap-metal acts like Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Rage Against the Machine began to dominate the hard rock landscape, Atlantic Records decided to take a chance on signing Rock. Devil Without a Cause didn't do much upon its initial release in August 1998, but a big promotional push from the label and MTV helped make the album's second single and video, "Bawitdaba," a nationwide smash. The follow-up, "Cowboy," achieved similar success, and suddenly, after a decade of trying, Kid Rock was a superstar with a Top Five, seven-times-platinum album and a gig at Woodstock 1999. While pondering how to follow up Devil, Rock acquired the rights to his indie label recordings and remixed or re-recorded the best material for The History of Rock, which was released in the summer of 2000 and featured some new songs as well. Sadly, after being forced to take a break from touring a year earlier by his medical difficulties, Joe C. passed away in his sleep on November 16, 2000.

Even with a tragedy like this in his life, Rock continued work on his follow-up to Devil Without a Cause. The media focused more on his relationship with actress Pamela Anderson than his musical career, which many magazines were beginning to ridicule. His DJ, Uncle Kracker, had a successful solo career during the spring and summer of 2001, leaving Rock without one of his most frequent collaborators. Still, by the winter of that year he had completed work on Cocky and had released "Forever" to success on rock radio. In fall 2003, Kid Rock returned with a self-titled effort. A cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" marked the first single. The cover art to his 2006 live album, Live Trucker, paid tribute to Bob Seger's Live Bullet. Just a year later, the studio record Rock N Roll Jesus came out, landing at number one and selling 172,000 copies in its first week. Born Free, produced by Rick Rubin and featuring guest appearances by Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger, James Hetfield, and T.I., arrived in 2010. Born Free debuted at number five on the Billboard charts but it didn't generate any hit singles; the title track peaked at 31 on the Rock Songs chart and "Collide," featuring Crow and Seger, didn't fare much better on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts. Rock toured in 2011, then set about recording his next album, Rebel Soul, which appeared late in 2012. Entering the Billboard charts at number five, Rebel Soul eventually went gold but spawned no big hits. In 2013, Rock inaugurated his "Best Night Ever" tour, where he capped all ticket prices at $20.00. He moved over to Warner Records in 2014 and started work on his next album, the self-produced First Kiss, which saw release in February 2015. ~ Steve Huey
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: First Kiss

1. First Kiss

2. Good Times, Cheap Wine

3. Johnny Cash

4. Ain't Enough Whiskey

5. Drinking Beer With Dad

6. Good Time Lookin' For Me

7. Best Of Me

8. One More Song

9. Jesus And Bocephus

10. Foad

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Track List: Rebel Soul

1. Chickens In The Pen

2. Let's Ride

3. Catt Boogie

4. Detroit, Michigan

5. Rebel Soul

6. God Save Rock N Roll

7. Happy New Year

8. Celebrate

9. The Mirror

10. Mr. Rock N Roll

11. Cucci Galore

12. Redneck Paradise

13. Cocaine And Gin

14. Midnight Ferry

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Track List: Born Free

1. Born Free

2. Slow My Roll

3. Care

4. Purple Sky

5. When It Rains

6. God Bless Saturday

7. Collide

8. Flyin High

9. Times Like These

10. Rock On

11. Rock Bottom Blues

12. For The First Time (In A Long Time)

13. Data_Track

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Track List: Rock 'N' Roll Jesus (Explicit)

1. Rock 'N' Roll Jesus

2. Amen

3. All Summer Long

4. Roll On

5. So Hott

6. Sugar

7. When You Love Someone

8. New Orleans

9. Don't Tell Me You Love Me

10. Blue Jeans And A Rosary

11. Half Your Age

12. Lowlife (Living The Highlife)

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Track List: Live Trucker (Explicit)

1. Son Of Detroit (Live)

2. Bawitdaba (Live)

3. Cowboy Intro (Live)

4. Cowboy (Live)

5. Devil Without A Cause (Live)

6. Somebody's Gotta Feel This / Fist Of Rage (Live)

7. Picture (Live)

8. American Bad A** (Live)

9. Rock N' Roll Pain Train (Live)

10. Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp (Live)

11. Motherf**ker Quite Like Me (Live)

12. Cocky (Live)

13. Only God Knows Why (Live)

14. Outstanding (Live)

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Track List: Kid Rock

1. Rock N' Roll Pain Train

2. Cadalliac P***y (feat. Hank Willimas, Jr.)

3. Feel Like Makin' Love

4. Black Bob

5. Jackson, Mississippi

6. Cold And Empty

7. Intro

8. Rock N' Roll

9. Hillbilly Stomp

10. I Am

11. Son Of Detroit

12. Do It For You

13. Hard Night For Sarah (Live)

14. Run Off To L.A.

15. Single Father

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Track List: Cocky

1. Trucker Anthem

2. Forever

3. Lay It On Me

4. Cocky

5. What I Learned Out On The Road

6. Im Wrong But You Aint Right

7. Lonely Road Of Faith

8. You Never Met A Motherf**ker Quite Like Me

9. Picture

10. Im A Dog

11. Midnight Train To Memphis

12. Baby Come Home

13. Drunk In The Morning

14. WCSR

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Track List: The History Of Rock

1. Intro

2. American Bad A**

3. Prodigal Son

4. Paid

5. Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp

6. Dark & Grey

7. 3 Sheets To The Wind

8. Abortion

9. I Wanna Go Back

10. Ya' Keep On

11. F**k That

12. F**k You Blind

13. Born 2 B A Hick

14. My Oedipus Complex

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Track List: Devil Without A Cause

1. Bawitdaba

2. Cowboy

3. Devil Without A Cause

4. I Am The Bullgod

5. Roving Gangster

6. Wasting Time

7. Welcome 2 The Party (Ode 2 The Old School)

8. Got One For Ya'

9. Somebody's Gotta Feel This

10. Fist Of Rage

11. Only God Knows Why

12. F**k Off

13. Where U At Rock

14. Black Chick, White Guy

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Track List: Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast

1. Yo-Da-Lin-In The Valley

2. Genuine Article

3. Cramp Ya Style

4. New York's Not My Home

5. Super Rhyme Maker

6. With A One-Two

7. Wax The Booty

8. Pimp Of The Nation

9. Abdul Jabar Cut

10. Step In Stride

11. The Upside

12. Style Of X-Pression

13. Trippin' Over A Rock

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Track List: Born Free (Radio Single)

1. Born Free

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Track List: First Kiss (Single)

2. First Kiss

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Track List: In Detroit (Single)

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Track List: Let's Ride (Single)

2. Let's Ride

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Track List: The Studio Albums: 1998 - 2012 (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Bawitdaba

2. Cowboy

3. Devil Without A Cause

4. I Am The Bullgod

6. Wasting Time

7. Welcome 2 The Party (Ode 2 The Old School)

9. Somebody's Gotta Feel This

10. Fist Of Rage

11. Only God Knows Why

13. Where U At Rock

Disc 2

1. Trucker Anthem

2. Forever

3. Lay It On Me

4. Cocky

5. What I Learned Out On The Road

6. I'm Wrong, But You Ain't Right

7. Lonely Road Of Faith

10. I'm A Dog

11. Midnight Train To Memphis

12. Baby Come Home

13. Drunk In The Morning

Disc 3

1. Rock N' Roll Pain Train

3. Feel Like Makin' Love

4. Black Bob

5. Jackson, Mississippi

6. Cold And Empty

8. Rock N' Roll

9. Hillbilly Stomp

10. I Am

11. Son Of Detroit

12. Do It For You

14. Run Off To LA

15. Single Father

Disc 5

1. Born Free

2. Slow My Roll

4. Purple Sky

5. When It Rains

6. God Bless Saturday

9. Times Like These

10. Rock On

11. Rock Bottom Blues

12. For The First Time (In A Long Time)

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❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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born free
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My name is KID!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Hellboy. KID You need to look up A bad a** Banjo player in Nashville Candase Randolph.
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Is it who I think.
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Hi ��������
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Only God knows why..... love that song..By kid Rock..Ausome . .
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Ikr. Cool
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I seen Kid Rock Live Once, & Puddle of Mudd opened up. A great rock show. Wax That Booty, this song kicksass! Kid Rock rocks! Rock on!
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Kid Rock is SEXY as hell!!! And Kid Rock..ROCKS! ! !
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S**t it's a good classic
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All summer long has the f**kin beat!
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he is good
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Dam Straight BORN FREE
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Cowboy baby
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Yah kid rock����
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He loves the he just doesn't know it lol .He is a Genius
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The American Badass
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Stop b**ches
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Who wants balls in yer mouth. Where is the Pollyfuze Me thode. You don't know me is the kids best work ever. I seen him on TRL on Mtv and he played every instrument on stage. Now that's talant
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How many nights beer a bar a jukebox
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Great
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Too old to kid, to soft to rock,Rock!
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I am very old school growing up with Bob Seger and the likes, and it is refreshing to find an artist that can capture that down home rock and roll. Rock on Kid
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Only God knows why...One of my favorites by Kid Rock❤
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If you Read this all effects from chain comments etc are nullified if you ready any comment the effects of chain comments are nullified
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BEACH/WAVES! ! ! !
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Don't get any better then KID ROCK!! THE BEST...
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ROCK IT KIDD!!!
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Born free Kid rock
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Kid rock you to me are the best n I'm from the old school
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I love kid rock he so amazin
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Kid Rock puts on a killer live concert. Highly recommended to see....
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Kid f**king rock
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AMERICAN BADASS, ALL DAY LONG!!
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That ain't no s**t it just comes down hard too
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Kiiiiiiiid rock❤️❤️Bawi t d a b a
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maggiekubovc h i k 5 7 7
who is the female artist on this great song?
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I Love Kid Rock
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I believe he is a musical Genius....ly r i c a l l y good but he brings all music together in a way not many others do today.
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Talented man luv the rock
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Love your music kid. Always reminds me of show low Arizona and being real. Head held high. Prayers ��
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Humble?? Real- I hope but wd have to have a cold one on the patio with him to Really know for sure. Lemme no when ur in kc Kid. Ya can't buy cool, girl from the old school
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I love you kid rock
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naturalgirl7 7 1
when it's crazy and I'm batteries and getting tired and start to lose myself, I pull out my Kid Collection and listen to nothing else but him. After about 3 days, I'm back out to kick butt Kid style. I love this man.His emotion , dedication,p u r e talent that thank GOD he shares wit us is just INCREDIBLE.H e is my "go to." love ya Bobby!
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Lol
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I smoke the medical and they should give you a wheelchair to go with a little toke goes a looooong way
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Kid Rock has some amazing music. I absolutely love his style & every song. His music is right where I'm at. Couldn't do it with out him. Bless that white boy.
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