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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the album's profanity-laced ode to oral sex, "Yodelin' in the Valley," and was fined over $20,000 (a judgment later rescinded).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 '99. 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. Kid Rock toured in 2011, then set about recording his next album, Rebel Soul, which appeared late in 2012. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Comments

Say iPhone 5x then repay 5 x and look under ur pillow
His Rip off of Sweet Home Alabam/Werew o l v e s is the stupidest song I've heard in a LONG TIME!!! indicative of todays music. Borrow someone elses riff and add your won lyrics because you're not really an artist, just someone looking to cash in...
Rock on rock
Love this song kid Rock badass used to look like him a little but cut my hair
Kid Rock Rocks! One of my favoritr songs!
mulisha4life
3 Foot 9 with a 10 Foot Dick!!!! Joe Ceeeeee RIP...
Forever rock:)

If Cherl Crow has a sister I met her in LA last year!! Buckarooo bar!!!!!
Beautiful Man!! You never seen a White boy Quite like ME!!!!!!
God bless American bad a**
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I put your pitcher away too day!!!;(((
I love the song cowboy!
♥♥♥
This reminds me of my best friend..we were 17...drinkin g smoking and smiling...he WAS TAKEN WAY TOO SOON..Thank You Kid....this makes me remember...a n d SMILE:)
I no right im the same way Im in love with a
Ps- I'm being sarcastic
i did not know this was an 80's hit
Robert James Ritchie
kdenning35
Yuome
Glory years
My name is kid Rick
Great song it's one of my favorites
I love Kid Rock!!!!!!"
Amazing Song
All Summer Long :-)
I love kid rock you are emazing
I love Kid Rock! I grew up with his music and I could ask for a greater childhood
man ou never seen a white boy like me!!
KID, i worked the Rebellion this past weekend, wish i could have been there…next year, i asked off, put a full year notice in…..kid your songs are me and your songs also say who you are…get home safe! after Rebellion in the Carolinas!
Reminds me of my mom and dad:+
you like kid rock, you will love my band Boner Etiquettes
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday however if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading don't stop this is scary put this on five songs in 143 min when done press f6 and lovers name Will pop up on screen

Thing freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out if you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
Let's go kid rock! romeo high school is proud. Gotta love my hometown
1.put your hand over your mouth
2.make a wish
3.make a fist and put it over your heart for 5 seconds
4.post this on 5 different songs
5.tomorrow will be the best day of your life
Awesome !!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Pretty good cover of werewolves of London/sweet home Alabama
1. Put your hand over your mouth
2. Make a wish
3. Make a fist and put it over your heart for 5 seconds
4. Post this on 3 different songs
5. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life
pmlgrr
Am I the only one who thinks the beginning of the song sounds like Warren Zevon's Werewolf of London.....
jamiemosley4 4
I love Kid Rock! !! Real men are hard to find!!
so sweet
jennicacroma r t y
Don't read this because it actually walks .you will be kissed by the love of you life tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you started reading this don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press f16and and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
jennicacroma r t y
Please don't read please don't read your parents will die in the next 5 years to break the spell repost this on 5 other songs so so sorry
christine.n7 7 7
I put your picture away!!! I love this song always reminded me of a long lost friend. I waited for him to long!!!
Yep yep yep!!!!($$$$ $ $ $ $ $ $ ! $
God bless Saturday !!!!
great writer and singer
Impressive how relevant he has remained all these years. Very versatile dude that many thought would be a flash in the pan when he first came on the scene.
bgs3krazykid d o s
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
When was in Detroit made?
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