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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the album's profanity-laced ode to oral sex, "Yodelin' in the Valley," and was fined over $20,000 (a judgment later rescinded).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
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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: 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 (What's My Name)

8. Abortion

9. I Wanna Go Back

10. Ya' Keep On

11. F**k That

12. Born 2 B A Hick

13. 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

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

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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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hi mmmmmm
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I want wish all the girl's Happy Valentine's Day On Sunday Febuary . 14, 2016.
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My Name Is Kid Rock What He Said .
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awesome keep it up kid

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This track reminds me of the times I've been to his shows!
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Would love to party with kid rock!! I think he is the coolest!!!!!
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This is the kidrock i like not this new bull s**t
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i take to many pills,it helps to ease the pain........
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Lovin your songs & you
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, you have never met a mother f**ker quite like me.....,,,,, , , ,
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I am a American Bad A** ❤����
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Good music n hot
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Love Kid Rocks music.
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Hi boys good song
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First time going through some albums;) you guys were good then And GREAT NOW, Thank you for sharing/ride r s : )
How does a woman/ Karen♡♡♡ get some lovin from your friend Malon ,)) Xoxo baby♡♡
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never met a motherfuckte r quite like me....
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Nickelback is like Kid Rock?
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Hi girls good song
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Good Song Yo
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Yo yo
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Yo Kid Rock is on Country Radio Man Yo
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Kid Rock is so humble hot & sexy as can rock me anytime !!!
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God I love kid rock, sexiest man,on planet earth,he's a walking, rocking orgasm. !
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LOVE KID ROCK
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What more is three-day,I adotrveveryt h i n g b a b o u t b k i d rock.!������
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Kid rock is the worst artist I have heard in my entire life
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God I love this song.!
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Roll on
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Today the day
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Had to " slow my roll " dang it lol
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Love your song All Summer Long and all of your music
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HOMETOWN HERO!!!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday 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've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 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!
Don't read this because it actually works
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The first time I heard kid Rock I was 15 yrs old. (Back in 94) a lil track called. "Early morning stoned pimp". I've not heard a more evolved artist since. My absolute favorite everything from cowboy to first kiss and everything in between.
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hmm names spelled wrong like mine ha ha
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"Bawitdaba" <~~~tha chit!!!!
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Handsome great voice
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Great song dude
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great love song (picture)
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great
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Awesome
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I love you Kid Rock!!! My favorite song is Only God knows why!!! #awesome
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Summer's in northern Michigan. Go Blue!!!'nnn
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Drunk in the morning
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drunk in the morning!
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i miss him singing with lil c he was a badass so sad he passed from cancer
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Your awsome love your music
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Bad a** concerts he puts on!
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