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the album's profanity-laced ode to oral sex, "Yodelin' in the Valley," and was fined over $20,000 (a judgment later rescinded).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

8. New Orleans

10. Blue Jeans And A Rosary

11. Half Your Age

12. Lowlife (Living The Highlife)

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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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paigeweis2
I love kid rock its a good band and picture is my favorite
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You've never met a motherf**ker n quite like me!!! Ong! I love you kid rock
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~ People can say what ever they want / Man has earned where he has gotten ! ~ Have a nice day
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Kids are so cute
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Fuk off kid rock
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Who likes to party
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Who remembers the good a person does ONLY God
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He rocks
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s.cafasso2
White lives matter!!!!!
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Meta law rock right? what. what!
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Kid Rock rocks
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Has anybody else heard the version of this by THE ALL PLAYERS BAND? JUST WANTED TO KNOW CUZ ITS EXACTLY LIKE THIS SO MAYNE BEFORE HE GOT BIG HE HAD A DIFFERENT BAND?
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I'm straight out a trailer
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Cant wait til he comes back to Alabama...Se e n him like four times already...Re m e m b e r rolling on X all night riding around blasting Bull God, Cowboy,& Only God....GREAT TIMES A LONG TIME AGO..
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Chris Kimber & tony finger & diana yinger Travis morval, Jason shater
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wcmurrell
I first saw the Kid in 1990 when a friend of mine dragged me to a rap concert with Ice Cube and Two $hort which he opened for. I remember thinking "what's this white boy doing rapping?" Then I listened and was impressed.

I'm a white guy that dabbled in promoting back in the day.

The next time I saw him was in 1998 when it was HIS show.. I said it in 1990 and I'll still say it now "Damn that kid can rock"!
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I love you �� ������
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We're on borrowed time! I'm the same age as kid rock. Keep partying like a rockstar. Live it love it and sing your a** off!!!
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Love this song, remind me of a guy I went out with hit it off very much, then we went to the drive-in and it didn't go so well never seen him again, I wonder how he's doing now����
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Yep......... . . . .
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Collide awesome
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Best song ever like sweet home Alabama
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I love this song
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Need some help $$$$$
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So let's pour another tall one.
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I just realized that the werewolf in london has the same backround music as this song...0.o
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Hello sweets. Blue eyes your voice is a balm to the rawness I'm feelin. Smiles. Tyrant.
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This song makes me cry,,(
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Rollin a fleetwood thats how i mac! Spent a couple of nights in this smokey room eatin shrooms drinkin boones hopin to get.... One of these motha f**kin songs to hit
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Kid you got to come to Nawlins jazz fest seafood cold beer good weed queenofnawli n s . 5045986189
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Only god know why why only God knows why
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U never met a mother f**ker quite like me
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"I WAS OFF TO DRINK U AWAY"
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Haven t heard it yet bet it's awesome
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It ain't braggin mother f**ker if ya back it up
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Awesome show at the Houston Rodeo!
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hurlbert.cra i g
His backup singers sound like a bunch of sick dogs.
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You just keep on killing It with great music ♡♡,)
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fultzian9
Born free purple sky
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fultzian9
I feel the same
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by true love of ur life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if u read and ignore it u will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When u t done press the space bar and ur crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen . This is so creepy
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~ As the songs describe ! ( You never met a Mother F**ker like Me ! ) ~ And Just Saying doesn't cover it some times ! ! ~ Have a Nice Day ~ LH&K's ~ J.L.
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Love reading about the struggle. Now days all you have to do is f*rt to the beat of a drum on youtube and bam...supers t a r .
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Good song
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Move the sofa
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Love kid
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Mm the kid rocks totally
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Yummy
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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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