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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the album's profanity-laced ode to oral sex, "Yodelin' in the Valley," and was fined over $20,000 (a judgment later rescinded).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, Rovi
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Love ya!
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What an artist he is the BEST!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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This cat can sing anything !!! I've been listening to his music from the start & still crank it up every time. KID ROCK & ROLL !!!
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Kid is the best
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KID ROCK YOURE THE BEST
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Joint me at the
'MILE HIGH SMOKE OUT IN DENVER, CO'
IT'S LEGAL...LETS GT STONED
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Kid rock is a musical mastermind I don't understand how anyone wouldn't like kid rock?i songs are About life
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God he sucks. Just sucks. Nice enough guy I suppose, but ugh.
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Kid rock is one of the most talented artists of all time! !! Best concert ever been to. Plus he's pretty sexy! !!
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Hey ya if you want to talk to mee duel 6015690615
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Kidd rock is a true american icon who doesn't forget where he came from or his fans while making some of the best southern rock and roll!
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Love this song
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LUV THIS GUY!!!!!!
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Hell ya!!
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artiestephan i e z o l l m a n
My dad love your song's
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Awesome song
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Fri by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life. However if you don't post this on 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that your reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 min. and when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so scary because it actually work
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Kid rock is so f**king awesome.
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True sh**
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I love you Kid, I can't wait to see you in September for my birthday! Blow me a kiss from the stage! hahaha
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Kid Rock is one talented performer... . . b o u n c i n g easily between genre's, playing guitar, drums, and piano....sin g i n g , rapping, producing... . . h e does it all.

Been a fan for a long time and will keep being a fan for as long as I'm around.

Keep rockin' Kid.
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Cocky: FORK ME???....NO. . . . FORK YOU....LOLL! ! HE'S TALKING ABOUT WOMEN FROM THE MIDWEST. COOOL. :-) OMG. THIS THING IS FUNNY.
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I personally think Bobbie/Kid Rock is a Class Act and SIMPLY TheeRealDeal . I initiated My 'Station'" with A Song from Thee 2006 Album in 2006 and That was when I was going thru Cancer~Stage 4B weird BS I was diagnosed with 3~3~2010...L e t ' s just say, I was Looking Death ihe Eye and zya kinda See things DIFFERNTLY when you're going down that Twisted Road w Lots of Prayers, and the Music gave Me Peace. Rock~ON, 'Rox'" & God Bless...Thee D o c / J B
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They said I'm cocky I say it ain't braggin if I back it up
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I LOVE KID ROCKS MUSIC IT MAKES ME WILL RELAXED
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Never realy like the kid but what I hear now he be allrite
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Don't read this because ir actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of the life. However if you don post this you will I'm injured (you wont die) now you started reading this so don't stop. two days. on at least 5 other songs 143minuets when your done press f6 and your lover's name will apear on the screen.
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YEA YA
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Kid rock is the best
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Kid Rock is totally awesome
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The ballad of Curtis Lowe
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Cause I'm a Cowboy, baby!!!!!!!!
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I love his music but keeping it real I just want to f**k him I never unferstood the groupie thing but I would stand in a long line todojhimswra r o n e v e r y t h i n g i l o v r
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Love him!
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Wow in the beginning I didn't like kid rock. But now I think he's awesome
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Bad a** !!!!!
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this guy is great! rock, rap, country love this guy
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I LOVE THEM THEY'RE AWESOME
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Great i mean
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He is a grest singer
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Haha sexy
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he's fukn' sexy as hell ;)
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A great performer, which has a lot of followers, keep Rocking Kid
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Dayton 2015 at race. Sweet
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I like your music
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Stay Kool Bob and keep it ROCK'IN
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Love this song ♡
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Kid Rock rolls. Just like Johnny Cash and grand master flash!
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