Kid Rock
American singer
Kid Rock
Robert James "Bob" Ritchie, known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American musician, rapper, and singer-songwriter. He is popularly known for his first commercial success, the 1998 studio album Devil Without a Cause, which sold 13 million albums worldwide. He is a five time Grammy Award nominee and has sold 23 million albums in the U.S. and 27 million worldwide.
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Sen. Nugent? Motor City Madman mulls 2018 Senate run
Fox News - 5 days
Should Kid Rock decide to run for Senate in 2018 he may have some stiff competition.
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A Tea Partier Wants Kid Rock To Run For Senate Because Trump Won
Huffington Post - 7 days
This is for the questions that don’t have any answers. Kid Rock, the singer-songwriter behind such American classics as “Redneck Paradise” and “Cucci Galore,” has apparently had his hat thrown in the ring as a potential Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Yes, that U.S. Senate.  At the Michigan Republican Party state convention over the weekend, a Tea Party activist named Wes Nakagiri, who is now a member of the party’s central committee, suggested Kid Rock as someone who might be able to successfully run against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in 2018, RollCall reports.  Nakagiri believes Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, could follow the Donald Trump “template” all the way to victory. “I’ll bet you he would generate as much excitement as Trump did,” he told the Detroit Free Press. Trump, who is now leader of the free world, used to host NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Nakagiri additionally believes Kid Rock, who once famously argued he was an American bada ...
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The 19 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week
Huffington Post - 26 days
The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.        Cool things about being an adult - eat chips whenever u want - no bedtime - tired all the time - sad all the time - wait a sec — Dee (@figgled) January 21, 2017 Start each day with a positive thought like, "I can go back to bed in 16 or 17 short hours." — Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) January 23, 2017 When the Williams sisters play each other how do we decide who to root for though? Black Girl Magic already won, so what now? — Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) January 27, 2017 I'm replacing my earthquake kit with a backpack full of Xanax, vodka and puppies and calling it the Trump kit. — Kendra Alvey (@Kendragard ...
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Reaction mixed to Kid Rock concerts at new arena - The Detroit News
Google News - about 1 month
The Detroit News Reaction mixed to Kid Rock concerts at new arena The Detroit News Kid Rock, right, stands with Ilitch Holdings President and CEO Chris Ilitch, center, Olympia Entertainment President and CEO Tom Wilson and others during the news conference Thursday inside Little Caesars Arena. (Photo: Todd McInturf / The Detroit ... Kid Rock Could Be The "Billy Joel At MSG" Of Little Caesars ArenaStereogum Kid Rock will be first performer at Little Caesars ArenaDetroit Free Press Kid Rock to open Little Caesars Arena with 4 shows in SeptemberCrain's Detroit Business mySanAntonio.com -Pollstar all 26 news articles »
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A Song For The President-Elect: Donald J. Twitter
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Some folks spent January 1, 2017 nursing hangovers and watching college football. I spent it writing a song about President-elect Donald J. Trump and his increasingly dangerous Twitter habit. I'm not sure that my song, Donald J. Twitter, will land me a spot on the bill with Ted Nugent and Kid Rock at Trump's upcoming inauguration, but one never knows. DONALD J. TWITTER (M. Farmer) CHORUS Hey, Kellyanne, give me my phone I'm gonna need some time alone You know I always do my best work on the shitter And I don't need Meet the Press or my own Gettysburg Address When I can climb upon my throne And get on Twitter VERSE Let's go to @realdonaldtrump Where my old brain can take a dump And talk about the issues of the day From pathetic SNL to amazing Israel When I'm on the stump Just watch me fire away You know it's anybody's guess As to when some global mess Is gonna overwhelm my short attention span Oh, but I'll be there to tweet; I've gotta give my base red m ...
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The Full Lineup Of Acts For Trump's Inauguration Is Finally Revealed!
Huffington Post - 2 months
Would you believe that after his very positive, love-filled campaign, Donald Trump is reportedly having trouble finding people to perform at his inauguration? But, finally, we have the list of acts, including the top from “Inception,” a very loud washing machine, and a pile of wet money! Looks like Kid Rock and Ted Nugent may not be the best acts there after all! Check out the full lineup below! function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Video by SeriouslyTV. -- This feed and its contents are t ...
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Trump's Inauguration, the Musicians and the Boycott Question
Huffington Post - 2 months
Does it make sense to boycott musicians? There are, after all, many forms of boycotts. When I was young I really enjoyed the music of Phil Collins. I really loved listening to his songs, which were played often on my favorite radio stations. One day, however, my mother declared that we would no longer listen to any Phil Collins music because he was an ardent supporter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and was a virulently anti-Israel. I remember feeling confused as I respected my mother for taking a stand, but I also didn't see the harm in listening to a Genesis song on the radio. It wasn't like I was supporting him by buying his cassette tape (it was the early 1980s) or buying his concert tickets. Nevertheless, for many years thereafter I refrained from listening to Phil Collins music even if such a boycott didn't make sense. These days, there is still a lot of discussion when it comes to boycotting certain musicians. The most common example is Roger Waters of Pink Fl ...
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Friday Talking Points [418] -- President-Shaming Might Just Work
Huffington Post - 2 months
OK, that’s a rather unusual title, but you’ll have to wait until the talking points part of the program for us to address it. Call it “the lesson to be learned from the Carrier jobs and Donald Trump,” or the silver lining that just might be an effective tool for Democrats in the near future. First, though, we’ve got to get through the news of the week and handing out our weekly awards. President-Elect Donald Trump continues to assemble his Cabinet of Deplorables (to coin a phrase), nominating people who are either actively hostile to each department’s basic purpose in life, or laughably unqualified for any such important position. The worst examples from that first category were Trump’s pick to head the E.P.A. (a man who is currently suing the E.P.A.) and his choice of a fast-food executive to head the Labor Department (who not only will fight against minimum wage increases, but also says he likes to see “beautiful women in bikinis eating burgers”). We have to say, when Barack Ob ...
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Mark Burnett Presents: A Donald Trump Inauguration Day
Huffington Post - 2 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. In light of a recent New York Times report on a meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and reality TV baron Mark Burnett, we have taken the liberty of imagining Trump’s Inauguration Day, reality-style.  RYAN SEACREST, over silent montage of Donald Trump campaigning: You’ve seen his name plastered across skyscrapers, white nationalist internet forums and, somehow, ballots in the 2016 election. Now Donald John Trump has been elected your next President of the United States. Some thought it couldn’t happen. DONALD TRUMP, audio clip from Oct. 19 debate: Wrong! SEACREST, facing camera with a strained smile: Let’s watch as history is made. This is … Inauguration Day 2016! But first, let’s take a ride with the future first family as they get ready for the big day. Int. Trump family limousine.  IVANKA, overhea ...
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'Due to overwhelming demand,' Kid Rock introduces Trump-related merchandise
LATimes - 3 months
Today in Entertainment: Beyoncé tops the 2017 Grammy nominations Dec. 6, 2016, 1:48 p.m. Here's what's new and interesting in the world of entertainment and the arts today:2017 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nomineesGrammy nominations: Live updatesBeyonce tops Grammy nominations with nine All...
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5 Bourbon Brands That Saved the U.S. Whiskey Business
Huffington Post - 5 months
In celebration of #BourbonRebirth, I've named the 15 most-important brands (not distilleries) for bringing bourbon back. My criteria for creating this list was who made the biggest impact through sales, quality, marketing, innovation and trendsetting since 1980, a year this beloved spirit was left for dead. Fellow bourbon author Michael R. Veach consulted on this list, but the rankings are my own. These are the top five. Learn who was 15-11 and 10-6. This post originally appeared on FredMinnick.com. 5. Jim Beam The Jim Beam brand fought bourbon's fight when other brand executives had forsaken the spirit for vodka and gin investments. They pumped money into advertising, decanters and unique retail partnerships, such as with military bases, when many others couldn't figure out how to make bourbon work. No brand has done more for bourbon since Prohibition than Jim Beam. But since this list represents the works since 1980, it's No. 5. In 1982, according to the Louisville Courier Jou ...
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What Kid Rock likes about Hillary Clinton
CNN - 5 months
He probably won't vote for her, but Hillary Clinton did get an endorsement of sorts from Kid Rock.
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If You're Mad About Kaepernick And Silent About Cops Killing Black Lives, Do Better
Huffington Post - 5 months
At least two black men have been fatally shot by police since Friday and this fact alone should be enough to draw considerable outrage from most American citizens. But, sadly, some folks have been noticeably silent.  Chief among them are the critics who condemned Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest of the national anthem in early September, which he said he did in response to America’s systemic oppression of black people and the constant killings of black men and women at the hands of police.  Notable figures, many of them white, like model Kate Upton, musician Kid Rock, Rep. Steve King, and more, implied that Kaepernick’s protest was disrespectful, undignified and unjust. The same can be said of the treatment of black people by police in America, but that’s a reality that critics of Kaepernick have yet to condemn. These same vocal critics haven’t had much to say after the recent police killings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North ...
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Kid Rock blasted Colin Kaepernick in concert
Fox News - 5 months
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Kid Rock Unnecessarily Inserts Himself Into Colin Kaepernick Controversy With 3 Words
Huffington Post - 5 months
Kid Rock slammed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest during a concert over the weekend.   While performing at Fenway Park in Boston, the singer shouted “f**k Colin Kaepernick” as he sang the song “Born Free.” Ironically, because Kaepernick was “born free” in the USA, he’s allowed to protest the national anthem however or whenever he wants.  It seems the irony was lost on Kid Rock and the crowd, who enthusiastically cheered the singer on. You can watch the moment happen about 51 seconds in:  Considering this is coming from a man who’s gotten in trouble for flying the Confederate flag at his concerts, his opinions are pretty much what you’d expect. While many people have come out in support of Kaepernick, other recent detractors include Kate Upton. On Sunday, the model called out four Miami Dolphins players who refused to stand for the national anthem on Sept. 11, describing their behavior as “unacceptable.”  “Sitting or kneeling ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kid Rock
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In April 2016 he inducted Cheap Trick into the rock n roll hall of fame.
    More Details Hide Details A few weeks later tragedy struck when Kid Rock found his assistant dead in an ATV accident on his Nashville property. TMZ released his frantic 911 call in which the operator came under fire for in her slow non caring reaction. His assistant, Mike Sacha, was three times the legal limit of alcohol. Kid Rock's musical style ranges from rap rock and heavy metal to country to rap rock and nu metal. His influences include Warren Zevon, Jim Croce, Hank Williams, Jr., Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Bob Seger, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Whodini, Too Short, Eric B. & Rakim, Esham and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Kid Rock has influenced such artists and groups as Eminem, Lil Wayne, Yelawolf, Machine Gun Kelly, Uncle Kracker, Paradime, Ty Stone, Jocaine and 75 North, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Colt Ford, Rehab, The Sheepdogs, Aaron Lewis and Band Of Heathens. His son released his debut EP Wanted Dead Or Alive under the stage name "Bandit". He has since gone by Robert Ritchie instead of Bandit. Several established country artist have also borrowed his country rap style including Toby Keith ("Trailerhood", "Red Solo Cup", "What About Me"), Trace Adkins ("Brown Chicken, Brown Cow") and Blake Shelton ("Hillbilly Bone")He has appeared in music videos for Eminem, Limp Bizkit, Hank Williams Jr, Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Zac Brown Band, Yelawolf, Buckcherry and Uncle Kracker.
    In February 2016, he voiced approval for Donald Trump's campaign for the same office.
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  • 2015
    Age 44
    The NAN threatened to boycott Chevrolet unless they dropped their sponsorship of Rock's 2015 Cheap Date tour.
    More Details Hide Details They eventually refused and stated that the only flag on his tour that was used was the American flag. Kid Rock is a deputy reservist in the police force of Oakley, Michigan. Kid Rock has taken measures against ticket scalpers at his shows that have included: performing more frequently to lower ticket prices changing the pricing structure; requiring the display of an ID and credit card to prove ticket's ownership for platinum seats; and the first two rows of seats are not for sale—they are given out to fans. Instead of getting paid for the show, he is getting a percentage of the sales at concession stands and ticket sales. Year!! Ship!! Departed From!! Departed On!! Returned On!!
    In July 2015, Al Sharpton's NAN Chapter of Detroit stated that Kid Rock should stop using and denounce the flag.
    More Details Hide Details Kid Rock responded to Fox News in an email to Megyn Kelly. She read his response out loud which said "Please tell the people that are protesting me, that they can kiss my ass".
    In 2015, he publicly endorsed author and neurosurgeon Ben Carson for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
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    Kid Rock released First Kiss on February 24, 2015, his first album for Warner Bros.
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    Kid Rock released "First Kiss" on February 24, 2015 behind the hit title track.
    More Details Hide Details Ritchie was born on January 17, 1971 in Romeo, Michigan to William "Bill" Ritchie, a car dealer who owned several local dealerships, and Susan Ritchie. He attended Romeo High School. His family also owned a six-acre orchard and Robert regularly helped pick apples and cared for the family's horses. He has three siblings: the two elder are brother William "Billy" Ritchie and sister Carol Ritchie; his younger sister, Jill Ritchie, is an actress. Ritchie found small-town life dull and became interested in rap music, learning how to breakdance and participating in talent shows in the Detroit area. At age eleven, he joined a breakdance crew called the Furious Funkers and taught himself to work a cheap belt-driven turntable. In high school, Ritchie djayed at parties for beer. He eventually joined Bo Wisdom of Groove Time Productions in Mt. Clemens, Michigan to perform basement parties for $30 a night. He chose his stage name while performing at these venues; club goers dubbed him "Kid Rock" after they had enjoyed watching "that white kid rock."
    In January 2015, Rock was criticized by fans and animal rights activists for killing a cougar in a hunting trip.
    More Details Hide Details Fellow rocker Ted Nugent defended this incident, calling this action "necessary", "legal" and "beneficial". Kid Rock and Scott Stapp, singer of the band Creed, appear in a sex tape from 1999 in which the two are seen partying and receiving oral sex. California pornography company Red Light District planned to release the tape in 2006, but both Rock and Stapp filed with the California courts to sue Red Light District and stop the tape's distribution.
    In 2015 Bawitdaba was featured in the Kevin Hart comedy the Wedding Ringer and the Bill Murray war comedy Rock The Kabash.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year American Bad Ass was used in TV spots for the Sean Penn action movie The Gun Man. In 2016, Bawitdaba was yet featured again in a movie in Tina Fey's war comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
  • 2014
    Age 43
    Kid Rock performed "Jesus and Bocephus" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in December 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He filled in for U2 and an injured Bono. Political site Rare debuted "Ain't Enough Whiskey" two weeks prior to the album release. Kid Rock's promotional tour included performing "First Kiss" at the Daytona 500 and on The Tonight Show. He also performed "Johnny Cash" on the Tonight show. A music video was later released for Johnny Cash at end of 2015.It however was never an official single.
  • 2013
    Age 42
    The tour name is named after an impromptu song he wrote after performing with Bob Seger on his winter Rebel Soul Tour in early 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The tour featured ZZ Top, Uncle Kracker, Marshall Tucker Band, Jamey Johnson and Kool And The Gang. In 2014, "Let's Ride" was used in the movies Intro The Storm and the war documentary " Green Hornet" and " So Hott" was used in " A Walk In The Woods" with Robert Redford. In the same year "Cucci Galore" was in the pilot episode of HBO's Silicon Valley featuring a cameo of Kid Rock performing the song. In the fall of 2014 Chevrolet began using "Born Free" to promote their sales in commercials.
    Kid Rock announced his $20 Best Night Ever Summer Tour for 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Kid Rock took a paycut to allow all seats to be available at $20. When he heard that Ticketmaster was including a service charge, he struck a deal with Wal-Mart to keep it at $20. The concerts included free parking, free food from Jimmy John's, free coffee, $4 beer and all merchandise under $20.
    After years of a stalemate with Apple, Kid Rock released his catalog to ITunes in January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The only pre-fame album still available is "Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast" however. His classics " All Summer Long", "Cowboy", " Bawitdaba", " Picture", "Only God Knows Why" and " American Bad Ass" all re-entered the charts based on digital downloads. His albums "Devil Without A Cause", "Rock N Roll Jesus" and "Cocky" all re-charted in the same vein on the Billboard 200. Meaning with 2012's "Rebel Soul" he had 4 albums in the Billboard 200 at one time with 8 singles charted as well.
    CMT aired Kid Rock live from Sturgis on August 22, 2013. "Cowboy" was used to promote Wrestlemania 29 in San Antonio, Texas.
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    He made a remix of Redneck Paradise with Hank Williams Jr and the music video aired on CMT in June 2013, making the Top 20 countdown.
    More Details Hide Details Country radio format refused to play the song because of its long run time. The media press for this album included NASCAR's Race For The Chase, NASCAR at Homestead, Good Morning America, NFL Halftime Show, CBS This Morning and WWE Tribute for The Troops. This led to a No 5 debut selling roughly 146,000 copies. The album would go gold in April 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    Kid Rock released the album Rebel Soul on November 19, 2012, with "Let's Ride" as its lead single.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at No. 16 on the mainstream rock tracks and just outside the Hot 100 at No. 105. This was his first mainstream album available for download from iTunes. A explicit promotional video for "Cucci Galore" was released to YouTube prior to the release of "Rebel Soul". A video for Happy New Year's came out in late December. It featured a cameo by super model Cindy Crawford. It gained minor attention from CMT and VH-1 and failed to chart. The title track was then released to rock radio but failed to chart as well.
    Kid Rock recorded "In Detroit" as part of the NFL's promotion with Pepsi called "Pepsi Anthems" in August 2012.
    More Details Hide Details It was recorded as the theme song for the Detroit Lions. "American Bad Ass" was used for TV promotional spot for the 2012 movie Battleship.
    By May 2012, Kid Rock was still the first of a handful of high-profile musicians to endorse Mitt Romney, including Ted Nugent and Lee Greenwood.
    More Details Hide Details Kid Rock performed alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd and Trace Adkins at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. He introduced Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, at a rally in Michigan in October 2012; Ryan went onstage to "Bawitdaba". In 2013, Kid Rock criticized Republican lawmakers in New York for passing laws which made it difficult for him to keep concert ticket prices low, stating "That's one of the times I'm f--king embarrassed to be a Republican". Kid Rock has met President Barack Obama, as well as former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. In 2012, he and actor Sean Penn starred in the YouTube video "Americans", in which they both poked fun at their political activism.
    On April 14, 2012, he joined Travis McCoy, Black Thought,?uestlove, and The Roots in performing a medley of Beastie Boys songs at the 2012 Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 40
    Kid Rock is widely known for his affiliation with the U.S. Republican Party, but identifies as a libertarian. In 2011, Kid Rock agreed to allow Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to officially make use of his music in campaign events, using his song "Born Free".
    More Details Hide Details Kid Rock later endorsed Mitt Romney's candidacy and performed on Romney's behalf at campaign events.
    In November 2011, Kid Rock released "Care", a protest song about current politics in D.C. that had multiple versions released for the single.
    More Details Hide Details The album version featured Martina McBride and T.I. and the international single featuring Mary J. Blige. The music video was shot with Pistol Annie's Angeleena Pressley. The single peaked at No. 26 on the Adult Contemporary charts and No. 58 on the country chart. He released the EP Racing Father Time in the Detroit area along with the album. It included remixes of "Slow My Roll" and "Lonely Road Of Faith", along with "The Midwest Fall" and "Forty". Born Free went platinum in July 2011. He returned to host the CMT Awards for a 2nd year doing a spoof on "Bawitdaba" with Wynonna Judd.
    On December 7, 2011, Kid Rock joined Metallica on-stage at The Fillmore San Francisco during day two of the 30 Years of Metallica celebration to perform Seger's "Turn the Page".
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    Kid Rock became the first musician to play in a recorded concert for television at Elvis Presley's Graceland on November 28, 2011 when PBS taped an episode for their album Live from the Artists Den.
    More Details Hide Details He performed "Born Free" at a Michigan Rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in February. On May 12, 2012, he performed a benefit concert with the Detroit Orchestra, raising $1 million.
    On January 15, 2011, Kid Rock celebrated his 40th birthday with a performance at Ford Field in Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details The marathon concert featured Uncle Kracker, Peter Wolfe, Reverend Run, Sheryl Crow, Cindy Crawford, Jimmie Johnson, and Anita Baker. He also returned to Comerica Park on August 12 and 13. In December, he went on a 12-city club tour and donated the proceeds to various charities in each city to support his single, "Care".
  • 2010
    Age 39
    Kid Rock released Born Free on November 16, 2010 and it debuted at No. 5, selling 189,000 copies in its first week.
    More Details Hide Details The album was produced by Rick Rubin and featured David Hidalgo and Matt Sweeney on guitar as well as Chad Smith on drums and Benmont Tench on keyboard. The album was his first album without a parental advisory sticker on it. The album's title track was released as its first single, peaking at No. 14 on the mainstream rock charts and No. 31 on the active rock charts. It also charted at No. 52 on country and No. 39 on the adult pop charts. It was the theme song to the 2010 MLB playoffs on TBS as well as WWE's Tribute To The Troops Special. He performed the song at the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving halftime show. The album reached gold status on December 15, 2010. The follow-up single was "God Bless Saturday", which peaked at No. 37 on the mainstream rock charts. It is the secondary theme song for College Gameday on ESPN. The third single was "Collide", which featured Sheryl Crow and Bob Seger. Rock and Crow then went on a joint tour together after the song peaked at No. 26 on the adult pop chart and No. 51 on the country charts. The next single, a cover of Jason Boland's "Telephone Romeo" re-written as "Purple Sky", failed to chart.
    In 2010, he released Born Free, which featured an eponymous song that became the political campaign theme of Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
    More Details Hide Details Rock released Rebel Soul on November 19, 2012 behind the rock hit "Let's Ride". The album was certified gold in April 2013.
  • 2009
    Age 38
    He followed this up by hosting the CMT Awards in June, performing "Cowboy", "Bawitdaba", and "Good Ol Boys" with Hank Williams Jr, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Randy Houser, Zac Brown and Jamey Johnson. "American Bad Ass" was used for TV promos for the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in the summer of 2009. "I Am The Bullgod" was also featured in the Madden NFL 2010 soundtrack during same time frame.
    More Details Hide Details Kid Rock then signed a licensing deal with a new video game called, Power Gig: Rise of The Sixth String. The game used "All Summer Long","Rock N Roll Jesus" and "Son Of Detroit".
    On July 3, 2009, "Rock N Roll Jesus" was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
    More Details Hide Details According to soundscan the album has sold 3.493 million albums as of 2013 and it has sold 5 million worldwide. In April 2010, Kid Rock started a spring cruise dubbed "The Chillin The Most Cruise".
    Kid Rock performed at Comerica Park July 17 and 18 of 2009.
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    He received his first country award, winning for Best Wide Open Country Video for "All Summer Long" at the 2009 CMT Awards.
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    He was nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Male Pop/Rock Performance for "All Summer Long" at the 2009 Grammys, though he lost to Coldplay's Viva La Vida for the former award and to John Mayer's "Say" for the latter.
    More Details Hide Details He performed a medley of "Amen", "All Summer Long" and "Rock N Roll Jesus" at the show.
    On April 5, 2009, he performed a 5-song medley at WrestleMania XXV.
    More Details Hide Details The performance didn't go over well with the wrestling community as they complained the performance took time away from one more match on the card.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    It has been suggested that his no-show at the Download Festival 2008 was due to depression over the divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Rock later claimed, however, that the divorce was due to Anderson openly criticizing his mother and sister in front of his son from a previous relationship, Robert Jr., to which Rock took offense. Other news reports suggested, however, that Kid Rock's outrage during a screening of Borat, in which Anderson cameos, was the divorce motive. Rock has actively raised Robert Jr., born in 1993, as a single father, and continues to live with him in Michigan. On July 6, 2011, Kid Rock appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight show where he said he has no regrets about anything he has done in the past. In both March 1991 and September 1997, Rock faced misdemeanor charges stemming from alcohol-related arrests in Michigan. In February 2005, Rock was charged with assault on DJ Jay Campos in 'Christies Cabaret' strip club. He pleaded no contest and was sued for $575,000 by Campos.
    Kid Rock performed on VH1's Storytellers on November 27, 2008, giving an insight to how he wrote some of his hit songs.
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    In 2008, Kid Rock recorded and made a music video for the song "Warrior" for a National Guard advertising campaign.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    Rock n Roll Jesus was released on October 9, 2007, becoming Kid Rock's first album to go No. 1, selling 172,000 copies in its first week.
    More Details Hide Details He made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the second time, and appeared for the first time on Larry King Live to discuss the new album. The album's lead single "So Hott" became his best charting rock song of his career, peaking at No. 2 on the mainstream rock charts and No. 13 on the modern rock charts. The song was used by ESPN and CBS for college football and basketball. The song also appeared on the show "Californication" and was performed on the 1st annual Spike TV Video Game Awards. The second single "Amen", was also successful peaking at No. 11 on mainstream rock and No. 27 on modern rock.The song showed a more serious side to Kid Rock. However it was the album's third single, "All Summer Long", that took off and became a global hit. It utilized a mash up of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London". "All Summer Long" would chart at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 because it wasn't aided by iTunes downloads. Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd would make joint live performances of "All Summer Long" and "Sweet Home Alabama" on both CBS Fashion Rocks and Good Morning America. They would then go on two summer tours together: "Rock N Rebel's I" and "Rock N Rebel's II". Lil Wayne became the first hip-hop act ever to perform at the CMA Awards when he played guitar on "All Summer Long".
  • 2006
    Age 35
    He inducted Lynyrd Skynyrd into the 2006 Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and performed "Sweet Home Alabama" with them.
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    He would make a cameo in the movie Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and appeared in an episode of CSI: New York in 2006.
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    He brought Bob Seger back from semi-retirement during his pre-Super Bowl concerts on February 2 and 3, 2006 in Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details The two performed a version of Seger's "Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets" on both nights. Kid Rock would appear on Bob Seger's album Face the Promise and on a Vince Gill cover of "Real Mean Bottle", a tribute to country legend Merle Haggard.
    On February 28, 2006, Kid Rock released his first live album, Live Trucker, comprising songs from his homestead performances in Clarkston in 2000 and 2004 as well as Detroit's Cobo Hall on March 26, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The album contained the last two performances of Joe C. on "Devil Without a Cause" and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" in addition to Rock performing a duet with country star Gretchen Wilson on "Picture".
  • 2004
    Age 33
    He performed "Erotica", the theme song for Spike TV's Stripperella, as well as lending his voice to a few episodes. "Forever" was used in the 2004 movie "Torque".
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    Kid Rock was involved in the halftime show controversy at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas on February 1, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He was criticized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for desecrating the American flag, by wearing one slit in the middle as a poncho. The following month, Kid inducted Bob Seger into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In September 2005, Kid Rock filled in for Johnny Van Zant, the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, on the band's hit "Sweet Home Alabama" at the Hurricane Katrina benefit concert.
  • 2003
    Age 32
    The album promotion week was capped off by the VH-1 special called A Kid Rock Christmas, which aired on December 14, 2003. This led to a No. 8 chart debut The following single was "Cold And Empty", it was used in a 2004 episode of the WB's Smallville and peaked at No. 20 on the hot ac charts.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson, Mississippi was the album's next single peaking at No. 14 on the mainstream rock charts. Next up,"I Am" would chart at No. 28 on the mainstream rock charts. The album's final single "Single Father" penned by David Allan Coe became his second country hit peaking at No. 50 on the hot country tracks. The album only went platinum.
    In 2003, Kid Rock returned with an eponymous album, almost stripping away the accustomed rap metal sound he had created, opting for Southern rock and several country ballads in the wake of the success of "Picture".
    More Details Hide Details The album's lead single was a cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love". A media blitz accompanied the single with live performances at the American Music Awards, Tonight Show and Big In 03 Awards.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    He performed a tribute medley with Chuck D and Grandmaster Flash after Run DMC member Jam Master Jay was shot to death on VH-1 Big in 02. "Bawitdaba" was featured in the pilot episode of "The Shield" in 2002.
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    Kid Rock covered ZZ Top's "Legs" for WWE Diva Stacy Keibler's theme song on the 2002 album WWF Forceable Entry.
    More Details Hide Details He also helped Nickleback cover Elton John's Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting which also featured Pantera's Dimebag Darrell. It was his last guitar solo recording before being gunned down at a night club by an over obsessed fan. At the end of 2002, Uncle Kracker left the band to pursue a solo career, and Detroit underground rapper Paradime replaced him. Kid Rock made his second movie, Biker Boyz, with Laurence Fishburne.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 30
    In 2001, Kid Rock began a relationship after meeting actress Pamela Anderson at VH1 tribute to Aretha Franklin. In April 2002, they were reportedly engaged, but called it off. They later got married in a surprise wedding on July 2006 in Saint-Tropez after it was reported Anderson was pregnant. On November 10, 2006, it was announced that Anderson had miscarried while in Vancouver shooting a new film, Blonde and Blonder. Seventeen days later, on November 27, 2006, Anderson filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
    More Details Hide Details The divorce was allegedly over a disagreement of Rock's Detroit residence and Anderson's Los Angeles residence.
    The same year, Rock landed his first acting role in the David Spade comedy Joe Dirt."American Bad Ass" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards, losing out to Rage Against The Machine's "Guerrilla Radio".
    More Details Hide Details The History of Rock would go on to be certified double platinum and has sold over 4 million worldwide. In November, Kid Rock released Cocky, which was marketed as the official follow-up to Devil Without a Cause. With the era of rap metal at its last years of popularity, Kid Rock included several southern rock and country ballads on the album. The first single, "Forever" was his standard brash rap rock sound. He promoted the song on TRL and The Late Show With David Letterman. Leading the album to debut at No 7 with 222,000 albums sold. The song reached No. 18 on mainstream rock and No. 21 on modern rock The song "Lonely Road of Faith" was the album's second single.The song gave way to two TV special's " CMT Crossroads with a Hank Williams Jr and MTV's For The Troops Special.The episode for Crossroads drew a record 2.1 million viewers to CMT. The song was also used in a video package by the then WWF and used on the shows MTV Real World and WB's Smallville. The song peaked at No. 15 on the mainstream rock tracks. The album's third single You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me wasn't promoted and only charted at No. 32 on the rock charts. The album at this point had sold just under 2 million copies.
    In early 2001, Rock inducted Aerosmith into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed "Sweet Emotion" at the induction ceremony.
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    The 2001 American Bad Ass Tour, in which David Allan Coe performed as an opening act for Kid Rock, was the subject of criticism from journalist Neil Strauss, who alleged that Coe's songs were racist.
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  • 2000
    Age 29
    From June 30 to August 22, 2000, Kid Rock joined the Summer Sanitarium Tour with Metallica, Korn, Powerman 5000, and System of a Down.
    More Details Hide Details Kid Rock filled in for James Hetfield of Metallica, singing vocals on the songs "Enter Sandman", "Sad But True", and "Nothing Else Matters". He also ran the turntables for "Fuel" for three shows after Hetfield injured his spine riding a jet ski on Lake Lanier the day before the July 7 Atlanta concert. MTV would air MTV All Access Summer Saniturm Tour: Baltimore in July and Kid Rock would go on "The History Of Rock Tour" from August to September of that year. On November 16, 2000, Joseph "Joe C" Calleja died in his sleep from Coeliac disease complications in Taylor, Michigan. Joe C's final song was "Cool Daddy Cool" for the Osmosis Jones soundtrack. The band made a cameo in the movie as the band playing in the club scene. Kid Rock was referred to as "Kidney Rock" to go along with the cartoon aspect of being a cell in the body of the main character, Frank, played by Bill Murray.
    After reacquiring the rights to his early material in 2000, Rock released The History of Rock, a collection of remixed and re-recorded songs from The Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin Stoned Pimp. "American Bad Ass", one of two new tracks, was released as a single, which sampled the Metallica track "Sad But True".
    More Details Hide Details It was used in the WWF (now WWE) as the Undertaker's theme song for his new "biker from hell" gimmick. The second new song "Fuck That" was released on the Any Given Sunday movie soundtrack. The song replaced "Bawitdaba" and became Kid Kash's theme song in 2000. His unreleased 1994 song "Abortion" off the album received high praise by the anti-abortion group Rock For Life (a division of the American Life League). On May 27, Kid Rock appeared on Saturday Night Live, performing "American Bad Ass" and an acoustic version of "Only God Knows Why", arranged by country singer David Allan Coe, that featured Phish's Trey Anastasio. Kid Rock joined Phish later in the year in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a set of cover songs. He also performed "American Bad Ass" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno with Metallica members Kirk Hamet and Lars Ulrich. Kid Rock also helped Uncle Kracker promote his single "Yeah Yeah Yeah" on MTV Rock N Roll Bowl and the Billboard Awards. In June he performed on USA Farmclub the set included "Yeah Yeah Yeah" along with "American Bad Ass" and "3 Sheets To The Wind." Canadian music show Much Music aired a full length concert on June 20, 2000.
    Rock was nominated as Best New Artist at the 2000 Grammy Awards, but lost to Christina Aguilera.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for "Bawitdaba" for Best Hard Rock Performance, but lost to Metallica's "Whiskey in the Jar".
  • 1999
    Age 28
    Kid Rock in September 1999 at the MTV Video Music Award's reunited Run DMC and Aerosmith doing a medley of "King Of Rock", "Rock Box", "Bawitdaba" and "Walk This Way".
    More Details Hide Details It remains the highest rated segment in MTV History. Rock's next single, the slow, back porch blues ballad "Only God Knows Why", was the biggest hit off the album, charting at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first song to use Auto-Tune. The album was released two months before Cher's autotuned song "Believe" came out. "Cowboy" technically used autotune on its robotic intro. By the time the final single, "Wasting Time", was released, the album had sold 7 million copies. Devil Without A Cause was certified 11 times platinum by the RIAA on April 17, 2003. According to soundscan actual sales are 9.51 million as of 2015.
    He solidified his fame with a Woodstock 1999 performance and on July 24 of that year, he was double platinum.
    More Details Hide Details The following month he released the single "Cowboy", a mix of southern rock, country, and rap, was an even bigger hit, making the Top 40 and No. 34 and Hot 100 an No. 82. It became the theme song of WCW's Jeff Jarrett remixed has "The Chosen One". He performed the song on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The song was also featured in the movies "Shangai Noon", "Coyote Ugly", "Ready To Rumble", "Matchstick Man" and "Serving Sara".
    In June 1999 Kid Rock's first major tour was Limptropolis, where he opened for Limp Bizkit with Staind.
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  • 1998
    Age 27
    Then he talked Daly into getting him a performance on MTV and on December 28, 1998, he performed on MTV Fashionably Loud in Miami, Florida, creating a buzz from his performance, even upstaging Jay-Z. In May, his sales began taking off with the third single "Bawitdaba" and by April 1999, Devil Without a Cause had achieved a gold disc.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, Devil, as he predicted, went platinum. The song was pushed into mainstream pop culture due to its use in the trailer for the movie Gladiator starring Russell Crowe. It was also heard in the movies " Any Given Sunday" and "Ready To Rumble" as well as the TV shows "Nash Bridges" and "The Simpson's". Even Bette Midler did a show tunes version on her short lived TV comedy show "Bette" in 1999. ECW wrestler Kid Kash used the song as his entrance song and because of his resemblance to Kid Rock he dressed like him.
    In the summer of 1998, while DJing at a club, he met and became friends with MTV host Carson Daly.
    More Details Hide Details Daly made him his DJ on the MTV Beachouse and the Kid Rock was a judge on Say What Karoke and commentator for a WCW event on MTV.
    Kid Rock released a low budget music video of the song.Sales of "Welcome 2 The Party" and Devil were slow, though the 1998 Warped Tour in Northampton, Massachusetts stimulated regional interest in Massachusetts and New England.
    More Details Hide Details This led to substantial airplay of the single "I Am The Bullgod" during the summer and fall of 1998 on Massachusetts rock staples WZLX and WAAF.
    On August 18, 1998, Atlantic released Devil Without a Cause behind the single "Welcome 2 The Party" and Kid Rock went on the Vans Warped Tour to support the album.
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  • 1997
    Age 26
    In 1997, Kid Rock added drummer/vocalist Stefanie Eulinberg to his band, which consisted of Kenny Olson, Jason Krause, Jimmie Bones, Uncle Kracker, Misty Love, Shirley Hayden, and Joe C. In early 1998, Kid Rock was featured on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno's segment "Jay Walking".
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  • 1996
    Age 25
    Lava/Atlantic Records A&R man Andy Karp starting following Kid Rock's career after seeing him in Cleveland in December 1996 and again in Detroit on March 1997.
    More Details Hide Details They were the only label to show up at his showcase show at the State Theatre in Detroit. Hours prior Jason Krause had just joined the band but the show went without a hitch. They met at a club after the concert at 2 am to talk about a deal. Following a two song demo tape containing "Somebody's Gotta Feel This" and "I Got One For Ya" that featured Robert Bradley and Jimmie Bones, Jason Flom supported Karp in signing Kid Rock for $100,000. Atlantic wanted more of a rock sound and did not initially like "Cowboy", "Devil Without A Cause" and "Only God Knows Why." They asked Rock to take out the "I'm going platinum" line on the title track's chorus, but he refused. With "Only God Knows Why," they did not want a slow ballad at all; Kid Rock fought to have the song on the album. While the conflict slowed down production, Devil Without a Cause was completed on schedule with Rock mostly playing all the instruments himself. He was mainly aided by local musicians Kenny Tudrick and Bobby East.
    He would ask Robert Bradley's piano player to drop in to record some piano parts, it ended up being Jimmie Bones who eventually joined his live band.The album was released on February 12, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details A loan from his father aided the release. The album was heavily influenced by the Howling Diablos and they were featured on the title track and "Detroit Thang". The album was a local success and sold 6,000 copies out of the trunk of Kid Rock's car after monthly concerts that he built up with a larger street team working for him. This led to him re-releasing The Polyfuze Method as the Polyfuze Method Revisted in 1997, adding "I Am The Bullgod" and "Rollin On The Island" from Fire It Up and a demo called "Rain Check". He also released a home video with various live performances called Unsung And Underrated in 1997,only 250 copies were distributed.
  • 1995
    Age 24
    In 1995, Rock took a job as a janitor at Whiterooms Studios to pay studio fees in the secondary room called the B Room.
    More Details Hide Details It was a grunge, hard rock studio. But producer Andrew Nerha eventually asked for his assistance with loops and programming while working on Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise album because of Bob's knowledge of hip hop. In return Kid Rock asked for live guitars and drums on his album he was working on Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, which he released on his own label, Top Dog Records.
  • 1994
    Age 23
    There were several members that were in and out because the gigs weren't pulling in money.He later recruited Joseph "Joe C." Calleja, whom he met at a 1994 concert in Roseville, Michigan, as part of the group.
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    He began side work with a local Detroit rap metal group Harm's Way in 1994 producing, scratching and playing drums on two of their independent releases.
    More Details Hide Details He also produced Thornetta Davis's gospel album Sunday Morning Coming Down at the same time. Hard-pressed for cash and with a kid on the way, Kid Rock released monthly demo tapes dubbed "The Bootleg Series" which featured demos of him and other up-and-coming rappers and garage rock bands in the Detroit area. He discovered the rap-blues-funk hybrid band Howling Diablos at a club called Alvin's in Detroit one night and became heavily influenced by the lead singer Martin "Tino'Gross. He began attending their concerts every weekend. He liked the aspect of a live band and a rapper. Kid Rock eventually befriended the band and would jam with them. Club owners didn't like him however with his long dreaded hair, foul raps and turntables. Kid Rock decided to form a back up band, Twisted Brown Trucker.
    Continuum did not see a future with Kid Rock after this, and released him from his contract in 1994.
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  • 1993
    Age 22
    He released an EP called Fire It Up in December 1993 that featured the song "I Am the Bullgod", which would not be a hit until six years later.
    More Details Hide Details The vocals on this version were more raw. The singles "Prodigal Son" and "My Oedipus Complex" were released, but failed to find a niche.
    In March 1993, Continuum released his second album The Polyfuze Method.
    More Details Hide Details The album, which sold approximately 15,000 copies, featured a more rap rock-oriented sound. The album heavily sampled psychedelic blues from Led Zeppelin (Prodigal Son, My Oedipus Complex), Pink Floyd (The Cramper) and The Doors (U Don't Know Me), Black Sabbath (Pancake Breakfast) and The Smiths (Back From The Dead) amongst others.The album saw some local college radio success at Central Michigan University with the tracks "Back From The Dead" and "Balls In Your Mouth". He wanted "Prodigal Son" as the lead single, but Continuum refused and released "U Don't Know Me" as the first single. It failed to chart, and the music video received little airplay on major music video channels. Kid Rock re-released "Back From The Dead" as a single to mainstream radio and produced the music video himself, but it also failed as a single.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    Though Insane Clown Posse's Violent J disliked Kid Rock's rapping style, he paid Kid Rock to appear on Insane Clown Posse's first album, Carnival of Carnage in 1992, in an attempt to get the album noticed.
    More Details Hide Details Kid Rock showed up to record the song "Is That You?" intoxicated, but re-recorded his vocals and record scratching the following day.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 20
    In late 1991, Kid Rock was picked up by an independent record label called Continuum Records, which held Pink Floyd at one time.
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  • 1990
    Age 19
    Kid Rock's career had begun to decline towards the end of 1990 and Jive Records released Kid Rock from his contract in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Once back in Detroit, he became friends with Uncle Kracker after battling his brother in a freestyle rapping competition. Afterward, Uncle Kracker became Kid Rock's DJ. At the time Uncle Kracker had no clue how to work the turntables.
    As noted by Insane Clown Posse member Violent J, this album made Kid Rock one of the two biggest rap stars in Detroit in 1990, along with local independent rapper Esham.
    More Details Hide Details Though Jive Records did not push the album, it gained infamy when radio station WSUC-FM (90.5) of Cortland, New York was fined $23,700 by the FCC – then the largest fine against a radio station – for playing the song "Yo Da-Lin In the Valley". The album sold an estimated 100,000 copies.
    On December 30, 1990, Kid Rock released his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast.
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    Rock performed rap and hip hop with five releases between 1990 and 1997, including a reissue and an EP.
    More Details Hide Details After signing a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1998, he gained commercial success in the rap rock genre behind the singles "Bawitdaba", "Cowboy" and "Only God Knows Why" (the latter foreshadowing his move into country rock). After the success of Devil Without a Cause in 2000, he released The History of Rock, a compilation of remixed and remastered versions of songs from previous albums as well as the hit rock single, "American Bad Ass". Rock's follow-up records became more rock-, country-, and blues-oriented, starting with 2001's Cocky. His collaboration with Sheryl Crow on the song "Picture" was his first country hit and biggest pop hit in the US to date charting at No. 4 on the Hot 100. After 2003's Kid Rock and 2006's Live Trucker sales declined from the previous releases, he then released Rock n Roll Jesus in 2007. The album featured the song "All Summer Long", which charted at No. 1 in eight countries across Europe and Australia.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 0
    Born on January 17, 1971.
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