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Kid Rock - 


ALBUMS:


Born: ROBERT (BOB) RITCHIE - January 17, 1971 in Romeo, MI
Years Active: 90 's, 00's 
Genre: ROCK

One of the unlikeliest success stories in rock at the turn of the millennium, Detroit rap-rocker Kid Rock shot to superstardom with his fourth full-length album, 1998's Devil Without a Cause. What made it so shocking was that Rock had recorded his first demo a full decade before, been booted off major label Jive following his Beastie Boys-ish 1990 debut, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, and toiled for most of the decade in obscurity, releasing albums to a small, devoted, mostly local fan base while earning his fair share of ridicule around his home state. Nevertheless, Rock persevered, and by the time rap-metal had begun to attract a substantial audience, he had perfected the outlandish, over the top white-trash persona that gave Devil Without a Cause such a distinctive personality and made it such an infectious party record.


Bob "Kid Rock" Ritchie (born Robert James Ritchie, January 17, 1971) grew up in Romeo, Michigan, a small rural town north of the Detroit metro area. Finding small-town life stiflingly dull, Ritchie immersed himself in rap music, learned to breakdance, and began making the talent-show rounds in Detroit. Inspired by the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill -- white performers fusing rap and hard guitar rock -- Kid Rock recorded his first demos in 1988, and eventually scored an opening slot at a Boogie Down Productions gig. That performance, in turn, led to a contract with Jive Records, which issued Kid Rock's debut album, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, in 1990. Produced by Kid Rock, Too Short, and D-Nice, the album was heavily derivative of Licensed to Ill. Rock briefly became notorious when a New York college radio station aired the album's profanity-laced ode to oral sex, "Yodelin' in the Valley," and was fined over 20,000 (a judgment later rescinded). However, despite a tour with Too Short and Ice Cube, Jive didn't see much of a future for Kid Rock and dropped him from their roster.


Moving to Brooklyn, Rock hooked up with the small Continuum label, and moved his brand of rap further into hard rock with The Polyfuze Method, released in 1993. Reviews were mixed, with some critics praising the record's humor and eclecticism while others dismissed it as awkward and forced. The EP Fire It Up followed in 1994, appearing on Rock's own Top Dog imprint (which was still distributed by Continuum). Rock eventually returned to the Detroit area and began work on another album; recorded on a shoestring budget, Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp was released in 1996. Although sometimes forced to sell bootleg dubs of his own records to pay the rent, Rock set about forming a full-fledged backing band, which he dubbed Twisted Brown Trucker. While its membership fluctuated early on, rapper Joe C. (born Joseph Calleja) was one of the first to join; a longtime fan and frequent concert attendee, Calleja caught Rock's eye in 1994, partly because of his diminutive stature (due to a digestive condition known as celiac disease, which required both dialysis and extensive medication) and partly because of his encyclopedic knowledge of Rock's song lyrics. The rest of the lineup settled around mostly Detroit-area musicians: guitarists Kenny Olson and Jason Krause, keyboardist Jimmy Bones (born Jimmy Trombly, he handles the basslines himself), drummer Stefanie Eulinberg, DJ/turntablist Uncle Kracker (born Matt Shafer, who had been with Rock since the early '90s), and backing vocalists Misty Love and Shirley Hayden.


As rap-metal acts like Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Rage Against the Machine began to dominate the hard rock landscape, Atlantic Records decided to take a chance on signing Rock. Devil Without a Cause didn't do much upon its initial release in August 1998, but a big promotional push from the label and MTV helped make the album's second single and video, "Bawitdaba," a nationwide smash. The follow-up, "Cowboy," achieved similar success, and suddenly, after a decade of trying, Kid Rock was a superstar with a Top Five, seven-times-platinum album and a gig at Woodstock '99. While pondering how to follow up Devil, Rock acquired the rights to his indie label recordings and remixed or re-recorded the best material for The History of Rock, which was released in the summer of 2000 and featured some new songs as well. Sadly, after being forced to take a break from touring a year earlier by his medical difficulties, Joe C. passed away in his sleep on November 16, 2000.


Even with a tragedy like this in his life, Rock continued work on his follow-up to Devil Without a Cause. The media focused more on his relationship with actress Pamela Anderson than his musical career, which many magazines were beginning to ridicule. His DJ, Uncle Kracker, had a successful solo career during the spring and summer of 2001, leaving Rock without one of his most frequent collaborators. Still, by the winter of that year he had completed work on Cocky and had released "Forever" to success on rock radio. In fall 2003, Kid Rock returned with a self-titled effort. A cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" marked the first single. The cover art to his 2006 live album, Live Trucker, paid tribute to Bob Seger's Live Bullet. Just a year later the studio record Rock N Roll Jesus came out, landing at number one and selling 172,000 copies in its first week. Born Free, produced by Rick Rubin and featuring guest appearances by Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger, James Hetfield, and T.I., arrived in 2010. Born Free debuted at number five on the Billboard charts but it didn't generate any hit singles; the title track peaked at 31 on the Rock Songs chart and "Collide," featuring Crow and Seger, didn't fare much better on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts. Kid Rock toured in 2011, then set about recording his next album, Rebel Soul, which appeared late in 2012.

http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Kid_Rock/Biography/
 
| Closed on 12/01/12 at 11:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
18 Fans 
17%a. 10 DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE
28%b. 7-9 (He's Good)
33%c. 5-6 (He's Ok)
11%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of him)
11%e. KID CROCK OF SH**!!

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TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#5 | 728 days ago

I only like one song of his, and it's because it was on one of my EA hockey games back in the day and it pumps me up for hockey. Other than that, I don't like his music at all, and the only thing I can think of when I look at him is dirty redneck.
KID CROCK OF SH**!!  
  
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#1 | 728 days ago

Oh, How I loved me some Devil Without a Cause....

"F*** That" used to be my sh**.
7-9 (He's Good)  
#2 | 728 days ago

i like the way he wears pants
1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of him)  
#3 | 728 days ago

Meh on his music.

Mmm on his body.

I liked him in Joe Dirt.

"Def Lepard sucks!!"
1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of him)  
#4 | 728 days ago

I saw him in '99 right around his VMA coming out party. It was awesome. Devil Without a Cause is really the only album I'm familiar with, but I'll still fire it up every now and then.
7-9 (He's Good)  
#5 | 728 days ago

I only like one song of his, and it's because it was on one of my EA hockey games back in the day and it pumps me up for hockey. Other than that, I don't like his music at all, and the only thing I can think of when I look at him is dirty redneck.
KID CROCK OF SH**!!  
#6 | 728 days ago

 Hey, isn't Nick on vacation in Mexico?  Does Wikipedia auto publish at this point?
1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of him)  
#7 | 728 days ago

ohwell_ wrote:
 Hey, isn't Nick on vacation in Mexico?  Does Wikipedia auto publish at this point?
It says he edited it on Oct. 30.  I guess he scheduled the polls to still go up while he's gone.
5-6 (He's Ok)  
#8 | 728 days ago

I've never been a big fan of Kid Rock, and the only song I like of his is All Summer Long.
5-6 (He's Ok)  
#9 | 728 days ago

He's done better as a country singer than as a rocker or rapper.
5-6 (He's Ok)  
#10 | 728 days ago

Love Kid Rock. Been a fan of his for a long time!
10 DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE  
#11 | 727 days ago

I really liked him.                                              cool
I still listen to  cd's I have.  I pick and choose different songs.......
10 DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE  
#12 | 727 days ago
Nick__ (+)

The Devil Without a Cause album is all that's worth while for me.....the rest of his music = PASS!
5-6 (He's Ok)  
#13 | 720 days ago

I LOVE KID ROCK!!  Have 3 of his CD's I play over and over. Love both his Rock and Country!  Awesomely energetic guy!!
10 DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE  

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