Kid Rock was born as Robert James Ritchie in January of 1971, in Romeo, Michigan. Nearly 20 years later his first album, Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast, was released. The album, with songs such as "Yo-Da-Lin in the Valley" and "Pimp of the Nation", was a mix of old-school rap and hardcore rhymes. His next album was Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, released on Kid Rock's own Top Dog Records label.
In 1998, Devil Without a Cause was released. Number one hits like "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," and "Only God Knows Why" all came from this album. The album was a collaboration of Kid Rock, Twisted Brown Trucker, and Uncle Kracker.
The album not only hit Platinum, with 1,000,000 records sold, but it hit Diamond, with over 10,000,000 copies of this album sold in less than 5 years. "Wasting Time," a southern-rock song, is the mellowing out track on this album.
2000 saw the release of the single "American Bad Ass," and the album which it was from, The History of Rock. Other fan favorites from this album include "Cold and Empty" and "Prodigal Son." Kid Rock toured throughout 2000 with Metallica on their Summer Sanitarium tour. In January of 2001, Kid Rock won the American Music Award for Favorite Male Pop/Rock. Kid Rock also starred alongside David Spade and Christopher Walken in 2001's hit comedy Joe Dirt.
In November of 2001, the album Cocky was released. Kid Rock collaborated with Sheryl Crow for the hit song "Picture." He also collaborated with Snoop Dogg for the song "WCSR," a special track at the end of the album. "Forever," a song about punk-rock and hip-hop, made it on to MTV's TRL and was well liked by Kid Rock fans everywhere. The album runs the spectrum from R&B to country, and hits every genre in between. Kid Rock's friend, famous actor David Spade, is featured in the track "Midnight Train to Memphis."
Kid Rock spent the later half of 2003 touring in Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar as part of the USO show. He also was a featured singer in the 2004 Super Bowl, where he came onstage wearing an American flag. His back-up band, Twisted Brown Trucker, features Kenny Olson and Jason Krause on guitar, Jimmie Bones on keyboard, and Stefanie Eulinberg on drums. Kid is never one to be stingy with his music and he has collaborated with the likes of David Allen Coe, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Hank Williams Jr.
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