Robert James "Bob" Ritchie (better known as Kid Rock) (born January 17, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, and actor. He has made songs with parts of many different styles of music, including rap, heavy metal, and country.
Early career[change | change source]
Kid Rock grew up in Romeo, Michigan, which is near Detroit. He made his first album, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, in 1990, but it did not have much success. He made several more records over the next few years, but they did not sell much either. However, by 1998, bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit were becoming popular with music that had both rap and heavy metal. Because Kid Rock was making similar music, Atlantic Records, a big record label, signed Kid Rock to a contract. In 1998, his album Devil Without A Cause came out. Songs such as Bawitdaba and Cowboy came out, and Kid Rock was a star.
Later career[change | change source]
In 2000, Kid Rock released The History of Rock, an album that mostly had old songs from before he became famous, along with two new songs. He released the album Cocky in 2001, Kid Rock in 2003, Rock n Roll Jesus in 2007, and Born Free in 2010.
Live performances[change | change source]
In 2004, Kid Rock performed during the Super Bowl halftime show. Although the show was more controversial for an incident where one of Janet Jackson's breasts was seen on television, Kid Rock was criticized for playing while wearing an American flag.
United States Senate campaign, 2018[change | change source]
Kid Rock has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2018 U.S. Senate election in Michigan. On July 12, 2017, he shared a photo of a "Kid Rock for US Senate" yard sign on Twitter. He later confirmed that he is in fact running for the Senate.
References[change | change source]
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- "Kid Rock | Music Videos, News, Photos, Tour Dates, Ringtones, and Lyrics | MTV". mtv.com. 2011 [last update]. http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/kid_rock/artist.jhtml#biographyEnd. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- "Kid Rock Discography at Discogs". discogs.com. 2011 [last update]. http://www.discogs.com/artist/Kid+Rock. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- Reno, Jamie (November 24, 2010). "New Kid Rock Record Free For All U.S. Military Personnel | Home Post". homepost.kpbs.org. http://homepost.kpbs.org/2010/11/new-kid-rock-record-free-for-all-u-s-military-personnel/. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- George, Justin (February 4, 2004). "Artsandentartainment: VFW slams Kid Rock for flag poncho". sptimes.com. http://www.sptimes.com/2004/02/04/Artsandentartainment/VFW_slams_Kid_Rock_fo.shtml. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- "Celebrities who support Donald Trump" (in en). 2017-01-09. http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/celebrities-who-support-donald-trump/10/.
- "Kid Rock Eyed as Potential Senate Candidate". Roll Call. 2017-02-14. http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/kid-rock-eyed-as-potential-senate-candidate.
- Feldscher, Kyle (12 July 2017). "Kid Rock teases run for U.S. Senate in Michigan". The Washington Examiner. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/kid-rock-teases-run-for-us-senate-in-michigan/article/2628468. Retrieved 12 July 2017. "Kid Rock, otherwise known as Bob Ritchie, tweeted the Kid Rock For Senate website is real and tweeted a photo of a mock lawn sign."
- "Kid Rock confirms Michigan Senate run" (in en-US). Fox News. 2017-07-12. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/12/kid-rock-confirms-michigan-senate-run.html.