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->''I don't like small cars or real big women''
->''But somehow I always find myself in 'em''
-->"Welcome 2 the Party, Ode 2 the Ol' School"

Robert James Ritchie, a.k.a. Kid Rock (born January 17, 1971) is an American rapper and singer from Michigan who incorporated Hard Rock and Country into his music. At the age of 11, he was break-dancing in a breakdance crew, and used the money made to get turntable equipment. He then played as a DJ who'd play in clubs for beer. He got his nickname after clubgoers called him "that white kid that can rock".

He formed the rap group The Beast Crew with local rapper Music/{{Champtown}}, but it broke up when Kid Rock signed to Jive Records. He released his LP ''Grit Sandwiches for Breakfast'' soon afterwards in 1990, but it was perceived as being a Music/BeastieBoys ripoff, and was dropped from the record label for the album's weak reception. However, the album was popular enough for Kid Rock to be considered the biggest rapper in Detroit at the time; Music/InsaneClownPosse even tapped him for an appearance on their debut, ''Carnival of Carnage'', despite the fact that Violent J thought that Kid Rock's rapping was weak, although a lyric in Kid's "Ya Keep On" suggests that the feeling is mutual.

Kid's next two albums, ''The Polyfuze Method'' and ''Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp'', were released independently. To help with the recording, Kid Rock recruited a band of musicians known as the "Twisted Brown Trucker Band", providing the instrumental backing for his rhymes.

After years of independent records, he and his band got signed to Creator/AtlanticRecords, where they released the break-through hit album ''Devil Without a Cause'' in 1998. This successful fusion of Southern-Fried RapRock inspired Kid Rock to re-work his previous songs in ''History of Rock''. But his love for Southern Rock caused him to change his sound on his SelfTitledAlbum, which he continues to do today. His #1 single "All Summer Long" borrowed from both the Music/LynyrdSkynyrd hit "Sweet Home Alabama" and Music/WarrenZevon's "Werewolves of London", and had extensive radio play across the Rock and Country charts.

Kid has had occasional acting roles, including ''Film/JoeDirt'', ''Film/OsmosisJones'' and ''Creator/LarryTheCableGuy: Health Inspector''.

He is close friends and frequent collaborator with Music/UncleKracker, who is also a country, rap, and rock-influenced musician from Detroit.

He also has an association with the Wrestling/{{WWE}}, with some of his songs used for Pay-Per-View and Superstar Entrance Themes, particularly "American Badass" for Wrestling/TheUndertaker during his early "Bikertaker" days. He was inducted into the celebrity wing of the Wrestling/WWEHallOfFame in 2018.

* ''Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast'' (1990)
* ''The Polyfuze Method'' (1993)
* ''Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp'' (1996)
* ''Devil Without a Cause'' (1998)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The History of Rock]]'' (2000)
* ''Cocky'' (2001)
* ''Kid Rock'' (2003)
* ''[[LiveAlbum Live Trucker]]'' (2006)
* ''Rock N Roll Jesus'' (2007)
* ''Born Free'' (2010)
* ''Rebel Soul'' (2012)
* ''First Kiss'' (2015)
* Sweet Southern Sugar (2017)
!!! "Devil Without a Trope":
* TheAlcoholic: RL example: He showed up drunk to record his guest appearance on Music/InsaneClownPosse's ''Carnival of Carnage'', "Is That You?" He then rerecorded his vocals and scratching the next day when he was sober.
* ArtifactTitle: "Kid" Rock has been an adult for a very long time now. More so now that he's a grandfather.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: In "Lonely Road of Faith", during the bridge, Kid Rock says a verse that is similar to Psalm 23:4: "Though I walk in the valley of darkness / I am not afraid / 'Cause I know [[YouAreNotAlone I'm not alone]]."
** Furthermore, Kid is an ordained minister.
* AutoTune: Very blatantly on "Only God Knows Why".
* AudienceParticipationSong: All of Joe C's lines, since his death.
* BadassBoast: "I'm goin' platinum sellin' rhymes/I went platinum seven times...", from "American Bad Ass," and referring to the sales of his previous breakthrough album, ''Devil Without a Cause.'' He was referring to the previous album's sales at the time, but it would eventually sell past the 10 million mark.
** After Al-Qaeda bombed the USS ''Cole'' in Aden, the sailors played "American Badass" over the ship's loudspeakers as they left the port.
* BittersweetSeventeen: "All Summer Long":
-->''It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long''\\
''Caught somewhere between a boy and man''\\
''She was seventeen and she was far from in-between''\\
''It was summertime in Northern Michigan.''
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Lampshaded on "Cowboy":
-->"Curse like a sailor/Drink like a mick/My only words of wisdom are/<''RADIO EDIT''>"
** Also on the video of "American Badass"
--->"I'm an American Badass, watch me kick! You can roll with rock or you can <''RADIO EDIT''>"
** "Picture" had different edits to censor the line "Fueling up on cocaine and whiskey". One version changed "cocaine" to "water", and another just muted the word entirely.
* CountryRap: At times.
* {{Cowboy}}: He wants to be one, after all.
* {{Determinator}}: He strongly disliked iTunes and fought to keep his music off of it, despite it costing him a hit with "All Summer Long" (and making hits out of karaoke versions of the song). [[spoiler: But times change.]]
* FakeShemp: Due to label issues, the official single version of "Picture" has Allison Moorer singing Music/SherylCrow's part. However, most stations played the Sheryl Crow version anyway, and it was even listed as "Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer" on the charts. He also recorded the song with Gretchen Wilson on the ''Live Trucker'' album.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: He's done everything from 1 to 7. What levels are more prominent, depends on the album.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: His ''Devil Without a Cause'' fused HipHop, HeavyMetal, {{Funk}}, {{Blues}}, Southern Rock, Soul, [[CountryMusic Country]] and Folk music.
* NewSoundAlbum: Happened twice; once with ''Devil Without A Cause'' which saw a change from [[HardcoreHipHop hardcore rhyming]] over sampled riffs, to a southern fried RapRock sound. The second time was ''Kid Rock'', which saw him making Southern Rock and almost completely ditching HipHop. And yet again with ''Born Free'', which outside of an appearance by T.I. is entirely Heartland rock.
* NWordPrivileges: Only ever said the once; being dropped once in the song "Black Chick, White Guy"
* OdeToYouth: "All Summer Long"
* RockStarSong: So, so many of them.
* {{Sampling}}: Most blatantly for "All Summer Long", sampling "[[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd Sweet Home Alabama]]" and "[[Music/WarrenZevon Werewolves of London]]", which are both in the same key and, coincidentally, have the same chord progression.
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''Kid Rock.''
* SingerNamedrop:
** "Bawitdaba" gives us this:
-->"My name is KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII[[IncrediblyLongNote IIIIIIIIIIID]]...Kid ROCK!!"
** "Cowboy" gives us two "Kid Rock"s in the first verse and a third in the third.
** "American Badass" ends with "Kid Rock's in the house and that's where I'm at".
* TakeThat: From "Ya' Keep On": "Don't call me Joe 'cause [[Music/InsaneClownPosse the Joes I know can't even flow]]"
** The song "Half Your Age" from ''Rock And Roll Jesus'' paints a very unflattering picture of Kid Rock's ex-wife Pamela Anderson.
* TheTropeKid
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Kid and The Beast Crew, as said in "I Wanna Go Back"
-->I ain't sayin' that I'm wrong, but I still got love for you/Cause I remember how it used to be, "Make way, motherfuckers, Beast Crew's in the party"
* WolverinePublicity: In Southeast Michigan, at least. His music has constant airplay on the local rock and country stations there (especially the area's flagship rock station, 101 WRIF), and he is frequently featured in the local media.
* WordPureeTitle: "Bawitdaba."