Cocky is Kid Rock's fifth album, which saw him drawing more from Southern Rock and Blues Rock. While still featuring rapped vocals and Hard Rock riffs prominately, there is overall more singing, more ballads, and a more eclectic variety of songs compared to his previous album, Devil Without A Cause. While Devil is predominantly considered a Rap Rock (or Rap Metal) and Hard Rock album, Cocky more prominently features Southern Rock styles, although the Southern sound is often combined with rap, such as on "Forever".
The album features several of his most popular songs, including the singles "Forever", the Southern Rock ballad "Lonely Road of Faith", "You Never Met a Motherfucker Like Me", and his second crossover country hit "Picture", featuring Sheryl Crow.
Cocky went platinum five times, marking another huge hit for Kid Rock and continuing his success into the 2000s.
- "Trucker Anthem" 4:39
- "Forever" 3:46
- "Lay It on Me" 4:56
- "Cocky" 3:57
- "What I Learned Out on the Road" 4:58
- "I'm Wrong, But You Ain't Right" 4:56
- "Lonely Road of Faith" 5:28
- "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me" 4:53
- "Picture" (featuring Sheryl Crow) 4:58
- "I'm a Dog" 3:36
- "Midnight Train to Memphis" 4:44
- "Baby Come Home" 3:08
- "Drunk in the Morning" 5:31
- "WCSR" (featuring Snoop Dogg) 4:44
- Stands for "West Coast Sex Rhymes". Deleted from the clean version.
- As the Good Book Says...: 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 I'm not alone."
- Furthermore, Kid is an ordained minister.
- Blues Rock: On "You Never Met a Motherfucker Like Me", "Baby Come Home", and a few others.
- "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.
- Call-Back: Some of the lyrics in "Trucker Anthem" (such as "call up your friends, I'll get your whole fuckin' crew high") and the "Kid Rock, I got the sex rhymes" part in "WCSR" comes from an earlier song called "Mom & Dad, I Use Drugs". Also on "Trucker Anthem", Uncle Kracker introduces Kid Rock as "The Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp of the goddamn nation"
- Fake Shemp: Due to label issues, the official single version of "Picture" has Allison Moorer singing Sheryl Crow'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.
- Guest Star: Sheryl Crow on "Picture" and Snoop Dogg on "WCSR".
- Punk Rap: Lampshaded example. On "Forever", Kid Rock raps:Do not hate or question the music I makeI get cha higher than a tree top, you wanna roll with the Kid Rock?I got money like Fort Knox, I'll forever be the Kid Rock
- Rap Metal: Though it starts off leading listeners to believe it is a Blues Rock song, "I'm Wrong, But You Ain't Right" turns into this. The opening track "Trucker Anthem" also qualifies.
- Shout-Out: B-b-b-b... Benny and the Jets is hot
- With AC/DC on, from "Hell's Bells", to the next 9 songs
- Take That: You're El De Barge