Ritchie in Romeo, Mich., Kid Rock began his libidinous
rap/djing career when he was just 15 years old. Raised in
what he refers to as a "hick-town," Kid Rock
quickly gained a reputation in the nearby Mt. Clemens
housing projects, spinning up his rare brand of
potty-mouthed raps -- which comprised psychedelic rock,
hip-hop, soul, jazz and funk -- for nightly dance parties.
After a move to New York City (where he reportedly lived
below Queen Latifah), Kid Rock formed relationships with
many area rappers and eventually landed an opening slot on
a 20-city tour with Ice Cube and Too $hort. He was only 18
until 1990 that he released his first album, Grits
Sandwiches for Breakfast, on the Jive label. The album
helped define Kid Rock's bad-boy attitude. After a college
disc jockey played one song from the album, "Yodelin'
in the Valley," Kid was fined almost $25,000 by the
FCC for what was termed "the most indecent thing ever
heard" by the president of the university.
Rock pushed on, producing one lewd album after another --
including 1993's The Polyfuse Method, 1996's Early
Morning Stoned Pimp and the tasteless Fire It Up
EP -- and steadily gained a cult following.
he signed with Atlantic Records, who released Devil
Without a Cause in 1998. That same year, the Detroit
Red Wings chose the opening rap from Early Morning
Stoned Pimp, which boasts the phrase "Ain't no
party like a Detroit party/ 'Cause a Detroit party don't
stop," as their victory chant.