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Born Bob 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 years old.

It wasn't 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.

But the 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.

In 1998, 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.



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