Kid Rock is a rock singer, songwriter and rapper who has been active in the music industry since 1989. He was born Bob Ritchie in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised by his mother after his parents divorced when he was very young, and he lived with her until she died when he was 15 years old.
He began performing at age 15 with various local bands and gradually built his reputation as a performer throughout the state of Michigan. His first major break came in 1990 when he signed with Jive Records and released his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast.
The title track from that album became a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1991, and it helped bring him national attention as well as a contract with Atlantic Records that same year.
Kid Rock’s next two albums — The Polyfuze Method (1992) and The Polyfuze Method 2: FUZED! (1993) — were also successful commercially but received mixed reviews from critics. However, the album Devil Without A Cause (1998) rose to number one on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and sold over 14 million copies worldwide; it also produced four hit singles including “Bawitdaba” which topped the Modern Rock.
Last modified: October 13, 2022