35 Facts About Kid Rock

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Kid Rock started his music career as a rapper and DJ, releasing his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast on Jive Records.

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Kid Rock's best-selling singles overall are "Picture" and "All Summer Long" .

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3.

Kid Rock began his professional music career as a member of a hip hop music group called The Beast Crew in the late 1980s.

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In 1989, Kid Rock became a shareholder in an independent record label that was formed by Alvin Williams and Earl Blunt of EB-Bran Productions, called "Top Dog" Records.

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5.

In 1992, Kid Rock signed with local independent record label Continuum.

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6.

Around this time, Kid Rock met local hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse through Mike E Clark, who was producing the duo.

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In 1993, Kid Rock recorded his second studio album, The Polyfuze Method, with producer Mike E Clark, who worked with Kid Rock to help give the album more of a rock-oriented sound than his debut.

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8.

Kid Rock began releasing his "Bootleg" cassette series to keep local interest in his music.

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9.

Later in the year, Kid Rock recorded the EP Fire It Up at White Room Studios in downtown Detroit, run by brothers Michael and Andrew Nehra, who were forming the rock-soul band Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise.

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10.

Kid Rock developed his stage persona, performing dressed in 1970s pimp clothing with a real, possibly loaded, gun down the front of his pants.

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11.

Kid Rock made an appearance on the 1999 MTV VMA and memorably performed Bawitdaba at Woodstock 1999.

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12.

In May 2000, Kid Rock released the compilation album The History of Rock behind the single "American Bad Ass".

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13.

Kid Rock would join Metallica on their 2000 Summer Sanitarium Tour along with Korn and System of a Down.

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14.

In 1999, Kid Rock made his voice acting debut in an episode of The Simpsons in the episode "Kill the Alligator and Run" playing himself, alongside Joe C Kid Rock appeared in comedy film Joe Dirt, starring David Spade.

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15.

In support of the album, Kid Rock performed on the Cocky Tour in 2002 and opened for Aerosmith with Run DMC on The Girls Of Summer Tour.

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16.

In 2001, Kid Rock filed a lawsuit to gain full control over the Top Dog record label, resulting in his receiving full ownership of the label in 2003.

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17.

In 2002, Kid Rock covered ZZ Top's "Legs" to serve as WWE Diva Stacy Keibler's theme song; it appeared on the album WWF Forceable Entry.

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18.

Kid Rock appeared on the track 'My Name is Robert Too' on American blues artist R L Burnside's final studio album, A Bothered Mind.

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19.

In September 2005, Kid Rock filled in for Johnny Van Zant, the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, on the band's hit "Sweet Home Alabama" at the Hurricane Katrina benefit concert.

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20.

In 2006, Kid Rock stopped displaying the Confederate flag at his concerts.

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21.

In July 2007, Kid Rock was featured in the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the second time.

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22.

In 2008, Kid Rock recorded and made a music video for the song "Warrior" for a National Guard advertising campaign.

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23.

In 2010, Kid Rock released his country-oriented eighth studio album, Born Free, produced by Rick Rubin, and featuring guest appearances by Sheryl Crow and Bob Seger.

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24.

In 2011, Kid Rock was honored by the NAACP, which sparked protests stemming from his past display of the Confederate flag in his concerts.

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25.

In 2013, Kid Rock performed on the "Best Night Ever" tour, where he motioned to charge no more than $20 for his tickets .

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26.

Kid Rock wrote an email to Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly, stating, "Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my ass".

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27.

Kid Rock later clarified that the campaign was a hoax.

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28.

Kid Rock developed a "redneck pimp" alter ego to complement his humorous lyrics.

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29.

Kid Rock had an impact on hip hop, serving as an influence on rappers like Yelawolf.

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30.

Kid Rock began dating actress Pamela Anderson in 2001 and they became engaged in April 2002, but ended their relationship in 2003.

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31.

Ritchie founded Kid Rock's Made in Detroit restaurant and bar, which specializes in Southern-style cuisine.

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32.

Kid Rock later defended his remarks while reaffirming his love for his homosexual friends.

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33.

Kid Rock later clarified that the campaign was a joke that he had started after a Michigan state legislator encouraged him to run for Senate.

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34.

Kid Rock expressed surprise at the interest his potential candidacy had received, but disappointment that some opposed to his candidacy had brought up his previous use of the Confederate flag to label him a racist.

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35.

In January 2018, Kid Rock changed the tour's name to American Rock N' Roll Tour as a result of the lawsuit.

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