kid rock interview with tucker carlson. Kid Rock, sometimes known as Bobby Shazam, is a stage name for Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He blends rock, hip hop, country, and metal into his sound. He is a self-taught musician who has claimed to be able to play every instrument in his backing band. All bar two of his albums were produced by him.
Kid Rock began his musical career as a rapper and DJ, debuting with the Jive Records release of Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast in 1990. His particular style began to take shape with his successive indie albums, The Polyfuze Method (1993) and Early Morning Stoned Pimp (1996), and was completely realized on his commercially successful album Devil Without a Cause (1998), which sold 14 million copies. Hip hop, country, and rock were combined on both this album and its follow-up, Cocky (2001). “Cowboy,” his most popular tune from that time period, is regarded as a founding piece of the country rap genre. In general, “Picture” (2002) and “All Summer Long” are his best-selling singles (2008). His musical output has tended to get more experimental with his 2007 album Rock n Roll Jesus.
Robert James Ritchie, the son of car dealership owners Susan and William Ritchie, was born on January 17, 1971, in Romeo, Michigan. He grew up in his father’s 5,628-square-foot (522.9 m2) house on a 6-acre (2.4 hectare) property, where he frequently assisted his family with apple-picking and caring for their horses. Actress Jill Ritchie is his younger sister. He developed an interest in hip hop in the 1980s while participating in talent contests in and around Detroit, learning how to breakdance, rap, and DJ.
kid rock Early Life
In the late 1980s, Kid Rock was a member of the hip hop group The Beast Crew, where he started his professional music career. He met the rapper D-Nice at this time. He would soon start local performances for Boogie Down Productions thanks to that connection.
During this period, Kid Rock started a professional relationship with producer Mike E. Clark. Clark was initially skeptical of the idea of a white rapper, but was won over by Kid Rock’s enthusiastic performance, where the performer actually made his own beats to show off his abilities for Clark.
When Clark and Kid Rock created a number of demos in 1988, six major record labels, including Atlantic and CBS Records, finally made offers. 
Kid Rock acquired stock in “Top Dog” Records, an independent record company established by Alvin Williams and Earl Blunt of EB-Bran Productions, in 1989. It would later grow into a 25% ownership interest.
At the age of 17, Kid Rock joined Jive Records with the assistance of D-Nice, releasing his Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast first studio album in 1990.
Kid Rock claims that fellow rapper Vanilla Ice was enraged at the contract with Jive because he thought he should have been signed with the label instead of Kid Rock.
Along with Detroit independent artist Esham, Kid Rock became one of the two biggest rap stars in that city because to the album. Kid Rock, Ice Cube, D-Nice, Yo-Yo, and Too Short performed on a national tour to promote the album, with Detroit musician Champtown serving as Kid Rock’s DJ. Kid Rock met and became friends with local rapper Eminem during album in-store promotions. Eminem routinely challenged Kid Rock to rap battles.
Kid Rock joined the local indie record label Continuum in 1992. Around this time, Kid Rock connected with the hip hop group Insane Clown Posse via Mike E. Clark, who was the group’s producer. Despite not liking Kid Rock’s music, ICP member Violent J wanted the rapper to perform on ICP’s debut album, Carnival of Carnage. He reasoned that since Kid Rock was a widely popular musician, ICP would get more attention as a result of the appearance. Violent J claims that Kid Rock demanded $600 (equivalent to $1,159 in 2021) to record his guest appearance, noting that local rapper Esham received $500 for his appearance on ICP’s album. Violent J alleges that Esham and Kid Rock had a dispute over who was the bigger rapper. As he arrived to record the song “Is,” Kid Rock
The Polyfuze Method, Kid Rock’s second studio album, was recorded in 1993 with producer Mike E. Clark. Kid Rock collaborated with Clark to give the album a more rock-oriented feel than his first.
In order to maintain local interest in his music, Kid Rock also started publishing his “Bootleg” cassette series
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, Kid Rock recorded the EP Fire It Up later in the year.
I Am the Bullgod, a hard rock song, and “A Country Boy Can Survive,” a country song by Hank Williams Jr., were both included on the EP.
Kid Rock gained a following among an audience that DJ Uncle Kracker described as “white kids who dropped acid and liked listening to gangsta rap” through extensive promotion, which included distributing tapes on consignment to local stores and giving away free samplers of his music. This following included local rapper Joe C, who had been attending Kid Rock concerts as a fan but was invited to perform on stage as Kid Rock’s hype man after meeting Kid Rock.
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