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Robert James "Bob" Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper with five Grammy Award nominations.

Kid Rock released several studio albums that mostly went unnoticed before his 1998 record Devil Without a Cause, released with Atlantic Records, sold 11 million albums behind the hits, "Bawitdaba", "Cowboy", and "Only God Knows Why". In 2000, he released The History of Rock which was a compilation of remixed and remastered versions of songs from his previous albums as well as the hit single, "American Bad Ass". In 2001, he released the follow up, c*cky. After a slow start, his country-flavored hit "Picture" with Sheryl Crow resurrected the album and it went gold as a single and pushed the album`s sales to more than 5 million. It was followed by 2003`s self-titled release, which failed to chart a major hit. In 2006 he released Live Trucker, a live album. In 2007 Kid Rock released Rock N Roll Jesus, which produced a hit in "All Summer Long". It was his first worldwide smash hit, charting #1 in eight countries across Europe and Australia.[1][2] Rock N Roll Jesus would go on to sell 5 million albums worldwide including being certified triple platinum in the US. He will release "Born Free" on November 16, 2010. He is currently building a house on Lake Charlevoix in Charlevoix, Michigan, set to be finished early next year.
He has sold 22 million albums to date in the United States.

Early career

Robert Ritchie was born on January 17, 1971 in Romeo, Michigan to William "Bill" Ritchie, a car dealer, and Susan Ritchie. His family owned a six-acre orchard and Ritchie regularly helped pick apples and cared for the family`s horses. He has two older siblings: brother William "Billy" Ritchie; and sister Carol Ritchie. At age eleven he joined a breakdance crew called the Furious Funkers, teaching himself how to work a cheap belt-driven turntable. In high school, Ritchie DJed at parties for beer. He eventually joined Bo Wisdom of Groove Time Productions, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan to perform basement parties for thirty dollars a night. It was then that he was given his stage name; club goers dubbed him "Kid Rock" after they had enjoyed watching "that white kid that can rock." Rock started rapping and joined a local hip hop group, The Beast Crew. They were composed of The Blackman, Champtown, KDC, Chris "Doc Roun-Cee" Pouncy. Rock became friends with producer D-Nice of the legendary hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions. When Rock opened for BDP one night, D-Nice invited an A&R representative from Jive Records to see him perform. This meeting led to a demo deal, which developed into a full record contract.

Against his parents` wishes, Rock signed the deal at the age of seventeen. Despite his new record deal, he had a falling out with The Beast Crew when he signed over fellow member Champtown (the two have become friends again since). They left his vocals on the tracks of their debut underground album "Chapter 1: He Don`t Want Us No More," against his wishes. Rock later became part of the Straight From The Underground Tour, where he found himself alongside several heavyweights of rap including Ice Cube, Too Short, D-Nice, Mac Dre, and Yo-Yo.

Debut album to signing with Atlantic Records (1991–1997)

On November 11, 1990 Kid Rock released his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast. Jive Records ended up not pushing the album, after the failure of another white rapper at the time, Vanilla Ice. However the album still gained infamy when the radio station WSNY of Courtland, NY was fined $23,700 by the FCC for playing the song "Yo-Da-Lin In the Valley". At the time it was the largest fine ever placed on a radio station. Jive Records released Kid Rock from his contract in 1991. Once back in Detroit he would become friends with Uncle Kracker after battling his brother in a freestyle rapping competition. He would eventually become Kid Rock`s DJ until he went solo full time in 2000.

In late 1991 Kid Rock was picked up by an independent record label called Continuum Records, which released his second album The Polyfuze Method in March 1993. The album was more rock oriented with Rock teaching himself how to play several different instruments including guitar, drums, keyboard and organ. The album saw some local college radio success at Central Michigan University with the tracks "Back From The Dead" and "Balls In Your Mouth". He would release "U Don`t Know Me" as the first official single off the album, but it failed to chart, and the music video received little airplay on any major music video channels. Kid Rock re-released "Back From The Dead" as a single to mainstream radio, but that too failed as a single. The album has sold around 15,000 copies.

He released an EP called Fire It Up later in
First Name
Last Name
Full Name at Birth
Robert James Ritchie
Other Names
Bobby Shazam
Date of Birth
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Hair Color
Distinctive Features
Goatee and long hair
Fedora hat
Political Party
Political Affiliation
Net Worth
$80,000,000 USD
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High School
Musician, singer-songwriter, actor, rapper, DJ, dancer, multi-instrumentalist
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Claim to Fame
US Rocker, Rapper
Country Rock
Blues Rock
Alternative Rock
Nu Metal
Rap Metal
Alternative Metal
Alternative Hip Hop
Rap Rock
hip hop
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Year(s) Active
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Top Dog
Warner Bros.
Broken Bow
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Artist and Brand Management
Brand Endorsements
(2002) TV commercial for Coors Original beer (voiceover)
(November 2014) TV commercial, "Chevrolet is Most Awarded," with Clancy Brown (voiceover narration) and Kid Rock (voiceover song - "Born Free") for the 2014 Chevy Silverado (voiceover).
(2003) TV commercials for Coors Light beer (voiceover).
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