Check out the 10 things you may not have known about Kid Rock, in honor of his new album “Rebel Soul.”
1. Kid Rock’s full name is Robert James “Bob” Ritchie
2. Kid Rock was 15 when he began rapping and DJing
3. Kid Rock signed a record deal at 17 against his parents wishes.
4. Kid Rock was part of the “Straight From The Underground Tour” alongside several major rap artists, including Ice Cube, Too Short, D-Nice, Mac Dre, and Yo-Yo.
5. Kid Rock has his own beer! In 2009, Kid Rock began producing his own line of beer “American Badass Beer“
6. Kid Rock was in the movie “Joe Dirt” with David Spade in 2001
7. Kid Rock was engaged to Pamela Anderson in 2001, and called it off. They later married in 2006
8. Kid Rock’s “Yodalin In The Valley” is responsible for the largest-ever government fine imposed on a college radio station. State University of New York at Cortland’s WSUC-FM was fined $23,750 for airing (according to the FCC) “obscene, indecent, or profane language by means of radio communication.” The FCC eventually dropped the fine.
9. Country star Hank Williams Jr. once referred to Kid Rock as his “illegitimate sonI” during an award show, and is one of Kid’s biggest influences.
10. Kid Rock has released 9 studio albums, 5 of which have gone multi-platinum. “Rebel Soul” is his most recent and was released on November 19th
Check out some more info on Kid Rock in this fantastic New Yorker Piece about his music, politics, love for America and his hometown.