After signing a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1998, he gained commercial success in the rap rock genre behind the singles "Bawitdaba", "Cowboy" and "Only God Knows Why" (the latter foreshadowing his move into country rock).
He eventually joined Bo Wisdom of Groove Time Productions in Mt.
Clemens, Michigan to perform basement parties for $30 a night.
He chose his stage name while performing at these venues; club goers dubbed him "Kid Rock" after they had enjoyed watching "that white kid rock." Ritchie eventually ran away to Mt.
Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor.
His 1998 album Devil Without a Cause sold 13 million copies worldwide. The RIAA certified him selling 23.5 million albums.
He is a five-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold 25 million albums in the U. He has sold over 35 million records worldwide and he was Soundscan's number-one selling male solo musician of the 2000s, selling 17.6 million albums; he was 17th overall for the decade.
Rock performed rap and hip hop with five releases between 19, including a reissue and an EP.
The album featured the song "All Summer Long", which charted at No. In 2010, he released Born Free, which featured an eponymous song that became the political campaign theme of Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
Rock released Rebel Soul on November 19, 2012 behind the rock hit "Let's Ride". Kid Rock released "First Kiss" on February 24, 2015 behind the hit title track.
At age eleven, he joined a breakdance crew called the Furious Funkers and taught himself to work a cheap belt-driven turntable.
In high school, Ritchie djayed at parties for beer.