Kid Rock has a reputation of being someone who breaks the rules in a ridiculous way. The 45-year-old, born Robert James Ritchie, is multi-talented and has been in the industry for quite some time. Despite his time spent in the industry, there are still some things that most people don’t know about Kid Rock. Here, we present our list of 15 facts you didn’t know about Kid Rock.
Number Fifteen: He Is Extremely Generous
According to his friend Jamey Johnson, “He’s the kind of guy that does the right thing even when no one’s looking.” Johnson went on to say, “You’re more likely to go and find out some of the charitable things he’s done in his life from other people than from him, because he won’t talk about it.”
Number Fourteen: He Still Likes “Bawitdaba”
Kid Rock still isn’t sick of his massive hit from 1998. He says that people still go crazy when they hear it at concerts.
Number Thirteen: He Learned How Not to Treat People From Limp Bizkit
In the late 1990s, Kid Rock was an opener for Limp Bizkit. He was incredibly disappointed with the way Limp Bizkit treated his roadies, so he decided from then on that he would never do that.
Number Twelve: He Still Finds Parenting to Be Difficult
Despite his fame, parenting has not become easier for the star. He said he still has the classic “push and pull” with his son, Robert.
Number Eleven: He Does Not Want to Hug it Out With You
Kid Rock might be a super nice guy, but he does not display his emotions outwardly. He said, “I definitely have emotional issues. We’re not gonna hug it out.”
Number Ten: He Wants to Fix the State of Rock Music
Kid Rock is blatantly opposed to “nu-metal,” and he has his own ideas about how to fix the direction that music is headed. He says that country artists should embrace rock music more.
Number Nine: The Most Talented Artist He Knows Is…
His friend Jamey Johnson! He has said, “Jamey Johnson is the most talented motherf-er. And if he puts out a real record, he sells a gold record… They don’t even want to see his face in Nashville.”
Number Eight: Hank Wiliams Jr. Defends Kid Rock’s Controversies
It’s true. Kid Rock had a controversial photo of himself with a mountain lion, and his friend and fellow musician Hank Williams Jr. staunchly defends it.
Number Seven: He Loves Crawfish Boils
Kid Rock is a big fan of crawfish boils because… “You can cook for 30 f-in’ people and eat it all f-in’ night.”
Number Six: He Is a Hozier Fan
Kid Rock has said that he is constantly being disappointed by new music acts, but once he heard Hozier, he knew that he had heard a star. He has introduced at least 20 people to the musician because he likes him so much.
Number Five: He Has Fans in High Place
In fact, David Letterman is a fan of Kid Rock. Letterman sent Kid Rock a letter after he went to Afghanistan that told him he would be proud to have a son like him.
Number Four: Kid Rock Is an OK Golfer
Kid Rock has recently become “hooked” on golf, and since then he has been able to develop his skill. His friend Jamey Johnson says, “I ain’t saying [Kid Rock]’s Tiger Woods or nothing, but when he goes out to play, he wants to accomplish something.”
Number Three: He Is Not Too Big on Giving Speeches
Kid Rock has admitted that he gets very nervous when he has to speak in front of a big group of people. He has even said that he would prefer to sing at a funeral than to speak at one.
Number Two: You Won’t Get a Picture With Him
According to an interview Kid Rock did in March of 2015, he is officially done taking pictures with fans. He is tired of having his picture all over social media without him even realizing it.
Number One: He Knows the Secret to Avoiding Tabloid Disaster
Kid Rock says the secret to avoiding any snafu you make that ends up on a tabloid is to just wait it out. He said, “…I realized, I just wait 24 hours – that’s all you gotta do. And then they’re on to somebody else who f-ed up.” Well said, Kid Rock.