Our lesson begins in the small town of Romeo Michigan 1985. Several years ago
Deep on the West side of Detroit
I rank souly with old and new school rules of hip hop
Don Balaw, Wes Chill and my DJ JC fresh
Rockin’ microphones and turn tables day by day, and night by night
But still the force was not complete
That’s when we met our homeboy by the name of Kid Rock
Others had doubts of the lad because he was white
But i knew what time it was
So i put him behind the tables and this is all he had to say
F@&$, f@&$, f@&$, f@&$, f@&$…. f off!
This is the History Of Rock!. – Wes Chill
In his hit song Detroit, Michigan, a 2012 release off his album Rebel Soul, Kid Rock honors many great African-Americans from Detroit. This is just one example of his lifelong connection and commitment to the black community, a far cry from the leftists cries of Trump related “racism” we hear in the news today.
From the song Detroit, Michigan:
Ya heard about Marvin Gaye, we got him
Can I get a witness?
How sweet it is
When ya hear our thunderin’ sound
The Queen of Soul
And that old time rock n roll
The Big Three baby and the finest cars
Detroit’s Hitsville USA is responsible for Motown Records who signed and produced the most influential African-American singers and Songwriters of all time!
Yet, because of his patriotism, his support for Trump, and his potential GOP Senate bid, Kid Rock has been attacked and accused on multiple fronts with accusations of being racist. Anyone who has followed the life and career of Kid Rock knows these allegations cannot be further from the truth.
Robert James Ritchie aka Kid Rock was born on January 17, 1971, in Romeo, Michigan.
Ritchie found small-town life dull and became interested in rap music, learning how to breakdance and participating in talent shows in the Detroit area. 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 deejayed at parties for beer. He eventually joined Bo Wisdom of Groove Time Productions in Mount 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. Clemens at 15 and stayed with his friend Chris Pouncy. During this time he sold drugs out of a car wash at which he worked, for a local drug gang known as the “Best Friends”.
Kid Rock grew up and started his Music career in Detroit. Slapping hands, bumping fists and hanging out in the streets of Detroit as he worked and made his way through the music scene.
Some of his best friends growing up were black, introducing him to the hip-hop and rap scene and influencing his musical roots with the intertwined, deep hip-hop funk and soul that his music is known for.
In an attempt to keep the kids out of trouble, a man in the neighborhood organized a rap group, composed of its founder The Blackman, ChampTown, KDC, Chris “Doc Roun-Cee” Pouncy, and Bob. They were known as “The Beast Crew”.
While performing, Rock befriended producer D-Nice of the 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 that developed into a full record contract.
Against his parents’ wishes, Rock signed the deal at age 17.
After countless ins and outs with multiple record labels and studios Kid Rock decided to form his own band, Twisted Brown Trucker under his own label Top Dog Records.
Finally in control, he put together a band unlike anything ever heard before, with a fusion of Rock, Funk, Hip-hop, Country and Soul which is the essence of Michigan.
Kid Rock is one of Detroit’s biggest advocates and philanthropists, constantly promoting the city, helping out in the communities and donating to multiple charities. He has even sponsored a scholarship program awarded by the NAACP and is a deputy reservist in the police force of Oakley, County.
As the Main Stream Media will not show, Kid Rock is loved by many and hated by few. To those that really know him and that take the time to figure him out he is a kind, down to earth, great American and Michigander. He will always be welcome here, as he is a true hero not only to Detroit but the entire state of Michigan.