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While Kid Rock was unquestionably the rock 'n' roll story of 1999 with the explosive success of his Top Dog/Lava/Atlantic debut, DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE, it's important to remember that this envelope-pushing artist comes equipped with a vital history. That said, 2000 marks the release of this specially assembled Kid Rock compilation, comprised of dramatically reworked tracks from the artist's THE POLYFUZE METHOD (1993) and EARLY MORNIN' STONED PIMP (1996) albums - along with a previously unreleased, rafter-rattling recording "American Bad Ass" featuring samples of Metallica's "Sad But True." From these kick ass archives come such gems as the Superfly-flavored "E.M.S.P.," the cool-flowing "Paid," and the gangsta-styled "Ya' Keep On" - all remixed, revamped and unrelenting. It's here that Detroit's Pimp of The Nation is found mastering his verbal skills as well as laying down the genre-busting jams that would soon blow the doors open when brought to bear on his break-out, RIAA seven-times-platinum DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Hear where it all began! Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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The History of Rock arrives as the sort of superstardom-celebrating release that can buy a hot-selling artist time. (Think, say, G N' R Lies.) After 8 million (and counting) sales of 1998's Devil Without a Cause, the trailer-rockin' rapper is out to remind the world that it hardly started there. Mostly drawn, and often retooled, from his out-of-print Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, these tracks display a "funky country hick" already on point with his knowing, hardheaded combo of old-school beats and classic-rock guitars. An "American Bad Ass" for sure, but also an artist who could come only from America, Kid Rock brings the noise--not to mention the bread and the circus. --Rickey Wright

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listen  1. Intro [Explicit] 1:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. American Bad A** [Explicit] 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prodigal Son [Explicit] 6:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Paid [Explicit] 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp (feat. Joe C. And Tino) [Explicit] 7:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dark & Grey [Explicit] 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 3 Sheets To The Wind (What's My Name) [Explicit] 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Abortion [Explicit] 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Wanna Go Back [Explicit] 5:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ya' Keep On [Explicit] 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. F*ck That [Explicit] 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. F*ck You Blind [Explicit] 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Born 2 B A Hick [Explicit] 1:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. My Oedipus Complex (feat. Twisted Brown Trucker) [Explicit] 8:19$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava
  • ASIN: B00004TCPN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following the success of 2012’s “Rebel Soul” and the accompanying “$20 Best Night Ever Tour,” Kid Rock wasted no time getting back to work in the studio. The massive touring on the last album cycle allowed Kid Rock to play in front of over 550,000 people in one summer, and left him energized to write and record new material without taking much of a break. ... Read more in Amazon's Kid Rock Store

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This CD is a must for a Kid...or rock fan.
"gr8erthangr8"
It's not my style music for one, the white trash, and the profanity it just not necessary and really makes they guy unlikeable.
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So if you can't decide whether or not to buy this CD, buy it!
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. I would caution people who loved "Devil" that this is nothing like it. This is an album of old material--Being from Detroit I already own all his old albums, and this is good because he added some things and re-recorded others. I hope people don't view this as a follow-up to Devil-- U may be dissapointed. This gives fans an opportunity to hear the tunes that made him a local legend. The album shifts from rap to rock and all things in between. This is a strange record because most artists don't give you a prelude to a successful album. this is the work that eventually led to Devil. Is it as good as Devil? I don't know Devil was so fresh and these are old songs. I hope people will listen to it for what it is a young kid making demos trying to understand himself and what he wants to say as an artist. EMSP, Prodigal Son, and I wanna go back are my personal favorites. For those who have heard the original work--I must say the original Oedipus is a lot better then the version on this album as is paid and 3 sheets to the wind. That being said--I believe it's an album worth buying and cranking to the fullest. I want a NEW album soon, though.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This cd is awesome. Every single song is good. It is kind of like a Kid Rock greatest hits album. Kid Rock has 2 out of print albums called "The Polyfuze Method" and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp." This cd has 4 songs from each one of them. It also has 2 songs from 1994 that were never released and 2 new songs. My favorite song is "American Bad A**." It really gets you fired up. "Prodigal Son" is about Kid Rock leaving home and working his way up. "Paid" and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" are pure old school rap. But they are still great songs. "Dark & Grey" is totally heavy metal. It has a guitar introduction for about a minute at the beginning of the song. "3 Sheets To The Wind" is my second favorite song. The sound effects are really cool. "Abortion" is a very slow, sad song. Kid Rock is talking and apologizing to a baby that he and his girlfriend aborted. "I Wanna Go Back" is also pure old school rap, but not as much as "Paid" and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp." It is about Kid Rock getting started with his music career, and about how he lived back in Detroit. "F*** You Blind" is probably my third favorite song. If you get offend easily, don't listen to this song, especially not the chorus. The last song, "My Oedipus Complex," is probably the deepest song on this album. It is about Kid Rock's troubled relationship with his father. So there you have it. This cd rules. You can listen to some clips of songs on amazon, and if you like them, go buy the cd. It's worth it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Skippy_4_life on October 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Kid Rock is a very talented singer. He can rap, rock, or sing sentimentally if he has to. Didn't anybody hear him sing "Free Bird" on Howard Stern? How about his world famous "Only God Knows Why"? However, when he first broke out, it was pure old school rap. Nothin' wrong with that, in my opinion! This CD is a great compliation album because not only is it some of his best early songs, but they have been remixed and/or re-recorded. What Kid Rock fan could ask for more? I would reccommend that fans who are new to Kid Rock listen to "Devil Without a Cause" first because the stuff on that CD is fresher and more radio friendly. Anyway, best tracks:
American Badass: A nice, hard, in your face metal-rap song. Sure to be a classic in years to come.
Prodigal Son- Nice mix of rap and rock with a strong chorus.
Dark & Grey- Maybe it's because I am a sucker for heavy metal guitar.
What's my name?- I love this song! I like the chorus especially with the cool sound effect.
Abortion- Nice sentimental song. No cursing!
F**k that- Fresh sounds and beats. Seems out of place on this album!
My Oedpius Complex- Very deep song!
Honorable Mention: Ya' Keep On (because he says "It's all good!" LOL) and Born 2 be a hick (I can relate to it :) )
All in all, a listenable CD. However, Kid Rock's best performances are always his live ones and the one song of his I like most is his version of "A country boy can survive". Oh well, maybe he will add that one to his new album. Personally, I'd like to hear more slow songs from Kid Rock because rap gets old after a while!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian on July 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Yes it is different in style to DWAC, it is a lot more rock than DWAC. The songs all sound different too. The lyrics are deeper than the DWAC lyrics.I like "American Badass" myself but, some people think it is just a copy of his other songs with an ode to classic rock mixed in. Here is what I think the best songs are.
Prodigal Sun- the usual "I left home and worked my way up" song. Rap chorus rock hook.
Dark & Gray- sounds "I am the Bullgod".
Abortion- Fans of "Only God Knows Why" will like this. I'm not sure, but I think he is talking to the baby he said he and his girlfriend aborted in "Black Chic, White Guy" on DWAC. He appears apologetic and suicidal, far from his usual I'm drunk and ready to fight songs.
I wanna go back- a story about his getting a start in Detroit
Born 2 Be a Hick- It's Kid Rock singing Rockabilly. For the last year he has made his image as someone "straight out the Trailer." Well, this song was recorded in 1992 and is basically Redneck jokes put to music.
My Oedipus Complex- it is about Kid Rock's hate for his dad. Half of it is "Only God Knows Why" style, and the other half is "Bawitabaw" style. Fans of Eminem's "Kim" will like this.
If you grew up on Lynyrd Skynyrd and NWA get this
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