Robert James Ritchie born January 17, 1971, known professionally as Kid Rock also known as Bobby Shazam, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper.
His style alternates between rock, hip hop, country, and metal. A self-taught musician, he has said that he can play every instrument in his backing band and has overseen production on all but two of his albums.
Kid Rock started his music career as a rapper and DJ, releasing his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast (1990) on Jive Records.
His subsequent independent releases The Polyfuze Method (1993) and Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp (1996) saw him developing a more distinctive style, which was fully realized on his breakthrough album Devil Without a Cause (1998), which sold 14 million copies.
Kid Rock Parents: Meet Susan, William Ritchie
Kid Rock was born Robert James Ritchie in Romeo, Michigan, on January 17, 1971, the son of Susan and William Ritchie, who owned multiple car dealerships.
He was raised in his father’s 5,628-square-foot (522.9 m2) home on a 6-acre (2.4-hectare) property, where he regularly helped his family pick apples and care for their horses.
His younger sister, Jill Ritchie, is an actress. In the 1980s, he became interested in hip hop, began to breakdance, and taught himself how to rap and DJ while performing in talent shows in and around Detroit.