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Single by Kid Rock
from the album Devil Without a Cause
B-side "Prodigal Son"
Released April 8, 1999 (1999-04-08)
Recorded Temper Mill Studios, Detroit, Michigan
Length 4:27 (album version)
3:33 (radio edit)
3:32 (edit)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Jason Krause
Producer(s) Kid Rock, John Travis
Kid Rock singles chronology
"I Am the Bullgod"
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"Bawitdaba" is a song by an American singer-songwriter and rapper Kid Rock, released on the album of Devil Without a Cause. Written in 1997 and described by Rolling Stone Magazine as "Grandmaster Flash meets Pantera," it helped to establish "rap metal" as a separate rock genre in the spring of 1999.

Rap had been mixed with metal before, starting with Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C.'s collaboration on the remake of "Walk This Way" in 1987. Bawitdaba, along with Limp Bizkit's "Nookie", paved the way for the re-discovery of the music of established acts such as Rage Against The Machine and Korn. The song helped usher in bands such as Linkin Park, Saliva, Bloodhound Gang, Papa Roach and Kid Rock's protege, Uncle Kracker (although his music was more influenced by Kid Rock's "Cowboy"). At the 1999 MTV VMA Awards, Kid Rock performed Bawitdaba and reunited Aerosmith and Run D.M.C. on "Walk This Way".


The chorus is a mix of old school rap chants. The first part is from the rapper Busy Bee, and the second part is from the group Sugar Hill Gang on their seminal rap hit "Rapper's Delight". The song rides a long ominous organ intro that leads into the chorus. Kid Rock delivers the iconic bravado intro of, "My Name is Kiddddddd Kid Rock". "Bawitdaba" is equal parts thrash metal and psychedelic rock. The song is a mosh pit anthem pleading for everyone "to get in the pit and try to love someone."

The song was performed during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in 2004.

Music Video[edit]

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers.[3]

The video was shot in a field featuring various tricks on bikes. It also has scenes from a trailer park with Kid Rock walking with a hooker and junkies, while Joe C plays football with a group of children. At times, Kid Rock is shown driving a cabriolet with women. Towards the end of the video, the band is playing at the concert surrounded by a crowd of fans and a man's head is sticking out of the ground.

Awards and honors[edit]

The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2000 (Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance) and it peaked at No. 10 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, No. 11 on the Modern Rock Charts, and No. 104 on the Hot 100 on July 13, 1999. In 2009, it was named the 47th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[4]

Other appearances in popular culture[edit]

"Weird Al" Yankovic covered this song as part of his "Angry White Boy Polka" from his 2003 album Poodle Hat. It is also features prominently in the pilot episode of the crime drama TV series The Shield.

The song was also played in the The Simpsons episode "Kill the Alligator and Run", where Kid Rock made a guest appearance.

It was played in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift during the first race of the movie.

It was featured in the trailer to the 1999 football drama Any Given Sunday.

It was also used in the movie Ready to Rumble.

It was used in the Hawaii Five-0 episode "The Favor".

The song intro was used in the 2009 Robin Williams HBO stand-up comedy special "Weapons of Self Destruction".

It was featured in the trailer for WWE 2K15.

Track Listing[edit]

CD Single[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba"
  2. "Cowboy"

CD Single (German)[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba" (edit) 3:32
  2. "Bawitdaba" (album version) 4:25
  3. "I Am the Bullgod" (live, electro-acoustic version) 5:28

Import CD Single 1 of 3 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba" (radio edit)
  2. "My Oedipus Complex" (father edit)
  3. "My Oedipus Complex" (son edit)
  4. "Bawitdaba" (Enhanced Video)

Import CD Single 2 of 3 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba"
  2. "Cowboy"
  3. "Prodigal Son"
  4. "Cowboy" (Enhanced Video)

Import CD Single 3 of 3 (European)[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba" (radio edit)
  2. "I Am the Bullgod"
  3. "Paid"
  4. "I Am the Bullgod" (Enhanced Video)

"Krack Rocks" single[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba" (radio mix)
  2. "Krack Rocks"
  3. "I Am the Bullgod" (remix)

Promo Single #1[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba" (radio remix) 3:18
  2. "Bawitdaba" (original radio mix) 3:31

Promo Single #2[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba" (edit) 3:32
  2. "Bawitdaba" (album version) 4:25


A live version of the song was included on the Woodstock 1999 compilation album. A remixed version entitled "Bawitdaba (lower than you remix)" can be found on the 'Ready To Rumble' motion picture soundtrack.


Chart (1999/2001) Peak
Danish Singles Chart 84
German Singles Chart 84
UK Singles Chart 41
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 4
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 10


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 25, 1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Kid Rock - Bawitdaba (Enhanced Video) at Youtube
  4. ^ "VH1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 

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