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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
Genre Rap metal, hard rock
Length 4:27 (album version)
3:33 (radio edit)
3:32 (edit)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) RJ Ritchie, Matt Shafer, Jason Krause
Producer(s) Kid Rock with John Travis
Kid Rock singles chronology
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"Bawitdaba" is a song by American musician Kid Rock, from his album Devil Without a Cause. The song helped launch Kid Rock's career and was vital in the rap metal era. The song written in 1997 and described by Rolling Stone Magazine has Grandmaster Flash meets Pantera gave rap metal an identity in the spring of 1999. After rap mixed with metal had been a mixed bag of results since Aerosmith teamed up with Run DMC on the remake of "Walk This Way" in 1987, it along with Limp Bizkit's "Nookie" set the trial for established acts such has Rage Against The Machine and Korn to be rediscovered and for groups like 311 and Red Hot Chili Peppers to reinvent their sound and careers. The song helped usher in bands such has Linkin Park, Saliva, Bloodhound Gang, Papa Roach and Kid Rock's protege Uncle Kracker (although he his more influenced by Kid Rock's "Cowboy"). At the 1999 MTV VMA Awards Kid Rock would perform Bawitdaba and reunite Aerosmith and Run DMC on 'Walk This Way".


The chorus is a mix of old school rap chants. The first part is from rapper Busy Bee, then second part from Sugar Hill Gang on their seminal rap hit "Rapper's Delight". The song rides a long ominous organ intro that leads into a voodoo chant. Then Kid Rock deliver's the iconic bravado intro of "My Name is Kiddddddddd Kid Rock". The song is equal parts thrash metal and psychodelic rock. The vocal delivery is influenced by Rage Against The Machine's Zach De La Rocha. The song is a mosh pit anthem pleading for everyone "to get in the pit and try to love someone".

  • Kid Rock-Lead Vocals
  • Kenny Tudrick-Lead Guitar
  • Jason Krause-Metal Guitar
  • Jimmie Bones- Organ,Synth Bass
  • Stephanie Eulingberg-Drums,Percussion
  • Uncle Kracker-turntables

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

Music Video[edit]

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers.[1]

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 crackheads, while Joe C plays football with a bunch of kids. Sometimes Kid Rock is shown driving a cabriolet with women. At the end the band is playing at the concert surrounded by a crowd of fans and man's head 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.[2]

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 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", in which Kid Rock makes 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".

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 104
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 10


  1. ^ Kid Rock - Bawitdaba (Enhanced Video) at Youtube
  2. ^ "VH1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 

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