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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
  • 4:27 (album version)
  • 3:33 (radio edit)
  • 3:32 (edit)
Label Atlantic
  • Kid Rock
  • John Travis
Kid Rock singles chronology
"I Am the Bullgod"
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"Bawitdaba" is a song by American singer-songwriter and rapper Kid Rock. This song is one of 6 singles of Rock's 1998 album Devil Without a Cause. The Rolling Stone Magazine described Bawitdaba as "Grandmaster Flash meets Pantera". This song is one of the very few which helped to establish "rap metal" as a separate rock genre.

This song's unique style and new sounds from the mixing of genres of rap and metal helped it stand out. This was not the first time rap had been mixed with metal, however- Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C.'s collaborated on the remake of "Walk This Way" in 1987. This song was one of the few that drove the rediscovery of music of established acts such as Rage Against The Machine and Korn. It was also known to have influenced bands such as Linkin Park, Saliva, Bloodhound Gang, Papa Roach and Kid Rock's protege, Uncle Kracker.

At the 1999 MTV VMA Awards, Kid Rock performed Bawitdaba and reunited with Aerosmith and Run D.M.C. on "Walk This Way".


"Bawitdaba" has themes from thrash metal and psychedelic rock. The chorus of the song 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". 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]

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 (July 23 2002, 1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
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  3. ^ Kid Rock - Bawitdaba (Enhanced Video) at Youtube
  4. ^ "VH1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 

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