Cocky is Kid Rock's fifth album released with Atlantic Records, his fifth studio album overall, released in 2001. This is Kid Rock's first album where he takes a turn as a country singer. The release of "Picture" featuring Sheryl Crow revived the struggling album in 2003, and in May 2011 it was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. It has sold 5,344,000 copies in the US as of December 2013.
The album was in tribute to Joe C who died the year before. There were 75 songs written for the album, 30 of them were recorded as a song for the album. One of the recorded songs that didn't make the album was "If I Was President", a standard blues song that he plays frequently in concert. Another song left off the album was "In Your Lifetime", which was a eulogy to Joe C. "Picture" received a CMA nomination in 2003 for Vocal Event of the Year and would go on to be his first gold single.
The album's 1st single was the rap rock boasting "Forever". The song charted at #18 on mainstream rock & #21 Modern Rock. It was also a Top 40 hit in Australia (#27) and Top 100 Hit in Sweden (#75). The 2nd single was the ballad "Lonely Road Of Faith", released in January 2002. The song was heavily promoted by WWE in the video tribute to the History of WWE. The song would peak at #15 on the mainstream rock tracks. In July 2002, "You Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me" was released to radio and peaked at #32 on the mainstream rock tracks. The albums final single revived a struggling "Cocky". Kid Rock released "Picture" in November 2002 with Allison Moorer. The original version was recorded with Sheryl Crow, but Sheryl Crow management wanted nothing to do with Kid Rock. As the Allison Moorer version began climbing the country charts, Sheryl Crow's people changed their minds. The Sheryl Crow version was released in January 2003. It would become Kid Rock's first crossover hit charting at #4 on the Hot 100, No #5 on the Top 40, #2 AC & #17 at country radio. The single would be certified gold and spend 52 weeks on top the Country Singles Sales Chart and it also peaked at #1 on the U.S. Singles Sales charts and #2 on the Canada Singles Sales Charts. The song would be Sheryl Crow's second most successful single after "All I Wanna Do".
A clean version is also available, removing most vulgarity, as well as the song "WCSR". Also, the clean version of the disc says "Kid Rock" and has a picture of Kid Rock's Face on the disc face, while the un-edited version has an image of two hands with raised middle fingers (a callback to Devil Without a Cause which featured a single hand making the same gesture) as well as also saying Kid Rock. The edited version of Cocky also renames track 8 "You Never Met A White Boy Quite Like Me".