Devil Without a Cause
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|Devil Without a Cause|
|Studio album by Kid Rock|
|Released||August 18, 1998|
|Recorded||September 1997 – July 1998|
|Genre||Rap rock, hard rock, rap metal|
|Label||Lava / Atlantic|
|Producer||Kid Rock with John Travis|
|Kid Rock chronology|
|Pitchfork Media||(1.3/10) |
Devil Without a Cause is Kid Rock's fourth album. Produced by Kid Rock with John Travis, it was released in 1998 by Atlantic Records. It is Kid Rock's last album to be categorized as "hip hop" before crossing over to more traditional rock music. Allmusic labeled the album as a "rap-rock masterpiece".
Initially Atlantic Record wasn't sold on the idea of signing Kid Rock, they weren't sure on the strength of material. He hit the studio and cut a 2 song demo tape. "Somebody's Gotta Feel This" and "I Got One For Ya" with Robert Bradley. Jason Flom immediately signed him and the band for 100,000 dollars after hearing those tracks.
The song "Bawitdaba" was landmark in the movement of rap metal along with the band Limp Bizkit and "Nookie". Prior to the two songs the genre had been hit and miss, with mainly rock groups teaming with rap groups. The lone exception was Faith No More's "Epic" in 1991. This helped bands like Rage Against The Machine (1992) and Korn (1994) finally take off. This led to the success of new groups like Linkin Park, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Bloodhound Gang, Everlast and Saliva. "Cowboy" was also landmark ushering in an entire new genre "country rap" or "hick hop". The song has gone on to influence Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Uncle Kracker, Gretchen Wilson, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church, Rehab, Moonshine Bandits and Colt Ford.
Originally "Cowboy", "Devil Without A Cause" and "Only God Knows Why" were rejected by Atlantic Records. The label didn't get a rap song about a cowboy and wanted him to take the "I'm going platinum" line out of the title track. "Only God Knows Why" was too country; they wanted a pure rock album. He wrote the first 4 lines of the song in jail after being arrested celebrating being signed to Atlantic after a bar fight. The song "Wasting Time" documented his frustrations with the label after he developed writer's block. Because of this he brought back four old tracks. "I Am The Bullgod" from 1993's Fire It Up EP, "Roving Gangster (Rollin)", a demo left off "Early Mornin Stoned Pimp", as well as "Where U At Rock" and "Black Chick, White Guy" off EMSP. The album got its first exposure on the video game "Road Rash 3D"; it used "Somebody's Gotta Feel This".
Devil stumbled out of the blocks but a chance meeting at a New York dance club with MTV VJ Carson Daly jump-started his career. Daly got him a spot on 1998 Fashionably Loud performing "Welcome 2 The Party" and "Bawitdaba", giving the nation the first glimpse of Kid Rock. In The Spring of '99 Daly made Rock the DJ for his Spring Break special and he was a judge on Say What Karaoke. He then released "Bawitdaba" to radio and blew up. Woodstock '99 would put him on the map for good, though, as a worldwide nation got to see him perform live.
The album's lead single was the rap anthem "Welcome 2 the Party (Ode 2 the Old School)", which failed to find success. The album didn't garner any attention until "I Am the Bullgod" was released; the single peaked at #31 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and garnered the attention of MTV.
"Bawitdaba", the third single, bubbled under the Billboard Hot 100 at #4, but nevertheless was successful on rock radio, peaking at #10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and #11 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
"Cowboy", the fourth single, charted at #82 on the Hot 100 and #34 on the Mainstream Top 40, as well as #5 on the Modern Rock Tracks and #10 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. The fifth single was "Only God Knows Why", which charted at #19 on the Hot 100 and #6 on the Mainstream Top 40, with peaks of #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and #13 on the Modern Rock Tracks. Finally, the album's sixth and final single was "Wasting Time", which was a minor mainstream rock hit at #35.
A clean version is also available, removing most profanity as well as the songs "Fuck Off" and "Black Chick, White Guy". Also, the clean version of the disc says "Kid Rock" and just has a black background on the disc face, while the unedited version has an image of a hand with a raised middle finger (a call-up to Cocky which featured two hands making the same gesture) and there is no text on the disc.
- Bawitdaba (test version)
- Cowboy (test version)
- I Am the Bullgod (test version)
- Wasting Time (test version)
- I got One for Ya' (test version)
- Somebody's Gotta Feel This (test version)
- Bawitdaba ("Kill Someone" version)
- Devil Without a Cause (without Joe C.)
- Wasting Time
- I Got One for Ya
- Only God Knows Why
- Fuck Off (unedited)
- I'm a Dog (released on Kid Rock's Cocky album, due to sampling clearance not granted)
- "Devil Without a Cause"
- "Roving Gangster (Rollin')"
- "Wasting Time"
- "Welcome 2 the Party (Ode 2 the old school)"
- "I Got One For Ya'"
- "Somebody's Gotta Feel This"
- "Fist Of Rage"
- "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin (bass line)
- "Only God Knows Why"
- "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam (bass line)
- "Fuck Off"
- "N.I.B." by Black Sabbath (guitar intro)
- "Where U at Rock"
- "Rock the House" by the B Boys (vocal sample only)
- "Black Chick, White Guy"
- Kid Rock – lead vocals, guitar, banjo, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, bass
- Jimmy Bones – keyboard, organ, piano, arp, synth bass
- Joe C. – vocals
- Stefanie Eulinberg – drums, percussion
- Shirley "P-Funk" Hayden – background vocals
- Jason Krause – guitar
- Misty Love – background vocals
- Kenny Olson – lead guitar
- Uncle Kracker – turntables, background vocals
- Eminem – vocals on "Fuck Off"
- Kenny Tudrick – guitar, drums
- Matt O'Brien – Bass
- Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise – vocals on "I Got One for Ya"
- Thornetta Davis – vocals on "Wasting Time"
- Peter Filias – Webmaster
- Rap-Rock | Significant Albums, Artists and Songs | AllMusic
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