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,[1] hard rock, rap metal[2]
Length 71:12
Label Lava/Atlantic
Producer Kid Rock with John Travis
Kid Rock chronology
Early Morning Stoned Pimp
Devil Without a Cause
The History of Rock
Singles from Devil Without a Cause
  1. "Welcome 2 the Party (Ode 2 the Old School)"
    Released: July 30, 1998
  2. "I Am the Bullgod"
    Released: November 23, 1998
  3. "Bawitdaba"
    Released: April 8, 1999
  4. "Cowboy"
    Released: August 17, 1999
  5. "Only God Knows Why"
    Released: October 9, 1999
  6. "Wasting Time"
    Released: January 25, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (1.3/10)[4]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]

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".[1]

The album was certified 11 times Platinum by the RIAA by April 2003.[6] It is Kid Rock's best-selling album, and as of December 2013, it has sold 9,300,000 copies in the US.[7]

Initially Atlantic Records was not sold on the idea of signing Kid Rock based on the strength of his material. Rock then entered the studio and cut a two-song demo tape featuring "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 after hearing the tracks.

The song "Bawitdaba" helped increase the popularity of rap metal along with the band Limp Bizkit and their track "Nookie". This led to the success of new groups like Linkin Park, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Everlast and Saliva. "Cowboy" also aided in ushering in the then-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 did not understand 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. Rock wrote the first four lines of the song in jail after being arrested for a bar fight he got into while celebrating being signed to Atlantic. 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".

A chance meeting at a New York dance club with MTV VJ Carson Daly jump-started Rock's career after Daly got him a spot at the 1998 Fashionably Loud event performing "Welcome 2 the Party" and "Bawitdaba", which exposed Rock to the US. In the Spring of '99 Daly made Rock the DJ for his Spring Break special and a judge on Say What? Karaoke. Rock later released "Bawitdaba" to radio and reached the charts worldwide, with Woodstock '99 helping him achieve further success.


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 did not garner any attention until "I Am the Bullgod" was released; the single peaked at number 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 number 4, but nevertheless was successful on rock radio, peaking at number 10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 11 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.

"Cowboy", the fourth single, charted at number 82 on the Hot 100 and number 34 on the Mainstream Top 40, as well as number 5 on the Modern Rock Tracks and number 10 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. The fifth single was "Only God Knows Why", which charted at number 19 on the Hot 100 and number 6 on the Mainstream Top 40, with peaks of number 5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 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 number 35.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bawitdaba"   Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, Jason Krause 4:27
2. "Cowboy"   Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, John Travis, James Trombly 4:17
3. "Devil Without a Cause" (featuring Joe C.) Kenny Olson, Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, Too $hort, Larry Smith, Jalil "Whodini" Hutchins 5:32
4. "I Am the Bullgod"   Kid Rock 4:50
5. "Roving Gangster (Rollin')"   Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, Mark Morales, Darren Robinson, Andy Nehra, Damon Wimbley 4:24
6. "Wasting Time"   Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, Lindsey Buckingham 4:02
7. "Welcome 2 the Party (Ode 2 the Old School)"   Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland 5:14
8. "I Got One for Ya'" (featuring Robert Bradley) Kenny Olson, Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, John Travis, Jerry Williams 3:43
9. "Somebody's Gotta Feel This"   Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, Kenny Olson, John Travis 3:09
10. "Fist of Rage"   Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, John Travis 3:23
11. "Only God Knows Why"   Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, John Travis 5:27
12. "Fuck Off" (featuring Eminem) Kid Rock, Matthew Shafer, Marshall Mathers, Jason Krause 6:13
13. "Where U at Rock"   Kid Rock 4:24
14. "Black Chick, White Guy / I Am the Bullgod (Remix)" (Part 1 ends at 7:07 and Part 2 begins at 7:10) Kid Rock 12:01

A clean version is also available, removing most profanity as well as the songs "Fuck Off" and "Black Chick, White Guy". The clean version of the disc also features a black background with "Kid Rock" printed on the disc, while the unedited version features an image of Kid Rock's hand with a raised middle finger (the disc of Kid Rock's next album Cocky would later feature both of Rock's hands making the same gesture) with 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)
  • "Cowboy"
  • "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)



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rap-Rock | Significant Albums, Artists and Songs | AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (May 25, 1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1998-08-18). "Devil Without a Cause – Kid Rock | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Kid Rock: Devil Without A Cause: Pitchfork Review". 2001-12-23. Archived from the original on 2001-12-23. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Kid Rock: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  7. ^ Paul Grein (December 11, 2013). "A Britney Spears Bummer: New Album Fizzles". Yahoo Music.