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 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.

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" (song ends at 7:07; and the
incorporated hidden track "I am the Bullgod (remix)" 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". 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.




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  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. 
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