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Bawitdaba single.jpg
Single by Kid Rock
from the album Devil Without a Cause
B-side "My Oedipus Complex", "Krack Rocks", "Paid", "I Am the Bullgod" (acoustic)
Released April 8, 1999 (1999-04-08)
Recorded 1998 at 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"

"I Am the Bullgod"
Audio sample

"Bawitdaba" is a song by Kid Rock. Released in 1998 on his fourth studio album, Devil Without a Cause, "Bawitdaba" helped push the success of the album. It became one of his most popular and acclaimed songs.


"Bawitdaba" has been described as having a nu metal sound.[1][2] Its chorus has been described as a "neo-gregorian drone"; this chorus was derived from hip hop chants, such as the refrain from the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight".[4][5] The lyrics of the song are dedicated to "chicks with beepers", the I.R.S., as well as "all the crackheads, the critics, the cynics / And all my heroes in the methadone clinic."[6]

In the demo recording of the song, Kid Rock shouts, "Now get in the pit and try to kill someone!"[6] On the album version, Kid Rock changed the lyrics, replacing the word "kill" with "love". Regarding the change, Kid Rock told the Baltimore Sun that he was glad he changed the lyrics, explaining that mosh pits are about coexistence.[6]


Kid Rock's breakout hit single, "Bawitdaba" is considered to be one of his best songs.[4][7][8]

In 2009, "Bawitdaba" was named the 47th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[9]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Bawitdaba"
  2. "Bawitdaba" (Instrumental)
  3. "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

Credits and personnel[edit]


Chart (1999–2001) Peak
Danish Singles Chart 84
German Singles Chart 84
UK Singles Chart 41
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 4
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 10


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