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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 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"
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"Bawitdaba" is a song by American singer-songwriter and rapper Kid Rock, the third single off his Atlantic Records debut Devil Without A Cause, released in 1998.

The song was noted for its mix of rap and metal with the use of sampling. Rolling Stone described the sound as "Grandmaster Flash meets Pantera". "Bawitdaba" became Kid Rock's breakout single, earning him airplay on MTV and a Gold certification for his album.


"Bawitdaba" has themes from thrash metal and psychedelic rock. The chorus of the song is a mix of old school rap chants. The first part is from the rapper Busy Bee, and the second part is from the group Sugar Hill Gang on their seminal rap hit "Rapper's Delight". The song rides a long ominous organ intro that leads into the chorus. Kid Rock delivers the iconic bravado intro of "My Name is Kiiiiiiid. Kid Rock". The song is a mosh pit anthem pleading for everyone "to get in the pit and try to love someone." The demo versions didn't say "My Name Is Kid Rock" but had a deep voiced man say "Come On Motherfuckers" with a demented laugh. The demos also said to "kill someone" instead of "love someone". The radio edit also didn't say "My Name Is Kid Rock" but had the same voice say "Kid Rock is in the house".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers.[6]

The video was shot in a field featuring various tricks on bikes. It also has scenes from a trailer park with Kid Rock walking with a hooker and junkies, while Joe C plays football with a group of children. At times, Kid Rock is shown driving a cabriolet with women. Towards the end of the video the band is playing a concert surrounded by a crowd of fans and a man's head is sticking out of the ground.

Awards and honors[edit]

The song was nominated for one Grammy Awards in 2000 (Best Hard Rock Performance) and it peaked at No. 10 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, No. 11 on the Modern Rock Charts, and No. 104 on the Hot 100 on July 13, 1999. In 2009, it was named the 47th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

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


A live version of the song was included on the Woodstock 1999 compilation album. A remixed version entitled "Bawitdaba (lower than you remix)" can be found on the 'Ready To Rumble' motion picture soundtrack.


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


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 25, 1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "They Did It All for the Nookie: Decibel Explores the Rise and Fall of Nu-Metal". Decibel.  (August 13th, 2005). Retrieved on September 15th, 2015
  3. ^ "26 Nu Metal Workout Songs".  May 28th, 2015. Retrieved on September 8th, 2015
  4. ^ Josh Chesler. "10 Nu-Metal Songs That Actually Don't Suck". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ " Nu Metal - Kid Rock - Bawitdaba". 
  6. ^ Kid Rock - Bawitdaba (Enhanced Video) at Youtube
  7. ^ "VH1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
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