Joe C.

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Joe C.
Background information
Birth name Joseph Calleja
Born (1974-11-09)November 9, 1974
Taylor, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Taylor, Michigan, U.S.
Died November 16, 2000(2000-11-16) (aged 26)
Taylor, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, rap rock, rap metal
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1995–2000
Associated acts Kid Rock

Joseph "Joe C." Calleja[1] (November 9, 1974 – November 16, 2000) was an American rapper and musician. His popularity and fame were based on his relationship as hype man and comic relief for fellow rapper Kid Rock.[1]


Calleja was born in Taylor, Michigan. He had coeliac disease,[2] an autoimmune disease that may cause stunting and dwarfism and some complications in rare cases. Because of this, he had a maximum height of 3 ft 9 in (1.1 m) [3] at adult age. His dwarfism resulted in multiple medical problems. In 2000, he said in an interview with John Norris from MTV that he had to take 60 pills daily and required constant medical treatment.[2]


Calleja first met fellow Michigan musician Kid Rock at a concert by the latter in Roseville, Michigan in 1994. Joe C. was first featured on the demo "Cool Daddy Cool" in 1995.

He appeared on television, including a guest role with Kid Rock on the animated series The Simpsons, on the Season 11 episode "Kill The Alligator And Run". Joe C. was a World Wrestling Federation fan and made various references to the WWF stable D-Generation X during concerts. He appeared on the May 18, 2000 edition of WWF Smackdown during a taping in Detroit to drink beer with The Acolytes, and on the May 29 edition of Raw Is War, helping Too Cool win their only WWF Tag Team Championship in 2000 from Edge and Christian.[4]

Calleja became good friends with Justin Jardine and Jonathan Cohen by appearing on several Harlequin Kid and Think Fast! records.


In November 1999, Calleja had to leave the tour with Kid Rock, only appearing in a few programs from this issue. On November 16, 2000, one week after his 26th birthday, Calleja died in his sleep.[2] A solo album was lined up before his death.[2]


  • Devil Without a Cause (1998)
  • "Kyle's Mom is a Big Fat Bitch" on South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Soundtrack (1999)
  • "Early Mornin Stoned Pimp" (2000)
  • Cool Daddy Cool (2000)
  • "Devil Without a Cause" (live album Trucker 2006, recorded on concerts in 2000)
  • "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" (live album Trucker 2006, recorded on concerts in 2000)


  • Cool Daddy Cool (demo) (1995)
  • Heaven (demo) (2000)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kid Rock cohort Joe C. dies". CNN, 20 November 2000.
  2. ^ a b c d MTV News Staff. "Kid Rock sidekick Joe C. dies." MTV News, 20 November 2000. accessed February 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Kid Rock (18 August 1998). Devil Without A Cause. Lava/Atlantic Records. OCLC 41479957. 
  4. ^ "World Tag Team Championships - Too Cool". WWE Official Website. 29 May 2000. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 

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