The History of Rock is a compilation album released by Kid Rock in 2000, as the unofficial follow up to Devil Without a Cause. After acquiring the rights to his indie-label recordings, Rock decided to release a compilation of older material. The album contains material from the albums The Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp. The liner notes state that Rock re-recorded the songs from Polyfuze because he couldn't find the master recordings, and "remixed and touched up" the EMSP tracks to show how they would've sounded if Rock had the money to record them properly at the time. There are also three previously unreleased songs from those album sessions ("Born 2 Be a Hick" from the Polyfuze sessions in 1992, "Dark and Grey" and "Abortion" from the EMSP sessions in 1994). The only new tracks were "American Bad Ass", which was the first single from the album, and "Fuck That", which had been used previously for the Any Given Sundaysoundtrack. "Fuck U Blind" was re-written from the original version. He gave the tracks "Prodigal Son" and "My Oedipus Complex" a more southern rock feel even though they both sample Led Zeppelin songs. "3 Sheets To The Wind" had a verse removed from the original, otherwise sounds exactly the same. Surprisingly "Born 2 B A Hick" is a 50's boogie rock style song and "Abortion" is blues song. "Early Mornin Stoned Pimp" was used in the movie Road Trip and "3 Sheets To The Wind" was used in the movie Matchstick Men.
A clean version of the album is also available, removing all of the profanity and the song "Fuck U Blind". The clean version of the album also removes the quote inside the cover, "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" (a callback to the title of the album of the same name.)
"American Bad Ass" was the only released single from the album. It would peak at No. 20 on mainstream rock charts and No. 33 on modern rock charts. It would chart at No. 25 in the U.K., No. 26 in Germany, and No. 81 in Denmark.
Partially due to that single's radio success, the album itself managed a peak of No. 2 on the U.S. album chart, his highest-charting album until 2007's Rock N Roll Jesus, which topped the chart.