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History of Rock, the Best of, Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (May 30 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Lava
  • ASIN: B00004TCPN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews
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1. American bad ass
2. Fuck that
3. Killin' brain cells
4. Prodigal son
5. 3 sheets to the wind
6. Back from the dead
7. Oedipus complex
8. Early morning stoned pimp
9. I wanna go back
10. Paid
11. Detroit thang
12. Ya' keep on
13. My name is rock

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While Kid Rock was unquestionably the rock 'n' roll story of 1999 with the explosive success of his Top Dog/Lava/Atlantic debut, DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE, it's important to remember that this envelope-pushing artist comes equipped with a vital history. That said, 2000 marks the release of this specially assembled Kid Rock compilation, comprised of dramatically reworked tracks from the artist's THE POLYFUZE METHOD (1993) and EARLY MORNIN' STONED PIMP (1996) albums - along with a previously unreleased, rafter-rattling recording "American Bad Ass" featuring samples of Metallica's "Sad But True." From these kick ass archives come such gems as the Superfly-flavored "E.M.S.P.," the cool-flowing "Paid," and the gangsta-styled "Ya' Keep On" - all remixed, revamped and unrelenting. It's here that Detroit's Pimp of The Nation is found mastering his verbal skills as well as laying down the genre-busting jams that would soon blow the doors open when brought to bear on his break-out, RIAA seven-times-platinum DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Hear where it all began! Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)


The History Of Rock arrives as the sort of superstardom-celebrating release that can buy a hot-selling artist time. (Think, say, G N'R Lies.) After 8 million (and counting) sales of 1998's Devil Without A Cause, the trailer-rockin' rapper is out to remind the world that it hardly started there. Mostly drawn, and often retooled, from his out-of-print Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, these tracks display a "funk country hick" already on point with his knowing, hardheaded combo of old-school beats and classic-rock guitars. An "American bad ass" for sure, but also an artist who could come only from America, Kid Rock brings the noise--not to mention the bread and the circus. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
You'd never know it from his recent Best New Artist Grammy nomination, but Kid Rock has been around for more than a decade, peddling his blend of Southern-rock aggression and mack-daddy posturing to critics and audiences who were ambivalent at best and hostile at worst. That all changed with 1998's Devil Without A Cause, a testosterone-heavy blast of redneck rap-metal that captured the pop-culture zeitgeist and made rock-star indulgences such as History Of Rock and protege/collaborator Uncle Kracker's major-label debut possible.
Combining rarities, two new songs, and a number of pre-Rebel songs newly remixed or re-recorded, History Of Rock is a sort of greatest-hits package from an alternate universe in which albums such as The Polyfuze Method and Early Morning Stoned Pimp were wildly successful. The first single, "American Bad Ass", boils the Kid Rock philosophy down to a single swaggering anthem, a victory lap built around a sample of Metallica's "Sad But True" and a long list of shout-outs to Kid Rock's forefathers, from the Beastie Boys to Johnny Cash. The title track from Early Morning Stoned Pimp is the album's other apex, an irresistible bit of slow-rolling funk featuring a hilariously belligerent, mush-mouthed verse from Joe C and greasy, laid-back production that owes a debt to the work of onetime Rock producer Too $hort. The rest of History Of Rock is infused with Rock's inimitable swagger and over-the-top attitude that makes this album a real pleasure listening to.
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I used to like this once. I was 12-13 years old and I heard this song with a really bad word in the song name. "American Bad Ass" it was. There was this long haired rapper guy named Kid 'Rock' bustin' sum phat killa rhymes to this really heavy, groovy, music. I then went on to hear other 'hits' by Mr.'Rock' such as "Bawitdaba", "Cowboy", and "I Am The Bullgod." He was average at best, with lots of swear words . However, "American Bad Ass" stood out in my mind for being much heavier than his other stuff. Months passed, and as my musical tastes grew, so did my intense disliking for the long blonde-haired 'rapper' named 'Rock.' The only two songs I actually still liked were "Bawitdaba" and "American Bad Ass." Later that year, I got my first taste of Metallica, with the songs "Enter Sandman," "I Disappear," "Fade To Black," and "Sad But True." Kid Rock slowly faded away. Metallica shone bright. Now, although years after my realization, do I finally say something:...
"Sad But True" was butchered and turned into a rap song. "Battery"'s ending riff stolen and infused into Mr. 'Rock's twisted "Bawitdaba". Now I see why the songs sounded so good. He stole Metallica riffs to fill his stopgap releases of bad rapping, bad rhyming, and horrible music. That is terrible. There's a reason his three albums on here have 3.5 star ratings. Here's one of them.
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The History of Rock was to be the album that made me revisit the days of flat tops and high top fades. Kid Rock in his Detroit struggling days was known for his high top fade, and ability to dance. His ability to make music has always been there. He is a man that knows how to play EVERY instrument his band had on stage. He also has a special talent for putting together unique blends of music. Rock, rap, hip-hop, classic rock and even country all have a home in his music.
The CD itself is a diamond in the rough for me. Although it didn't sound as good (technically and remastered wise) as his older stuff. I was boppin to the beat so to speak. As an added bonus this was a way for me to get the older songs I liked without having to scour the earth to find his older CD's that have long since been out of print.
Those who bought this album and were upset to find little new songs, and older material should have really taken heed to the title 'The HISTORY of Rock' I was a little irritated that the NEW song merely being a sample tune of Metallica, but it still was refreshing to hear Kid's spin on it.
If its new Kid Rock stuff you want, then pass on this and wait for the new album. But, if you are like me and like the classic kid, then I suggest buying this album. Kid Rock has always used a variety of sounds that I could never put my finger on. And, that's what makes his music enjoyable. Take it or leave it. But whatever you chose to buy Happy Listening!
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By A Customer on July 31 2001
Format: Audio CD
This cd is awesome. Every single song is good. It is kind of like a Kid Rock greatest hits album. Kid Rock has 2 out of print albums called "The Polyfuze Method" and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp." This cd has 4 songs from each one of them. It also has 2 songs from 1994 that were never released and 2 new songs. My favorite song is "American Bad A**." It really gets you fired up. "Prodigal Son" is about Kid Rock leaving home and working his way up. "Paid" and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" are pure old school rap. But they are still great songs. "Dark & Grey" is totally heavy metal. It has a guitar introduction for about a minute at the beginning of the song. "3 Sheets To The Wind" is my second favorite song. The sound effects are really cool. "Abortion" is a very slow, sad song. Kid Rock is talking and apologizing to a baby that he and his girlfriend aborted. "I Wanna Go Back" is also pure old school rap, but not as much as "Paid" and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp." It is about Kid Rock getting started with his music career, and about how he lived back in Detroit. "F*** You Blind" is probably my third favorite song. If you get offend easily, don't listen to this song, especially not the chorus. The last song, "My Oedipus Complex," is probably the deepest song on this album. It is about Kid Rock's troubled relationship with his father. So there you have it. This cd rules. You can listen to some clips of songs on amazon, and if you like them, go buy the cd. It's worth it!
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