Robert James Ritchie was born on January 17, 1971, in Romeo, Michigan. He released his debut album “Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast” in 1990. Since then, he has been seen developing distinctive styles and is known for blending elements of rock, heavy metal, hip-hop, and country music into one amazing genre. After releasing his 2007 album “All Summer Long,” his musical journey has been recognized countrywide and further. We’ll help you celebrate his birthday right here.
Robert James Ritchie
Kid Rock, Bobby Shazam
January 17, 1971
Robert James Ritchie, professionally known as Kid Rock, is no new name in the rock music industry. Besides music, he has also ventured into business. Ritchie was born on January 17, 1971, in Romeo, Michigan. Through his determination, he became a self-taught musician at a very young age.
Ritchie began his music career under the alias Kid Rock as a D.J. and rapper. He released his debut album “Grits Sandwich for Breakfast” in 1990 under Jive Records. In 1993, he made an independent release, “The Polyfuze Method,” and another one, “Early morning Stoned Pimp.” Two years later, he had a breakthrough album, “Devil Without a Cause,” which sold 14 million copies globally. In 2001, he released a follow-up album, “Cocky,” which was noted for having a blend of country, rap, heavy metal, and rock. Ritchie started hiring pyrotechnics and background dancers for his shows. He gained stage confidence, so much so that he performed dressed as a 1970s pimp with a possibly loaded pistol in his pants.
In the summer of 1993, he became a father and named his son after him, Robert James Ritchie Jr. Ritchie and his spouse Kelley South Russell raised a total of three children together, two of which he believed to be his flesh and blood. The couple split up after Ritchie discovered that only one of the two sons was his. He moved on to date model Jaimie King. Later, he dated actress Pamela Anderson, getting engaged in April 2002. They ended their relationship in 2003. In 2014, Ritchie became a grandfather.
He begins his music career as a member of a hip-hop music group called The Beast Crew.
Ritchie signs a deal and meets the local hip-hop duo, Insane Clown Posse.
Ritchie and his spouse Russell welcome their first child, Robert James Ritchie Jr.
Ritchie debuts in voice-over acting for “The Simpsons” episode, “Kill the Alligator and Run.”
Why We Love Kid Rock
He is not materialistic
Despite his huge fame and success over the years, Ritchie lives in a trailer. He says he loves it there and wouldn't want it any different. He refers to the trailer as an airplane.
He loves his fans
Ritchie loves his fans. While speaking with the “Wall Street Journal,” Ritchie explained that he doesn't mind taking a pay cut to help fans out at concerts.
He is generous
He is a good man. Jamey Johnson once stated that Ritchie was generous to a fault. He said that Richie is the kind of guy that does the right thing even when no one is looking.
5 Surprising Facts
He is a good golfer
Ritchie learned to play golf from Gary Nicklaus and is very good at it.
He is a grandfather
Ritchie’s son has a daughter whom he is very fond of.
He hates hugs
Ritchie doesn’t like it when people touch or hug him.
He hates making speeches
Ritchie revealed to “Rolling Stone” that he shakes while making a speech in front of an audience.
He has an adult tape
An adult tape emerged online during a particularly stressful time in his career.
Kid Rock FAQs
Is Kid Rock still rich?
He is worth 150 million dollars, making him one of the richest rock and roll artists right now.
What record label does Kid Rock own?
He received complete control over Top Dog Records in 2001 after filing a lawsuit.
What rapper helped Kid Rock get signed to a label?
He met D-Nice, who was signed to Jive Records, at a local party and helped him land a deal with the same label.
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