Cocky [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The meteoric rise of Kid Rock, the Detroit-based white rapper who toiled in obscurity for a decade before 1998's Devil Without a Cause made him America's favorite badass, has sent music critics searching to explain Bob Ritchie's outrageous fortune. On Cocky, the Kid offers his own take. He wraps his long-haired, baggy-panted, multiethnic, multiracial, riffing, rapping boogie outfit in red-white-and-blue populism, positing the most credible new iteration of truly American music since Creedence Clearwater Revival. Infusing '90s rap-metal fusion with trailer-park twang -- notably on "What I Learned from the Road" and the duet with Sheryl Crow, "Picture" -- Kid Rock's ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The meteoric rise of Kid Rock, the Detroit-based white rapper who toiled in obscurity for a decade before 1998's Devil Without a Cause made him America's favorite badass, has sent music critics searching to explain Bob Ritchie's outrageous fortune. On Cocky, the Kid offers his own take. He wraps his long-haired, baggy-panted, multiethnic, multiracial, riffing, rapping boogie outfit in red-white-and-blue populism, positing the most credible new iteration of truly American music since Creedence Clearwater Revival. Infusing '90s rap-metal fusion with trailer-park twang -- notably on "What I Learned from the Road" and the duet with Sheryl Crow, "Picture" -- Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker band is essentially Lynyrd Skynyrd with a deejay. Rock's singing, which gets equal time with his old-school rapping, seems directly influenced by Johnny Van Zant, even if he gives Hank Williams Jr. props throughout Cocky. Steel guitar licks ring out as often as power chords, and bluesy piano and organ vamps signify a Southern soulfulness that's not far removed from the Black Crowes. If they weren't so obviously fifth- and sixth-generation inspiration, the Kid's country leanings would surely earn him as much cred as Beck, who fuses the same elements with plenty more pretension. But give Kid Rock credit for this: Few before him have dared to recognize the kinship of hip-hop and country. Genially uniting these two American folk musics under his banner of straight-talking capitalist excess, Ritchie does naturally what backpacker rap groups and academic rock critics accomplish only with crushing self-consciousness. Factor in his outrageous persona -- Pam Anderson-dating, shotgun-toting, missing only his departed midget MC sidekick Joe C to complete the bizarro picture -- and it's hard not to love Kid Rock. It's almost un-American.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Great title. Pretty good album. Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that Kid Rock decided to follow his Devil Without a Cause blueprint for its follow-up, since that was the record where he figured out how to mix "the hard rock/Southern rock with the hip-hop", creating a towering, powerful original blend of country-fried metal, heartland rock, knowing arena rock posturing, old-school rap, and classic American hard rock. It was what he planned to do from the outset, so why should he give it up now that he could finally do what he always wanted? Still, there's no denying that a sequel simply does not pack the punch and the surprise of the original, no matter how well it's constructed, and that's why it initially is easy to view Cocky as a bit of a disappointment, since it not only offers nothing new, it seems considerably tamer than its predecessor. How could it not? Not only does Kid have nothing to prove this time around -- he not only went platinum, he did it ten times-plus and then landed Sheryl Crow and Pam Anderson -- he no longer has his midget sidekick, Joe C., around to enhance the Midwestern carnival atmosphere of his entourage. That wild, white-trash Fellini-esque vibe is missed, as is the overwhelmingly great songwriting of Devil, but if not viewed as direct competition with its predecessor -- which is, after all, the great hard rock album of the late '90s, filled with great sounds and songwriting -- Cocky is a pretty good sequel. One that roots itself deeper in classic rock than in hip-hop and one that isn't as gonzo or as funny, but is still much, much funnier and looser than any of its competitors, while rocking much harder. If the songs aren't classics or if it tends to drift instead of staying focused like Devil, it still is better than anything else in Kid's catalog and anything else from his rap-metal competitors (he makes all of them sound like rank amateurs), and it has better riffs and earthier rhythms than any hard rock artist since 38 Special, while retaining a true Michigan flavor. That might not make it the equal of Devil Without a Cause, but unpretentious, blue-collar hard rock hasn't sounded this good in nearly 20 years, and that's reason enough to celebrate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • Label: Lava
  • UPC: 075678348228
  • Catalog Number: 83482
  • Sales rank: 9,634

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kid Rock Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, scratching, Pedal Steel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Sheryl Crow Bass, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Snoop Dogg Vocals
Matt O'Brien Bass
Kenny Olson Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Shirley Hayden Vocals, Background Vocals
Jason Krause Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Stefanie Eulinberg Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Twisted Brown Trucker Background Vocals
Jimmie Bones Organ, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Uncle Kracker Vocals, Background Vocals
Paradime Background Vocals
SP 1200 Productions Drums
Misty Love Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kid Rock Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Al Sutton Engineer, Contributor
Larry Freemantle Art Direction
David Spade Contributor
Jeff Grand Contributor
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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    i want kid rock to return to this style of music

    since kid rock self titled kid rock been going downhill since he recently went on self titled rock n roll jeses and most recently born free i want the old kids rock back but i know he will never return back to his roots this album is amazing along with devil without a cause and the history of rock

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tight

    This is one good record. It's not quite the next Devil Without a Cause, but that shouldn't stop you from picking it up. My one complaint: I expected it to be a little more hardcore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best record EVER!!!

    this really a great great buy. It is sooo worth the money, and you will not be able to get this cd out of your player...mine has been in my disc player since release date. nov.20 2001-and till this date it is still in there. dec.10 2002...outstanding track on album-midnight train to memphis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock on

    This is a great album! Kid Rock has everything from southern rock, to rap, to ballads, to hip hop...and mixed all together in that 'kid rock' way. This is his best so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    kid rock and kazzer!

    I am not here to review the album, although its very good, but I am here to tell anyone who really likes this album to check out this new artist named Kazzer. Kazzer is a singer/rapper just like Kid Rock. He has the crossover thing going with a rock band and DJ backing him while he raps, and sings abit too. So to anyone who likes Kid Rock-check out Kazzer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kid Rock Rules

    Kid Rock has a great voice anybody will like. Unlike other people he can sing, rap, etc. and can play any instrument he touches.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    K to the I call him Sarge

    Every track is a classic and it is mixed up alot better than Devil was and the mello songs make you relax

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    As a loyal KID ROCK fan I am very pleased with this new CD. He contiunes to mix all styles of music that create a sound that is all his own. A must have for all true rock fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN AMAZING ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This cd only should and can be described as one word that word is ''Amazing'' so get of your a**, or buy it online here at BN.com and obtain this masterpiece of an album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Kid Rocks

    The album rocks!! The duet with Sheryl is awesome! The country in the album, although not real country, lets you smoke (your choice)and sit back & relax. Its a must buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's Back and Better Then Ever

    Power, Power, and more Power...this is Kid Rock on his new album ''Cocky.'' From the opening on Trucker's Anthem to the duet featuring Sheryl Crow and the bonus track with Snoop Doog it does not get any better. Pick this one up as soon as you get the chance, Kid Rock's Back In The House and man is he ''COCKY!''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kid Rock's done it again!

    This album is great. You have Southern Rock, Rap, Ballads, Heavy Metal, and Country on this album. All done in a superb way. My favorite is the duet ''Picture'' with Sheryl Crowe. Go buy this album, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More Country, but still a must buy

    Kid Rock has drifted more to the country side of rock but this CD is still phenomenal. Guest appearances by Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg add to the overall quality of this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pure garbage

    Ok this is pathetic. kid rocks probably has less talent than some little band from middle school. you should see kid rock live. it's a big joke. lousy repeative music wich gets old after 1 minute. anyone who likes this has got to have a really simple mind and likes simple, loud bashing music that's not complex at all. get a life kid rock

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Amazing

    I am amazed at how this CD has everything that keeps you listening. Variety, from one spectrum of hip hop to rock to blues. One of the best CD's I own. Keeps you wanting to listen to it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow What An Album

    After the long wait Kid Rock does not let his fans down with his new album what a masterpiece every song is killer from start to finish, once again Rock shows how many different styles he can play on this album he does Country, Rock, Metal, Rap so if you are a Kid Rock fan you will not be disipointed and if you are not a Kid Rock fan you will be after you hear this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kid Rock Does it HIS Way

    If your fave song on ''Devil Without a Cause'' was ''Only God Knows Why'', then you will love this new cd. Kid Rock gets to his Southern rock roots and his country background with most of the tracks on this cd. It is an excellent follow-up and a definite must-buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anticipation Pays Off

    I've been waiting for this album, and it is every bit as good and diverse as I thought it would be. It may have just as easily been called ''The Evolution Of Rock''. Tracks like ''Lay It On ME'' and ''Cocky'' demonstrate his ability to kick it classic Kid Rock style, while others like ''Picture'' and ''Drunk In The Morning'' take a new direction, defying anyone who may have had him stereotyped. This one is a gem. I look forward to the next!

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