If someone told you in 1998 that the vulgar rap-spitting Kid Rock would be the next Lynyrd Skynyrd-style country-rock act and be playing RodeoHouston 13 years later, you would have poured Fruitopia on their Adidas shell-toes and laid the smackdown on them with a Stone Cold Stunner. We are living in grand times, when the Bullgod is respected not only by both the Southern-rock and hip-hop sets, but also by some of the biggest country stars on the scene. After '98's Devil Without a Cause went ten times platinum, Rock went country, infusing his existing strains of Metallica and the Beasties with an extra dash of Bocephus and Detroit homey Bob Seger. The result has been a line of serviceable albums featuring guests as diverse as Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Each, most recently 2010's Born Free, has nurtured and appeased Rock's devoted fanbase, which long ago grew out of baggy pants and backwards hats in favor of car seats and a sensible pair of Vans.
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