Though Kid Rock has since morphed into more of a rock/country artist, he started out as a rapper. Born in Romeo, Mich., near Detroit, Robert James Ritchie didn't have to live a life anywhere near as rough as how Detroit's own Eminem grew up, yet he chose to anyway. According to Rolling Stone, Kid Rock's dad owned a Lincoln-Mercury dealership, but the two didn't get along, which led to the self-proclaimed American badass "leaving home on multiple occasions as a teenager." The typical story followed: drugs, booze, women, but all the while, Kid Rock was DJing, breakdancing, and recording albums, which built a local fan base. He was also pretty honest about his would-be privileged upbringing. In his aptly named track, "Prodigal Son," he raps "working like a b***h like a goddamn tank/some disagree because my rents had bank/but all that's gold don't always glitter/so I'll take another puff from my one hitter."
Despite their differences, Kid Rock's dad eventually bankrolled his third album, Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, which, in a slightly less honest turn, contains the boast, "I'm self-made like Henry Ford," in the song "Paid." Now, we could be wrong here, but we don't remember Henry Ford using an $8,500 handout from his dad to produce a song called "Blow Me," but we're not automotive history scholars, so who's to say? The important thing here is that a family was restored, and the world wouldn't be deprived of Kid Rock's many valuable contributions to the world of music, including the songs "Drunk in the Morning" and "Cadillac P***y."