Devil Without a Cause is the fourth studio album by American rapper Kid Rock. Released on August 18, 1998, the album saw Kid Rock continuing to develop his sound, moving away from the predominantly hip hop sound of his previous albums to a largely rap metal, hard rock, nu metal, and rap rock sound, and marked the finalization of his stage persona as a 'redneck pimp'. Additionally, the song "Cowboy" is seen as being instrumental in the development of the fusion genre country rap. Devil Without a Cause was a major commercial success. Spurred by the popularity of the single "Bawitdaba", the album sold 15 million copies, and was certified diamond. The album also received critical acclaim for its genre-mixing sound.
Where's the zero vote option? Would generally prefer to be deaf than listen to another Kid Rock song
Music for incels to wank furiously by
A strong contender for being the worst album ever made. Presumably only exists to help the US armed forces torture people.
My heart sank when I saw I had to spend 71 minutes of my life listening to Kid Rock. I'll try to listen with an open mind though, it could be good. UPDATE: Nope. It's dogsh*t. 1/5.
He’s literally the worst
Fuck everything about this album. Misogynistic and gross. I don't care if this help start the rap rock genre, it should be kicked off the list for being hot garbage.
Honestly, this is so bad. It feels like your dad's highschool band reunion.
This isn't going to go well. Given his more recent political leanings, some of the lyrics are pretty progressive. Although, it's not surprising that most of this record is very bad. This sounds like something white dads think is hard or heavy. To be honest, the first two songs hit me like a nostalgia truck. "New Rock Radio" standards that played all through my youth. But even those were not good, just drilled into my subconscious. The rest of the album doesn't even have that, it a'int good.
My partner is from the Detroit metro area and grew up not too far from where Kid Rock is from. Despite what he says in his music, he grew up well off. This album is full of empty posturing; he wants so badly to be able to claim a backstory like Eminem's but it's just not the case. Stylistically, kid rock isn’t doing anything new, but he’s definitely doing it worse. His flow is decent, but is often undercut by awful rhymes and cheesy metal interludes. He’s trying to be too much at once, a rags to riches rapper who actually grew up relatively affluent and a southernish redneck from the north who needs auto tune to get through a straight country song. His use of profanity is gratuitous beyond what is necessary and one wonders if his sexual prowess is a fraction of how he portrays it. This music is clearly designed to appeal to disaffected white people but comes off as disingenuous and unnecessarily confrontational. This is music that absolutely no one needed. At best, it's someone trying, and not succeeding at genre fusion, at the worst, it's a cynical ploy to sell records to white people who think they're hard.
Horrific pile of horrendous bollox
Absolute garbage. If you want to listen to edgy, filler lyrics with swearing put over a trash beat then this album is for you. Unfortunately for people with taste, this album is like eating an used sock dipped in mud.
I can understand why this is included as a historical document- its a critical record for bringing the aesthetics of country into the world of the rap rock hybrid that had emerged just before it. I don't know that it holds up as a listening experience for me. I also struggle with him going the way of his fellow Michigander Ted Nugent into the black hole of ignorance that is the republican party.
Low rent rapping. This really is an embarrassing Effort
Absolute wank. Unless this is all a masterful troll, in which case it could be genius. Cliched, pathetic lyrics that sounds like they were written by a 12 year old edgelord. Weak songs, with the horrible autotuned country song being a particularly notable low point. Only saving grace is that some of the production and musicianship is actually pretty good. I have no doubt that Kid Rock is talented, it's just disappointing that he didn't choose to funnel that talent into something with a bit more artistic merit. The fusion of rock, country and rap is something the world could have done without.
Total embarrassment. What a bellend. 0 stars.
Most of his tracks sounds like shitty Rage Against the Machine spoofs.
I can't believe I just made myself listen to 70 minutes of Kid Rock.
I heard all of the singles off of this when it came out in 1998 on MTV or the radio, and I'll ask now what I asked then: If you are outside of the demographic where rap-rock/nü-metal was popular (not in the age range to be an aggro-douche at Woodstock 99), what is there to like about this? An artistic persona that's just as contrived as Vanilla Ice without any of the backlash, "old school" rap stylings on Welcome 2 the Party that owe less to Run-DMC's King of Rock than to some middle-aged white doofus dropping "My name is Steve and I'm here to say...". This is as credible as an unfunny rapping grandma sketch that you'd find from a bad improv group in Des Moines. The language or misogyny on this aren't the main offenders for me - instead this album just feels contrived and cynical and lazy. To those who claim that this album is good or important because it blends metal and hip hop and country, who cares? I can mash rockabilly, Tuvan throat singing, and Portuguese fado together, and that doesn't result in anything good simply because nobody's blended those genres together. And the lasting influence of this album is pretty much limited to bro-country artists who learned that cynically adopting a faux-redneck persona and singing about eating riblets at Applebee's and drinking cheap beer in a field (you know, "simple pleasures" that these musicians wouldn't be caught anywhere near) will move a few units. On the plus side, the guitars on the track Devil Without a Cause are pretty cool.
Haters gonna hate. Sure, he's a fake and a piece of shit, but this is a great record.
Not really a fan of kid rock, sorta trash tbh, like bad beastie boys and I don't really like the beastie boys. If he coulda picked a genre
So the day has finally come... First of all: there is nothing revolutionary about his fusion of genres. Nothing. All been done before (and better) by others. I don't understand how that's supposed to be some kind of defense for this. I find the whole bloated thing embarrassing on every level, and I'm simply baffled how he got major label backing, let alone how successful it was.
It annoys me that people aren't giving this an actual review. I guess it's because most are American redditors, so 90% of the reviews are some variation on "I have decided that kid rock is a *racist*. 1/5". Some were smart enough to add something about hating rap rock to legitimise their non-legitimate reviews, but eh. Fucking lame. Anyway, I was in year 10 when this album came out and it wasn't the megahit that stuff like limp bizkit was, but it had a grittier edge and some of it is really fucking catchy. I listened to it a fair bit and bawditibaba has been in my party playlists ever since. It's a real slice of that late 90s middle America swagger. I don't think anyone thought this sort of stuff was any kind of cultural touchstone - it just kinda existed as the mainstream form of heavy music for a fun couple of years. It's over now but it's fun to revisit every now and then. Realistically this album is a 3/5 by no means essential. But I'm compelled to give it a 5 out of spite.
This album has no right to be as good as it is.
Kid Rock's fourth album. Interesting mix of styles. According to Detroit Free Press, Kid Rock had fully developed his pimp redneck stage persona and rap metal musical style and wanted to make a "redneck, shit-kicking rock 'n' roll rap" album. :)
Love Bawitdaba, that used to be a big pump up song for sports. That's it. Not sure I've ever liked anything else by Kid Rock. Granted I've never listened to this album. So ok, the first 6 songs are solid (most notably Cowboy and I am the Bullgod) but the whole thing is repetitive. Similar beats and lyrics. For example, I liked Roving Gangster but it also referenced topless dancers (Bawitdaba) and had a similar progression and sound as Cowboy. Second half of the album is barely tolerable. If it's decent it's because it sounds like the first half (Somebody's Gotta Feel This). Welcome 2 the Party is just terrible - as if he was trying to write worse lyrics than Vanilla Ice. I've always hated Only God Knows Why - pretentious, and auto tuned to hell. All in all, the album is not awful but it's also not good. Can't believe it sold over 10 million copies.
Rage In Favor Of The Machine.
Trash from a trash person.
Wow. I feel like I've just licked a toad and fallen into another dimension. It's a fascinating clusterfuck. A total shitstorm of juvenile lyrics and lazy riffs. It reeks of somebody who's heard about a bunch of things that were cool in high-school, but never actually did them and now, approaching 30, is sat around with a blunt, telling 15 year olds how to be a rockstar just like him. A try-hard fuckwit. Banged Pamela Anderson though, eh?
This album is shite and Kid Rock is a cunt. Highlight: Bawtidaba
Wrestling with adolescent anguish and a tiny penis Kid Rock delivers a cry for help on this increasingly important record. This behemoth is truly one for the ages. Everything you ever thought you knew about music is forgotten here. There's both a prickly centre and shiny smooth edges polished to within spitting distance of a country nu metal lovechild that explores deep themes and tickles a dark underbelly of misery and misogyny. Eat a spoonful of this and stick it up your cunt, Jesus.
Yeah Kid Rock is easy to hate on, and there's a lot of really stupid stuff on this album. But the 13 year old in me can still enjoy this after 23 years, so it must have something going for it.
You know, I don’t really mind the sound – it’s the kind of harder sound that I actually like. But the lyrics put me off. There’s a bit too much swearing for me; I appreciate a well-placed swear for emphasis, but this is gratuitous. There’s also some misogyny in there that bothers me.
Didn’t mind it and was all set for giving it 3 stars until the last track, which is absolutely vile and puts a different light on the rest of the album
Dumb as a brick.
Crap Metal, Country Crap, Crap Rock. He mixed a variety of genres and the album still manages to sound boring. 1 ⭐ for Eminem.
I listens to 2.5 songs. I just can’t...
This album left me embarrased for everyone. Let's never speak of it again.
Riding on the coattails of the other successful rap/rock/metal combinations coming out in the late 90s, this album is an unoriginal boring mess of songs. The title tracks "Bawitdaba" that propelled him into the bigtime is like "MMMBop" for rebellious teens. Don't even get me started on the cheese of "Only God Knows Why", a track that has some abysmal auto-tune. I know there's some bad music from the 80s that I grew up with and have a soft side for and maybe if I were a decade or more younger this might have hit me in high school and I might be a little more generous with my review but to me there's nothing here that hasn't been done already by Korn or Rage Against the Machine except for perhaps "Cowboy" which has kind of a country rap thing going.
The rock and rap components individually are not bad. But the transitions are too jarring; I would be enjoying the guitar riff, and then suddenly the verse starts.
Arguably the worst album on the list. I've spent a lot of time questioning the legitimacy of this list based on some of the inclusions, omissions, and the general approach to updating the list, but this album goes beyond pretty much every other questionable choice to such a degree that it feels like self-parody. The cultural impact of this album is only negative.
I’ll admit I went into this totally biased, but it’s not AS bad as I assumed it would be, as someone who had never heard Kid Rock’s music before. Definitely not 1001 albums of all time material, though……… I feel like people often romanticise the 90s but this album made me glad to have not been born yet. Best track: I kinda liked the funky auto tune on Only God Knows Why Worst tracks: Welcome 2 the Party, Fuck Off, Where U At Rock, Bawitdaba, Cowboy, Devil Without A Cause, Roving Gangster, I Got One for Ya’, Somebody’s Gotta Feel This, Black Chick, White Guy/I Am the Bulldog (WHY is this song TWELVE MINUTES LONG????? I thought it was almost OVER). 1 star for…. creativity I guess 👍🏼
Amazing, hard rocking songs and powerful vocals
I fuck with this way more than I thought I would or wanted to.
I never turned off Kid when his songs came on the radio but I also never bought or listened to any of his albums all the way through. I still wouldn't buy this album or put it into my regular rotation, but some of the songs on this album still make me turn the volume all the way and bang my head to the beat!
The most well known songs I had heard before of in this album. Surprisingly really enjoyed this. A good mix of numetal, rap, hiphop and other genres.
Haters gunna hate I guess, but ya’ll need to lighten up a bit. Sure, he’s nowhere near as good at rapping as Eminem, nowhere near as good at rocking out as Rage Against the Machine and nowhere near as good at…. line dancing as Billy Ray Cyrus? (I know nothing about country), but he is mashing up genres like he doesn’t give a fuck and I found the results are enjoyable. He didn’t really make it over to the UK at the time so I’m judging just on the tracks presented here. I reckon a lot of the 1 stars are from Americans who are judging this on the “full package”. I’m sure his personality is completely vile, but thankfully I’ve not really been exposed to that so can go purely off the music, which I think is good fun. How can you not love that Second Hand News sample?
Nowhere near as bad as made out - enjoyed some parts of it and had me laughing at its stupidity at many points but after the run on this group that was no bad thing
Stupid yet fun
An album that would most accurately be described as a guilty pleasure. A lot of the songs are pretty bad to unbareable,, However, there are some songs that go hard and I will definitely come back to. Highlights: 1, 3, 4, and 6.
Never listened to kid rock before, have to say i quite enjoyed this though. Loads of memories and themes in the music, for example i can hear a lot of becks sound in it and i thought beck was a one off, but clearly there was a bigger scene. Bawitadaba or whatever its called puts me in mind of RATM. I have to say that i thought that kid rock and this whole nu metal thing was just a sideshow but this listen had revealed that its actually a lot more than that. Cowboy could be a very good song also as could fist of rage which takes me back to RATM. Glad i listened to this tbf, want to give it 2.5 but thats not an option so its getting 3
I was surprised that those first two tracks were the big hits. I thought they'd be scattered throughout the album. "Bawitdaba" gets stuck in your head pretty quick. It's been said that the key to the album is that is doesn't try to be a hip-hop album. And yet a lot of the lyrics feel that way, like what would guys who are out in the midwest THINK rappers would go on about? And then instead of it being on rap, it was forced into a blend of country and "nu metal". It works, but the lyrics to some of the songs are pretty brutal. More brutal than some rap records we have listened to? Probably not. Maybe if I had heard them over and over again I wouldn't think about it as much. But now, 20 years later, the lyrics are a bit more cringe-y. So yeah, I remember the big "hits" from this one, but not something I would come back to for a bunch of reasons. But the construction and production is done well. So I'd give it a 3.
Not a bad album. It’s junk food for sure I’m not expecting it to be a life changing listen but it’s hick rock and rap. This album sounds like drinking a 30 rack of natty fishing and shooting BB guns
Cowboy is still a banger but this is way too long and I just can't support a Trumper.
Despite all the hate Kid Rock and this album get, his debut is by far his strongest effort, as well as being the 10th best selling rock album of the 90s. If this was an EP of just the first 4 tracks and maybe a couple others, I would award him a 3 or maybe even a 4. I'm not here to criticize the trashy culture and lies he proclaims (like bragging about growing up in Detroit). Purely looking at the music, the production is funky and tight. The first 4 tracks are pretty good (ignore that cringy child voice), but the rest mostly sucks with just a few decent parts. The riffs are uninspired: it's an embarrassment of a rock album. The raps lack substance and are repetitive, but at least he has energy and has nice rhythm here and there. He tries to sound like Zack de la Rocha, but he's too repetitive to be anything beyond that. I like the old school hip hop half of "Wecome 2 the Party," but fuck the bro who requests "that fuckin 1998 Kid Rock shit." His country songs are the worst. I can't believe "Only God Knows Why" was a big hit... the autotune and dull melody hurt my ears. "Where U at Rock" is the only good song in the second half. "Black Guy White Guy" is a bit decent but it's three times longer than it needs to, and did we really need a copy & paste of "I am the Bullgod"? It's the best song on the album but I didn't notice much different. He loses points for lack of originality, a repeated formula in most of the songs, and for being way too long. Cut the album in half. On the plus side, it is focused and has nice production. This is actually on the borderline of 1 star / 2 star review, but those first 4 songs are enough to redeem itself.
It's not hard to see why Kid Rock was such a cultural force during the late 90s/early 2000s. There's a ton of charisma on this record, mixed with Kid Rock's "redneck pimp" character. There's a large swath of genres blended here, though country and country rock blends with metal and rap more often than not. Kid Rock is fine enough on the mic, though he is absolutely blown out of the water by the best white MC to ever grace the game on "Fuck Off". It's more a time capsule than anything: where I appreciate that it's here in order to tell the story of nu-metal in the late 90s, I think there are better examples of the genre. Also, how the fuck does Holland-Dozier-Holland have a writing credit on this record? Did they come up with the "blow bubbles up your asshole" line, or the "your girl is sucking my cock while I'm taping it" one? Favorite tracks: "Cowboy", "Bawitdaba", "Wastin' Time"
I have never listened to anything that has made me so completely sure that the person responsible for it is a total c**t. It's like the Beastie Boys, mixed with the worst of early 90's rap/hiphop, with any charm or nuance stripped out. Lyrics are a mixture of generic self-promotion that regularly turns into breathtakingly unself-aware arrogance, and lazy misogyny. But, there are bits of it that are quite catchy Nearly burst out laughing with Only God Knows Why (a self-pitying song lamenting how people don't understand him and like him) after ten songs of this, and then immediately followed by a song titled 'Fuck Off' Pretty much every song is at least a minute too long (and there is a line in one of the songs where h talks about the producers telling him this and him ignoring them). 2/5, because it was quite entertaining in places.
The lyrical content is complete garbage in my opinion. Feels like something that was written by a person who wants to be cool, but is not. Dre and other artists that have a pretty rough and degrading lyrics at least give me the impression of having some self-distance and doing it in an ironic way, but didn't find any of that here. Every fiber of me wants to give this a 1 star, but if you put the lyrics aside some songs were actually pretty catchy, so it gets a 2 for me. Won't return to this album though for sure.
When I was a tweenager I was really into 3 of these songs. They were "Bawitaba" "Cowboy" and "Only God Knows Why." I am fairly certain I listened to the whole album at the time too, but was uninterested in all of the other tracks - that is still true, and the sheer length of this album makes it all the more excruciating. Honestly I can hear how the first two songs I mentioned influenced my taste in those formative years. The riffs in Bawitaba still sound pretty good to me, but the lyrics are trash, and as this sound repeats over the course of the album it sounds like a pale imitation of Rage Against the Machine, without the innovative guitar work and actual purpose. What I still like about Cowboy (when I ignore the lyrics) is that it truly does combine country, rap and rock in a way that is convincing and enjoyable. The changes in the song make it a fun musical journey. In the end, "Only God Knows Why" is the one that I can most enjoy still. The use of autotune is actually pretty interesting, and the more introspective lyrics are a welcome respite after the continuous flogging in all the other tracks. "Black Chick / White Guy" is almost unbearable, as if it's one last attempt to test your patience if by some miracle you haven't yet given up. In summary, a terrible album with a few songs that I have memories with but no longer hold up.
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Por algo es de los peores calificados en la lista global.
Probably the greatest album that i have had the privildge to indulge myself upon and bath in the kid rock glorry
This is only here to let you know that Fred Durst was not the worst thing about music at the turn of the millennium. Honestly not deserving of its one star. Makes Sade, Yes and the Eagles sound like the Beatles. And as a human being, he sounds like the reason God created cancer and dysentry.
YEE HAW YEAH NAH.
Felt dirty just cueing this up. Then the first song was better than expected. Then the rest wasn't. 15M people bought this
What a fucking poser, man
COWBOYYYYYYY Is that a CHILD saying that??????? i do be thinkin about jumbo shrimp a lot, too. I mean im kinda bored by track 4. Its a lot of the same thing with slightly different backtracks. It’s an interesting album for the time, but it’s kinda insufferable. I genuinely do not know why this album is considered one if the best. But i must be honest. I did not finish this album. I stopped at track 8. but can you blame me?
If the album was maybe half the length it could squeak out a 2 for competent catchy hooks, but everything else about the songs including lyrics, melodies, and persona is just garbage. Kid Rock is so try hard to be a bad-ass that it's laughable. He's also a piece of shit. Can't say I've ever listened to any songs beyond Bawitdaba and Cowboy and I listened to the rest of this just cause it's hilarious how dumb it is. I will say if no one has heard a Kid Rock song, it's at least culturally important in the US to hear at least a bit to understand that this is how lots of folks view a life worth living.
Absolutely dreadful. Who on earth thinks this is an essential album?
This album is a crime. I admit I only listened to the three most popular songs, but they are so terrible I couldn't listen to the rest. It's inclusion on this list makes me question the author's integrity. The rap songs are terrible, the country songs are horrible and the rap-country songs are abhorrent. I'm not saying rap-country doesn't work (Old Town Road is great), but Kid Rock doesn't know how to do either genre. Also, is it just me or is the mixing on these track totally amateur? Even instrument and vocal sounds like they are in a different room.
God I hate this garbage. Shitty rap rock. And too long like so much 90s crap. Doesn't help he is a Trump supporter.
I'm about to wrap up this album and it has some good guitar parts despite the annoying vocals, so I'll give it a two, unless Kid Rock drops a completely unwarranted n-word on a track built solely on harmful racial stereotypes in a weird thematic left-turn for an album that already has a lot of dicey moments. Seems kinda unlikely though
True childhood classic - saw Rock perform most of this record live back in 02.
One of my old favorites
this was my all time fav album in 1998 (8th grade) shit was pure fire
Classic, before crazy
Really cool, this was a nice surprise !
One of my favs.
dumb but fun, 4 stars
que buenas rolas we ouhh!
I want to hate this. But I don’t. Even though it’s such stupid music.
Surprisingly great choruses for a rock album. Thoroughly enjoyed something that I would otherwise not listened to.
This album kicks ass! Perfect mix of metal/rap/blues/etc
OK. At last something genuinely interesting. Rap with guitars! I really liked this.
It's no Rage Against The Machine, but kinda fun
A bit of a groove. I want to dislike it but it's actually pretty good.
Very of its era
The redneck rap rock album that I am kinda ashamed to say I get down with some of it. Damn it kid just pick up the phone and never autotune a ballad again. Stick to rapping over guitar about getting laid and doing drugs, definitely not the peak of music. But pretty fun for some of it.
I thought this was quintessentially Kid Rock at his peak. Not a huge fan of his stuff, but I do like how he really wants to be country. 🤠
Wasnt bad when it came out and is still good. Not great but not bad either.
I really dug this album when it came out. Now granted, I think Kid Rock is a douchebag now, I can't deny listening to this album quite a bit back in high school.