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Robert James Ritchie, born on January 17th 1971, better known to friends and family as Bob was once just a white kid from a small village in Michigan called Romeo. Although Bob caused his family a lot of trouble when he would run away, throw rocks at passing cars for fun and sell cocaine --- from the time he was a child he knew what he wanted out of life. In his early teen years he began DJing basement parties in Mount Clemens and took his show to local bars and hangouts.

The many days and nights spent working "like a bitch to get the job done" were beginning to pay off, Bob finally landed his first real gig, opening for Boogie Down Productions. This appearance shed a ray of light on his unique talents and sealed him a $100,000 contract with Jive Records; Bob only had a taste of the attention he so deserved but never-the-less, the ball was rolling in the right direction.

Bob released his first album, "Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast" on Jive Records in 1990, featuring the popular, "Yo-da-lin In The Valley", a song that didn't generate much chart success, but made history for it's potty-mouth lyrics. Now labeled as Kid Rock, a name that was given to him by the black community in Mount Clemens, the white kid from the village of Romeo was well on his way to stardom.

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