KID ROCK Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp (1996)
A Mega-Rare Favorite, Now Re-Upped w/ Artwork

Early MorningEarly Mornin‘ Stoned Pimp (1996)
Stupefyingly Good Self-Made Pre-Fame CD

Just like you, I pegged Kid Rock as a butt-lucky chump with a quick expiration date. White boy rap is bad enough, but Kid Rock can take the irritation to a whole new level.
That’s what I used to think. Turns out… the Kid is actually bona fide. Behind that shit-eating grin and those stoner-red slits is a driven SOB that not only survived two failed record deals (including one with Jive as early as 1990), but who fought his way back to self-release this 1996 CD, Early Mornin‘ Stoned Pimp. Ironically, most of his fans have never even heard it. It was printed in small quantities two years before his breakthrough, is way out-of-print and currently changes hands for collector’s prices. The title track is an R&B/rap throwback that eventually gets hijacked by piano & Hammond riffs that just flat-out groove, while Detroit Thang shows that Kid’s gang gets some of their inspiration from good, old-fashioned basement funk. You can’t help but note the live drums & samples and elements of street-level blues. Lyrically, it’s what you’d expect – lots of cock-talk about getting ripped, laid & paid. Plenty of Pimp is just over the top, as Rock raps like he’s already a star. Singing about “getting paid like Trump” while janitoring to pay studio fees is priceless. But the fact that Kid Rock – though sheer determination – managed to turn his pre-fame, wanna-be braggadocio into a cartoon-worthy reality is props you’ve gotta give him. TAKE THE KID ROCK CHALLENGE: Make it through both tunes below & you might gain a different perspective on Kid Rock. Get Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp at Amazon, HERE.

I Wanna Go Back
Live (featuring Esham)
Detroit Thang (featuring The Howling Diablos)
Ya Keep On
Shotgun Blast
Freestyle Rhyme
Classic Rock
My Name Is Rock
Where U At Rock
Krack Rocks (featuring Kracker)
The Prodigal Son Returns
Black Chic, White Guy


  • Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2010 - 15:56 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    November 13, 2010 - 02:52 | Permalink

    I can't believe I'm listening to Kid Rock, and digging it. Who knew?
    Thanks, Willard.

  • Steve626
    December 26, 2014 - 11:07 | Permalink

    What he said — nice find! It’s amazing what happens to your musical taste over time. Also never thought I’d groove to Sun Ra!

  • plazoo
    December 26, 2014 - 12:58 | Permalink

    Ugh. Maybe you could post some early Fred Durst as a companion piece?

    • Willard
      December 26, 2014 - 13:04 | Permalink

      Ugh? Spoken like someone who comments before listening to the album.

  • Anonymous
    December 27, 2014 - 11:50 | Permalink

    I can’t get past his politics. He’s nearly Ted Nugent.

    • Willard
      December 27, 2014 - 11:59 | Permalink

      I’ve paid so little attention to the guy I didn’t even know he HAD any politics. Nugent, we all know about. Rock? I’ve never heard a single word about his views… and don’t care.

  • Hank 25
    December 28, 2014 - 07:45 | Permalink

    The guy suckles up to the teat of Hank Williams Jr. Gets cops fired, gets away with DUI.
    What passes as art in these quarters baffles me on occasion.

    • Willard
      December 28, 2014 - 09:05 | Permalink

      WOW! What passes for reading comprehension in these quarters baffles ME on occasion. According to your own link, a cop lets Rock slide on a DUI and gets fired for “the perception of preferential treatment” (as he SHOULD have been, if true), and YOU – somehow – turn that incident into an incendiary comment like Rock “gets cops fired”!?! Yeah… what a jerk he is for being famous and having cops for fans. So which is it? You don’t think he should get away with DUI… or you think the cop shouldn’t be fired for ignoring it? Because it CAN’T be both.

      • biggiefishie
        December 29, 2014 - 10:35 | Permalink

        oh, snap. Go Willard!

  • anonnon
    December 28, 2014 - 13:40 | Permalink

    probably g lovish in a way…give a go

  • carlos
    December 30, 2014 - 10:14 | Permalink

    fantastic – i passed the challenge thanks willard! knew nothing about kid rock but the one song detroit thing i listened to so far is groovy, lyrically reminded me of sure shot by the beastie boys ‘don’t stop its the sure shot” quick web search connections made apparently dj hurricane was the beasties touring dj. – sure shot by beastie boys cowritten by dj hurricane his own album released 1994 1994 ill communication released sure shot first performance april 1994 – 1999 kid rock guests on dj hurricanes album
    Happy New Year!

  • Willard
    December 30, 2014 - 10:20 | Permalink

    Thanks for the first rate dot connecting.

  • Supersonic75
    January 5, 2015 - 21:14 | Permalink

    Really? Ok; I’ll bite…thanks for the totally left-field (but evidently somewhat right-wing?) choice. Anyway, I’m here for the music and fun…..and there’s plenty of it to be found. Thanks, W!

    • Willard
      January 5, 2015 - 21:23 | Permalink

      The beauty is that salvation is just a delete button away, if you so choose.

  • January 6, 2015 - 11:52 | Permalink

    Is this maybe a “re-up”? Anyway I got this somewhere a couple of years ago. “Black chic, white guy” has been a favorite, though makes you squirm uncomfortably if you have teenaged daughters. And “proidgal” for me is truly hilarious. Only time I’ve heard references to golf in a cool-guy song. I don’t know how ‘real’ he is, but he seems pretty out-there to me, at least as an anti-intellectual persona.

    • Willard
      January 6, 2015 - 11:55 | Permalink

      We first posted this in 2010.

  • Jimmy the Exploder
    January 10, 2015 - 05:58 | Permalink

    Thank you, Willard! Your read on the Kid is dead-on. When I first heard this guy, I figured he was a one-hit bullshit artist who’d quickly be forgotten. And then I kept on hearing about him, and kept on hearing about him. Didn’t pay much attention, though, until his song “Cocky” came out, which I’d probably rank in my top five of Most Hilarious Songs of All Time. His delivery on that song is like that of a top-rank magician or pro wrestler: the listener has no idea where the line is between fantasy and reality. He COULD believe all that shit he’s saying, or he might think it’s the biggest load of bull that’s ever come out of anyone’s mouth. But the listening audience will never know. And so ultimately you’re left to enjoy the sheer performance of the thing. And as the Kid himself says, “It ain’t braggin’, motherf*cker, if you back it up”.

  • Unbelieburu
    March 27, 2015 - 20:47 | Permalink

    What a great read. Its nice to hear somebody objectively rate Kid Rocks music and beginnings. I’ve been a fan since he blew up with Cowboy and as I grow older I keep on appreciating the continual change in his releases.

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