There was a time when Kid Rock was mostly known for his music, but these days the “American Bad Ass” is making headlines for one cringeworthy controversy after another.
The Detroit rap-rocker released a few under-the-radar albums in the early-to-mid ’90s before exploding with 1998’s Devil Without a Cause, which has since been certified diamond (!) thanks to songs like “Bawitdaba”, “Cowboy”, and “I Am the Bullgod”. He continued to achieve success on subsequent albums, offering a mix of heavy tracks and chart-topping adult contemporary ballads (“Picture”).
Lately, though, just about every time he jumps back in the news it’s because he’s ruffled some feathers — whether it be with his right-wing views, vulgar tirades against famous women, or, most recently, a homophobic slur during a barroom performance.
While it was hard to narrow it down, here are 10 times that Kid Rock was the absolute worst.
01. Screaming a Homophobic Slur During a Rant about Smartphones
Just this week (June 2021), TMZ posted video of Kid Rock taking the stage at FishLipz Bar & Grill in Smithville, Tennessee, and going on a rant when he saw people filming him with their phones. “F**k your iPhone,” yelled Rock, who then pointed to his crotch and sang, “You can post this, you can post this, you can post this dick right now.” He then screamed, “You f**king f**gots with your phones out.” As of press time, Rock hasn’t commented on the homophobic incident.
Interestingly, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse had just hosted Morgan Wallen’s first gig back after the embattled country star infamously uttered the N-word a few months earlier. Apparently, Kid Rock didn’t get any sound advice from Wallen about what not to do when the two were hanging out together that night at the Nashville bar.