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Released: August 18, 1998

Rating: 3.500 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: rap rock

Quotable: “The great hard rock album of the late ‘90s” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Bawitdaba
  2. Cowboy
  3. Devil Without a Cause
  4. I Am the Bullgod
  5. Roving Gangster (Rollin’)
  6. Wasting Time
  7. Welcome 2 the Party (Ode 2 the Old School)
  8. I Got One for Ya
  9. Somebody’s Gotta Feel This
  10. Fist of Rage
  11. Only God Knows Why
  12. Fuck Off
  13. Where U at Rock
  14. Black Chick, White Guy

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 11.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 11.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I Am the Bullgod (12/5/98) #31 AR
  • Bawitdaba (4/3/99) #11 AR, #10 MR
  • Cowboy (8/28/99) #70a US, #36 UK, #10 AR, #5 MR
  • Only God Knows Why (12/25/99) #18a US, #5 AR, #13 MR
  • Wasting Time (9/2/00) #35 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Devil Without a Cause
Kid Rock
“Kid Rock declared himself the ‘pimp of the nation,’ and after the opening salvo, Bawitdaba, no one was arguing.” BL Before its release, however, it’s doubtful that “even Kid Rock believed he had an album as good as Devil Without a Cause in him. Nobody else believed it, that’s for sure. But he didn’t just find the perfect extention of his Beastie and Diamond Dave infatuations here, he came up with the great hard rock album of the late ‘90s – a fearlessly funny, bone-crunching record that manages to sustain its strength, not just until the end of its long running time, but through repeated plays.” STE

“The key to its sucesss is that it’s never trying to be a hip-hop record. It’s simply a monster rock album, as Twisted Brown Trucker turns out thunderous, funky noise – and that’s funky not just in the classic sense, but also in a Southern-fried, white trash sense, as he gives this as much foundation in country as he does hip-hop.” STE

“But what really reigns supreme on Devil Without a Cause is a love of piledriving, classic hard rock, not just that of hometown hero Bob Seger, but Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, and faceless arena rock ballads.” STEDevil had listeners riding shotgun in the Kid’s souped-up Caddy as blue-collar rock got a much-appreciated boost, complete with the manly tearjerker Only God Knows Why” (Blender).

“The Kid makes it all shine with rhymes so clever and irresistible that it’s impossible not to quote them. For all its modernity – Rock’s rapping, the titanic metallic guitars, Joe C’s sideshow sidekick, the plea to ‘get in the pit and try to love someone’ – this is firmly in the tradition of classic hard rock, and it’s the best good-time hard rock album in years (certainly the best of the last three years of the ‘90s).” STE

Review Source(s):

I Am the Bullgod



Only God Knows Why

Wasting Time

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Last updated January 18, 2011.