Detroit-area multi-genre musician Kid Rock was given the birth name of Robert James Ritchie. Before becoming the 'American Bad Ass,' Kid Rock joined a breakdancing crew called the Furious Funkers. He also DJed at parties for free beer during his high school years.

Kid Rock was given his stage name by club goers who would check out his DJing sets, the predominantly black Detroit crowd dug watching "that white kid rock." After the nickname was birthed, Kid Rock used the given moniker since his very first album, 1990's 'Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast.'