Devil Without A Cause
Kid Rock is a rapper from the Detroit area who's been doing his thing and
running his own Top Dog record label since the late '80s. He was pretty
obscure until Grand Royal profiled him a couple of issues back, and he
eventually wrote some blurbs for Mike D. and the gang for their notorious
"Miami Bass" issue. His association with the Beasties must have done wonders
for his career, because here he is in '98 making his major label debut.
I gave this record bonus points for having a photograph of the Kid's hand
giving the world the finger painted on the disc itself. Something about the
way Kid Rock flips the bird is endearing-- it's hard to explain. I bumped
the record up a few more notches for the track featuring the diminutive Joe
C. (he's less than four feet tall) on the mic. There's some sort of perverse
thrill in hearing a guy who makes Bushwick Bill look like Manute Bol rap
"I'm a freak, don't call me sick/ three- foot nine with a ten- foot dick."
So that's two rounds of bonus points and the album still doesn't merit a 2.
The hook is that Devil Without A Cause combines rap with metal, but
this combination's already been done a million times, and in each case, the
result was better than this. Do you really need predictable pimping rhymes
over wack-ass metal beats with third- tier, grunge- derived choruses among
your records? I ask you: is this what you're missing from your life?