Years after mostly transitioning away from his own blend of Hip Hop and Rock, Kid Rock recently spoke with The Guardian in promotion of his upcoming tenth album First Kiss, due out this February.
Commenting on the genre-blend featured on his early hits like “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy,” Rock admitted that the songs still go over well in concert but derided “Rap-Rock” as a whole.
“Rap-Rock was what people wanted at the time, and they still love those songs at shows,” he said. “But it turned into a lot of bullshit and it turned out to be pretty gay…If someone says you can’t say ‘gay’ like that you tell them to go fuck themselves. You’re not going to get anything politically correct out of me.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Rock opened up about his reluctance to use social media.
“I don’t FaceTweet or whatever people do,” he said.
He also addressed his performance at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008, despite his own right-wing politics.
“I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues,” he said. “I am no fan of abortion, but it’s not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it.”
Speaking specifically about his appearance at Obama’s inauguration four years before he campaigned heavily for Mitt Romney in 2012, Rock said, “the country is more divided than ever.”
“I played Barack Obama’s inauguration even though I didn’t vote for him,” he said. “I didn’t agree with his policies, but there was an exciting sense of change in the air. That promise hasn’t been fulfilled.”