Six Musicians That Rule Despite Their Music

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Not the worst guy ever, despite all those songs.
Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art?

Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the professionals. So while it won't make the following acts sound any better, here's a list of six of critically unpopular artists that you may be able to appreciate just a little more for reasons unrelated to their music.

6. Kid Rock

Musically, it's hard to pin down Kid Rock's precise style. Sometimes he takes the punk rock and mixes it with the hip-hop. Other times, he takes the southern rock and mixes it with the hip-hop. Regardless of the recipe and much like a five-year-old bartender, whatever he's mixing is pretty much guaranteed to destroy brain cells.

But let's be real for a minute and talk about the fact that Kid Rock actually rules in a weird way. Believe it or not, there's more to marvel at than the fact that he had a sex tape with some groupies and Scott Stapp from Creed. Or that he punched Tommy Lee.

The first tip-off to the fedora-clad rocker's true decency comes anecdotally from a member of seminal Virginia screamo band Pg. 99, who unknowingly sat next to Kid Rock at a bar prior to his first hit single. After chatting a while, the Detroit native bought him drinks and introduced him to every single person at the bar, ever the ego-free and polite gentleman.

And the evidence continues to pile up in Rock's favor. He's encouraged people to steal his music, along with gasoline and cars. Plus, he maintains a career-long fierce loyalty to Detroit, America's Punchline City, working with fundraising efforts for the city orchestra and doing the unthinkable -- offering reasonably priced tickets in his hometown, coupled with something even more bizarre at an arena rock show: $4 beers.

5. Kreayshawn

Placed on the map by her infectious track "Gucci Gucci," Oakland's Kreayshawn almost did a song with the Insane Clown Posse until her verse was obliterated by Danny Brown's take. So yeah, being so bad that you actually get kicked off an ICP song definitely earns you a spot on this list.

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15 comments
Styles Baker
Styles Baker

The man just gets it! Sure his music isn't for everyone but he is as authentic as it gets. Having said that, what third grade classroom did you find this article in?;)

Mitch Martin
Mitch Martin

Kid Rock came over and played for us in Baghdad in 2009. He was told to get off the stage before dark due to mortar threats. He said F that, if you guys are here risking it I will too! He's been a bad ass in my book since that day.

Christy Beem
Christy Beem

I don't like Nicki Minaj's music at all, but she seems like a very cool lady. She's mindful of trans* people when talking about gender, has numerous feminist quotes, and released a line of clothing for KMart even though she could have done one for a more upscale line. She did that because she wanted cool clothing to be available to everyone, not just people with hundreds to spend on a pair of pants. So I'm not listening to her music, but I've got respect for her. And I just realized that I think I put more detail and examples into this comment than there were for any section of this article...

Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

So Kid Rock "rules", while the Clash and Social Distortion 'suck'? C'mon, we can do better than this crap, STL.

Andy Knight
Andy Knight

Another one for Kid Rock (can't stand his music) is how he handles the front rows, with a system that takes them away from the ticket brokers, rich and connected and insures that his common fans get those seats.

Kristina Williams
Kristina Williams

this list is fucking stupid. if i wanted this kind of shit, id read buzzfeed.

Roger Ellis Estill
Roger Ellis Estill

The only people I ever heard of on this list is John Mayer and Kid Rock.

Adam Robinson
Adam Robinson

Hahah the John Mayer bit is great. Prince did a tour where tickets were a flat $25

Carly Higdon
Carly Higdon

Perfect! And I have been twice to Kid Rock now and I'm a believer!

andrewrobertailes
andrewrobertailes

god damn it, the only difference between the two is that one has hair

RFT Music
RFT Music

Whoops! Thanks for the catch

Nick Calcaterra
Nick Calcaterra

You beat me to it Keith. Hey, this guy still gets paid his 5 cents a word or w/e.

Keith Kettmann
Keith Kettmann

Whoever wrote this article needs to check their facts. Joe Satriani was the guitarist with the Silver Surfer on the cover (Surfing with the Alien), not Vai.

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