OFFSTAGE: Kid Rock on Orthodontists and Street Cred

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You’d think having braces would pretty much ruin your street cred. And then having your dad pick you up for an orthodontist appointment could only make things worse. But somehow, Kid Rock turned out just fine. He even managed to hang onto his tough guy reputation despite being the son of a successful Lincoln-Mercury car dealer and not really from the rough part of town. During an interview on CBS Sunday Morning , he recalled a story about trying to be that bad-ass right after he’d moved out of his parents’ suburban Detroit home when he was a teenager. “I think one of the funniest times in the world is, like, I’m in the ‘hood — Mount Clemens — and I’m kind of selling some drugs to make some money to buy records and workin’ at a carwash,” he said. “And I’m standing with my buddies on one of the porches, all of my black friends. It’s like, my dad came by and picked me up for an orthodontist appointment.” Still, he did all right, earning his new name Kid Rock from the people who came to hear him play the local clubs and were calling him “that white kid who rocks.” During the interview, Rock admitted that he has fans and haters, and he is fine with that. “The people that don’t like me, they can go on this Internet and find enough stuff to make them hate me. The people that love me, they can go on there and find enough stuff to fall in love with me,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m all that. So I’m just doin’ me.”

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