The History of Rock

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 30, 2000

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. It might not make for a great listen, but its swagger and white-trash style make it the second-best record in his catalog.
  2. There are few surprises here: white trash raps hollered over a musical backdrop that sounds like an evil pub rock band.
  3. The History of Rock is proof that he's always been able to smell a good line from a mile away.
  4. As essays from high-flying, high, high school dropouts go, however, 'The History Of Rock' isn't bad, if a little low on inspiration.
  5. Compared with ''Devil Without a Cause,'' it's also underwhelming, a push mower to ''Devil'''s lawn tractor.... The shelved compositions he's finally put on tape didn't necessarily need to be resurrected...
  6. Kid Rock's sound rarely deviates from the explosive metal guitar rap synthesis he has made his trade mark...It is when Kid Rock strays from these familiar musical pastures that he gets into trouble, as in the case of 'Abortion', a rather pathetic attempt at soul...
  7. The History of Rock, despite being not nearly as funny or fruggable, despite mostly haphazardly handpicking rerecorded renditions of old songs that are no match for new hesher-hop product by upstarts like Kottonmouth Kings and Brougham, and despite leaving such fuzzily boinging Beastie-beatboxed scratch-rap goodies as "Live" and "Classic Rock" in the vault, is still a keeper.
  8. 70
    The album provides hard evidence that the dynamite punch of 1998's Devil Without a Cause album was no fluke.
  9. Perhaps what makes The History of Rock most interesting -- and what ultimately validates Kid Rock as the real deal -- is that these old tracks prove that his love affair with rap and rock wasn't something he just cooked up to weasel onto MTV's "TRL."
  10. Rock affirms that he is no overnight sensation...
  11. Is The History Of Rock the worst album of all time? In a word: Probably. I suppose I can’t say for sure, as I haven’t heard Kid Rock’s other records.
    Kid's rapping is righteous, he's a fine vocalist, and like most musicians, his appalling persona contradicts his renown as a sweetheart of a guy. Nonetheless, as History repeats itself, his constant bragging only serves to undermine his credibility, and as a result, he becomes an idiotic parody of his own sick constructs.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Apr 9, 2012
    Sorry Kid Rock, but this album wasn't anywhere near as good as Devil without a cause, First off, Kid rock stole Metallica's "Sad but True" AndSorry Kid Rock, but this album wasn't anywhere near as good as Devil without a cause, First off, Kid rock stole Metallica's "Sad but True" And rapped over it and named the song "American Bad Ass", The other songs were okay but Kid Rock Also used "Eminem" inspired songs in this album. So overall 3.0 out of 10 Full Review »
  2. DonaldD
    Jul 28, 2007
    Kid Rock is the bomb
  3. badassbitch
    Nov 25, 2006
    its the hsit bringing stuuff back from the old albums and putting unreleased songs on there was great