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Kid Rock Celebrates a Longtime ‘Great Friend’ in Heartfelt Tribute

by Amanda Glover
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Kid Rock, born Robert James Ritchie, thanks his longtime pal in a touching post.

Earlier today, singer, songwriter, and rapper, Kid Rock, celebrated his good friend in a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. The post reads: “Detroit till’ I die!! God Bless you Hitman!! Thanks for the boxing tips and being such a great friend for so many years!! -Kid Rock.”

Fans of the star gather around the comment section to compliment the photo and to just voice kind words. One fan feared Hitman’s death but was relieved to find out he’s still alive and well. “I thought he passed away for a sec. He’s still alive good. HITMAN LEGEND.”

Many fans refer to Kid Rock’s friend as a legend: “Two Legendary men of Michigan!!! LEGENDS.”

Seems that Kid Rock has settled down a bit after lashing out at people who’ve been criticizing his newest single.

Late last year, the 50-year-old musician released a song called “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” that criticizes “cancel culture.” Some lyrics include “So what the f—s up with all the backlash? // You snowflakes, here’s a news flash! And, these minions and their agendas // Every opinion has a millennial offended // But this amendment one, it rings true // And if you don’t dissent, b—-, then see number two.”

Although Kid Rock is proud of the song, he’s not a fan of the criticism pointed towards it. But it looks like he has certain individuals to thank for the song’s inspiration. In a Facebook post last year, he stated that the  “[email protected]&! woke critics and trolls” were exactly what brought him to write the song. “Thank you for the inspiration! Keep shoveling coal on the first, you idiots! I [email protected]#!-ing love it!”

Kid Rock: ‘Don’t Tell Me How to Live’ Backlash

Although the singer isn’t a fan of backlash and criticism, it looks like he no longer cares.

Along with discussing “cancel culture,” the songwriter also goes on to compare himself to a number of celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen, David Lee Roth, James Dean, and Brad Pitt.

The single cover for his newest song, “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” features a black-and-white Statue of Liberty in a covid mask. The song appears to be the artist’s first in his departure from country music to hard rock.

His newest single comes after the artist revealed his plans to release a 50-track album. But due to the pandemic, those plans have been changed. According to the Detroit Free Press, the album had plans to include 10 hip-hop tracks, 10 country tracks, 10 rock tracks, and 20 unreleased songs.

So, what are your thoughts, Outsiders? Any interest in listening to the upcoming album?