Kid Rock announced a few weeks ago that he will release a new album, Rebel Soul, on November 19 via Top Dog/Atlantic Records. Rock says that with the new record, it's time for him to get back to making the fun, party music that his fans know and love.
"After the last record that I did, which was pretty poignant and spoke about things that were going on in Detroit with the economic downturn, this was like, 'I just want to get back and make a fun Kid Rock record. Whatever it feels like that day in the studio, write those songs, whether they're hip-hop or rock and roll or country, just have fun with it,'" he explained to MTV News. "On the early records it was very difficult to get through layers, to get the music to the people, and now I feel like I can do this and people go, 'Oh, this is Kid Rock being creatively confused.' I just look at it like, 'These are the songs I want to play, and this is the kind of music I want to hear.'"
Rebel Soul brings together Kid Rock's love of hard rock, southern stompers and country ballads. One song he's particularly fond of is the first single "Let's Ride," which he wrote specifically for U.S. troops in active duty.
"I wanted it to be an anthem, something for the guys to get pumped up to when they've got to go out and do these horrendous jobs," he said. "There's been several songs written, some of them are a little sappy, but all very poignant. From being there so many times, I've heard the stuff they listen to when they're out there, blaring stuff from their Humvees, when they're driving around on these missions. And I said, 'Man, let's try to make them a theme song, to get them pumped up.' We wanted to keep it very truthful, but heavy and hard, and hopefully it's something that will help them get psyched up when they have to do their job. I was almost thinking of maybe what a commander would say to the group as they have to go out and go into one of these situations. And a lot of the guys who work for me now are all guys who have done several tours, so I was able to get a lot of insight. I tried to write what these guys would want to hear."