Story highlights Kid Rock is offering his take on social media critics in a new song.
By now, you’ve likely heard the latest single from Kid Rock.
This summer, the Michigan-born artist shared “Don’t Tell Me How to Live,” a hard-hitting anthem against social media and its criticism of children’s weight and appearance. Ahead of the track’s release in August, Rock had this to say to Rolling Stone about the new tune: “I have no fun reading about the motherf***ing fat kids and fat-assed bitch-ass parents … I got fat as a kid — and I get big now.”
To make his point, the rapper adapted a line from his radio hit “Feels So Good”: “You can’t tell me how to live … with the kids yo-yoing, parents jumping off train tracks, giving me fits about how I drink too much — I’m just living.” And while Rock is surely waded in a barrel of biting things, his latest hit is anything but an ego-stroking track about his success. Rather, the song offers up an equally biting criticism of the “hooligans and snowflakes” who revel in speaking their minds and posting hateful comments about others online.
This isn’t the first time Rock has addressed criticism. In July 2017, he released a song called “Heartbreaker,” addressing the bullying often experienced by LGBTQ youth. Rock sings about the suffering his sexual orientation caused him at school and the challenge he’s faced maintaining his identity in an intolerant world.
Although he’s dismissed social media critics for much of his career, Rock has also stood up for the rights of those he thinks are being targeted. In 2014, Rock was the one who tried to bring music back to the Common Ground Elementary School in his native Michigan after a group of parents sued the school district because they believed “playing rock ‘n’ roll” was part of the curriculum.
Rock’s popularity in today’s music scene is well-documented. He recently topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart for the fifth week in a row with “Free.” Moreover, “God Bless Amerika” was the No. 2 country hit of 2016. But what about that climb to fame? What really sets Rock apart from other musicians, though?
In a 2014 interview with Adweek, Rock opened up about how hard it was to be a young musician. “Anybody that says otherwise, or anybody that wants to say that I’m less of a musician, less of a singer-songwriter than some people who are there longer, is wrong. I love it. … I’m trying to be serious, but the kid inside me keeps having fun.”
For Rock, the fun has definitely been worth it. “I would not be the artist that I am today if it wasn’t for that first album. The fun part is chasing the haze, getting in and being goofy and playing with the riffs and bouncing around in the studio. Being creative and making people happy,” he told Adweek.
So now that you’ve listened to “Don’t Tell Me How to Live,” hear Rock rapping his own words. “I wish somebody could ask me about that music that no one’s heard / You don’t want me to know what it is, but all my friends will. / Let me tell you, the fun is traveling this road / Not getting caught up in just what’s different. / Putting that R-rated record on in the car / Who cares? You think about it in 20 years and I’m going to look back on it and say it was a privilege. / What’s right about the world, it’s changing? / It’s OK to let it go. “
Kid Rock’s new track is available on Spotify.