Kid Rock chants 'Let's go Brandon,' then calls for unity on new single
The Michigan rocker disses Joe Biden and talks COVID and Black Lives Matter on new song, following news his next tour may be his last.
Kid Rock's new single "We the People" slams social media, the news media and the president of the United States before making a plea for coming together.
"We the People" is the most incendiary of three new tracks the Michigan rocker released at midnight Tuesday. The others are a midtempo rock song, "The Last Dance," which is inspired by his parents' 50-year marriage, and "Rockin," a country ballad, which name checks Bob Seger and Marvin Gaye.
"We the People" is a rap-rock offering with a chorus of "Let's go Brandon," popular right-wing code for "(F---) Joe Biden." He doesn't need code for his feelings on a host of other topics: "Man, (f---) Fauci," he says of Anthony Fauci, ticking off a list of other things he says "(expletive)" to, including the mainstream media, CNN, TMZ, Twitter and Facebook.
Rock announced the arrival of the single on Monday in a video posted to Facebook.
"We the People" opens with a screed against COVID policies: "Wear your mask, take your pills / now a whole generation's mentally ill!" says Rock, who tweeted last August, "if the vaccine was the worst thing I have ever put in my body, I probably would not have got it." He continues: "But COVID's near, it's coming to town, we gotta act quick, shut our borders down / Joe Biden does, the media embraces, Big Don does it and they call him racist."
The chorus then leads to the "Let's go Brandon" chant, and a second verse decries inflation rates as well as racism. "You piece of (s---), I don't see color," he says, and when a chorus chants "Black lives matter" he answers, "no (s---), mother (f-----!"
Then comes a call for togetherness ("It's time for love and unity!") along with a partial reading of the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. As the 4-minute song fades, a sampled crowd can be heard chanting, "Let's go Brandon."
Listen to the track below. (Warning, explicit language.)
"We the People" and the other two songs likely will be included on Rock's new album "Bad Reputation," which is due out this year. Its first single, "Don't Tell Me How to Live," was released in November, and was followed in December by "Ala-(f------)-Bama."
On Monday, Rock, 51, announced dates for his 2022 tour, which he teased may be his final big tour. "I want to be at my peak for this tour," he said in a four-minute video posted to his social media channels, "because I really don’t know for the unforeseen future if we’ll do a big tour again."
The tour is scheduled to wrap with two dates at Pine Knob Sept. 16 and 17. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Rock also is scheduled to hit Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena on April 16.