Rolling Stone - 1/17/02, p.483 stars out of 5
- "...A massive banging victory....Rock self-conciously builds on his badass-hick-with-a-heart-of-gold image..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/23/01, p.82
"...A similar blend of low-rider hip-hop and strip-mall heavy metal, flavoring its Camaro-ready jams with the occasional turntable wika-wika, Steven Tyler yowl or tasty guitar lick...you have to at least admire the breadth of his vision..." - Rating: B
Q - 1/02, p.1023 out of 5 stars
- "...songs take rock and rop ethics and enthusiastically smash them together..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 2/02, p.102
"...An enjoyably bad-ass record..."
Personnel includes: Kid Rock (vocals, guitar, bass); Sheryl Crow (vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, bass); Jimmie Bones (vocals, harmoncia, organ, keyboards); Snoop Dogg, Uncle Kracker, Misty Love, Shirley Hayden, (vocals); Jason Krause, Kenny Olson (guitar); Matt O'Brien (bass); Stefanie Eulinberg (drums).
Recorded at Clarkston Chophouse Studios, Detroit, Michigan.
Personnel: Kid Rock (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo, synthesizer, scratches, background vocals); Sheryl Crow (vocals, 12-string guitar); Jimmie Bones (vocals, harp, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Stefanie Eulinberg (vocals, drums, background vocals); Misty Love, Shirley Hayden, Uncle Kracker (vocals, background vocals); Snoop Dogg (vocals); Kenny Olson (guitar); Jason Krause (electric guitar); SP 1200 Productions (drums); Paradime, Twisted Brown Trucker (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Kid Rock; Al Sutton.
Recording information: Clarkston Chophouse.
Photographer: Clay McBride.
Unknown Contributor Roles: David Spade; Jeff Grand; Al Sutton.
Kid Rock's unique blend of Midwestern rock & roll, rap, and R&B gets another airing with COCKY, which features a plethora of road tunes, who's-the-baddest cuts, and straight-ahead drinking songs. The slow, greasy grooves of "You Never Met a Motherf**cker Quite Like Me" contrast violently with the Detroit Rock City raunch of "I'm a Dog," which itself stands in stark contrast to the first half of "Midnight Train to Memphis," an atypical, steel guitar-accompanied ballad.
You don't come to Kid Rock for subtlety (the last cut, WCSR, featuring Snoop Dogg, is proof of that). He's a Midwestern rapper who wishes he was in Lynyrd Skynrd--and who could probably make a pretty good job of it. The straight-ahead rock tunes swing mightily courtesy of drummer Stefanie Eulinberg, and Rock has his bad-ass rap act down cold here, though how much longer he can keep it up is another question for another time.