Six musicians who are way better than their music

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Kid Rock is actually not the worst guy ever.

Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art?

Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the professionals. So while it won't make the following acts sound any better, here's a list of six of critically unpopular artists that you may be able to appreciate just a little more for reasons unrelated to their music.

6. Kid Rock

Musically, it's hard to pin down Kid Rock's precise style. Sometimes he takes the punk rock and mixes it with the hip-hop. Other times, he takes the southern rock and mixes it with the hip-hop. Regardless of the recipe and much like a five-year-old bartender, whatever he's mixing is pretty much guaranteed to destroy brain cells.

But let's be real for a minute and talk about the fact that Kid Rock actually rules in a weird way. Believe it or not, there's more to marvel at than the fact that he had a sex tape with some groupies and Scott Stapp from Creed. Or that he punched Tommy Lee.

The first tip-off to the fedora-clad rocker's true decency comes anecdotally from a member of seminal Virginia screamo band Pg. 99, who unknowingly sat next to Kid Rock at a bar prior to his first hit single. After chatting a while, the Detroit native bought him drinks and introduced him to every single person at the bar, ever the ego-free and polite gentleman.

And the evidence continues to pile up in Rock's favor. He's encouraged people to steal his music, along with gasoline and cars. Plus, he maintains a career-long fierce loyalty to Detroit, America's Punchline City, working with fundraising efforts for the city orchestra and doing the unthinkable -- offering reasonably priced tickets in his hometown, coupled with something even more bizarre at an arena rock show: $4 beers.

5. Kreayshawn

Placed on the map by her infectious track "Gucci Gucci," Oakland's Kreayshawn almost did a song with the Insane Clown Posse until her verse was obliterated by Danny Brown's take. So yeah, being so bad that you actually get kicked off an ICP song definitely earns you a spot on this list.

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John Mayer lives down the road from me in Paradise Valley, just outside of Livingston, MT.  I've met him a few times at the Town and Country and The Office bar.  He's actually a really nice guy.


The title of this might as well be "One entry that actually holds true to the title of the article, and five musicians I don't like."

Joel Herz
Joel Herz

I'm pretty sure the Gimme Noise blog exists just to talk shit about music people like and cause controversy. It rarely contributes anything constructive when analyzing the industry.

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