Celebrity Then And Now
Sobert James Ritchie Jr.
Name: Sobert James Ritchie Jr.
Birthdate: June 14, 1993
Famous Years: 1999-Present
Currently Known For: Aspiring Singer
Networth: $80 Million (Father's Net Worth)Famous For: Son of Kid Rock
Sobert James Ritchie Jr.
Name Sobert James Ritchie Jr.
Birthdate June 14, 1993
Famous Years 1999-Present
Currently Known For Aspiring Singer
Networth $80 Million (Father's Net Worth)
Famous For Son of Kid Rock

While the late 1990s might have been dominated for the most part by pop acts that included boy bands and singers like Britney Spears, there was also a change in the rock music genre. Bands such as Limp Bizkit and Korn would come along, ushering in an era that many referred to as “rap rock.” Among those that enjoyed the most success during this time, and has maintained his popularity to this day, is Robert Ritchie, who’s better known as Kid Rock.

Kid Rock would teach himself how to play many different instruments, and started his career in Detroit as a fairly unknown rapper. In 1998, Kid Rock would get his big break when he released the album “Devil Without a Cause”, which included hit songs like “Bawitdaba”, “Cowboy” and “Only God Knows Why”.

Kid Rock had become a big name, and started getting involved with other celebrities, including having a very public marriage with Pamela Anderson. However, well before he achieved stardom, he had already been in a relationship that resulted in children. Kid Rock was with a woman named Kelley Russell, and the two had gone to school together while growing up. On June 14, 1993, they had their first child, naming him Robert Ritchie, Jr. Kid Rock would have two other children, but found out that one of them wasn’t actually his, which caused him to end the relationship with Russell and raise Robert, Jr. mostly on his own.

Ritchie, Jr. would be there alongside his father as the older Ritchie had been in public relationships with the likes of Anderson, along with current girlfriend Audrey Berry, whom Kid Rock became engaged to in late 2017. Throughout the height of his fame, Kid Rock sometimes struggled with alcohol that caused him to be out at all hours of the night after concerts, meaning that his own mother would help with raising Ritchie, Jr.

Like his father, Ritchie, Jr. showed from a very young age that he wanted to get into music, especially in the rap genre. When he was a teenager, Ritchie, Jr. would post videos on YouTube of himself rapping, and at first adopted the stage name of Bandit. He’d soon change his name to simply Robert James, and started to gain some traction in the Detroit area. Ritchie, Jr. opened up for several more well-known rappers that made their way to the region.

In 2014, it was announced that Kid Rock was going to become a grandfather as Ritchie, Jr. was expecting his first child. At the time, Ritchie, Jr. was just 21 years old, meaning that Kid Rock would become a grandfather at the age of 43. Kid Rock joked about becoming a grandparent at such a young age, saying that it would keep his “redneck street cred up.”

He added that “I could be a great-great-great-grandfather by the time I’m 80. I am excited, but also nervous for my son. He was dropped on my doorstep at six months when I had no money and was trying to be a rockstar. I didn’t have a clue.” Ritchie and his girlfriend welcomed their first child, having a daughter that they named Skye.

Kid Rock continued by saying that Ritchie, Jr. had just graduated college and was working when Skye was born. “That alone, as a parent, is such a relief,” he said. “I can’t imagine what the f*** I put my parents through. Now I have a beautiful granddaughter, on top of it? It’s pretty crazy. My friends say, ‘How lucky are you, to be able to see your granddaughter do so much stuff? You’ll be at her wedding.’ So many things you might not see if you have kids later in life, which seems to be the trend now for most responsible adults.”

Ritchie, Jr. had continued to release EPs throughout the early parts of his career, not relying on a record deal to release his music. Much of it was available for free as he got his name out there. In 2018, it was announced that Ritchie, Jr. was finally getting an official solo album, though it would be released independently. Sticking with the Robert James moniker, he released his first single from the album in July 2018, with the song called “Exstacy”.

Kid Rock shared the video link on social media, saying that his son “sure can sing and I am very proud of him.” Upon the release of his new music, Ritchie, Jr. said that he’s been working hard on his music in his free time, and doesn’t want to rely on the family name to achieve stardom. His full-time job is working at an Apple store, saying that “I had my daughter at 21 years old not knowing what I was gonna do. But I put in the work and I refused to ride coattails.”

Now, Ritchie, Jr. attempts to find the kind of success at a young age that his father did back in the late 1990s. The 25 year old is hoping that his new album is well received, though it’s going to be hard to top the smash hit “Devil Without a Cause”. All it takes in the music business, though, is just that one big break.