Detroit country-rock singer Kid Rock hit Justin Bieber where it hurts on the Howard Stern Show Wednesday, comparing the teen singing idol to Vanilla Ice and predicting a "long ride down" for him.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, admitted to hardly being a fan of Bieber's music during his appearance but he seemed to show what Stern called a "distain" for the singer by the comparison, the New York Daily News reported
"Justin Bieber is 100 percent like watching Vanilla Ice all over again," Kid Rock said. "The kid's young. He's got some money. He's got the world in his hands. It's just kind of sad to see him go down this trajectory. It's going to be a very long ride down."
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When Stern pointed out that Bieber has an established career compared to Vanilla Ice's "one-hit wonder" status, Kid Rock didn't back off.
"I kind of feel sorry for the kid to be honest with you," Kid Rock continued.
For those who don't remember, Vanilla Ice, real name Robert James Van Winkle, shot to stardom with the rap song "Ice Ice Baby," which quickly went gold in 1990, according to IMDB.com
. That led to merchandising deals and even a movie before his star just as quickly faded over controversies about his background and rights to the song.
Bieber by comparison, is a Grammy-award winning artist and has made $150 million on concert dates only by May 2012, according to Forbes magazine
. The pop star has had a string of bad publicity lately, including fainting at a London concert, showing up late to another gig and attacking a paparazzi photographer, Forbes reported.
In May, veteran rocker Jon Bon Jovi complained to the London Evening Standard about Bieber's conduct at concerts and said he should be more respectful to fans to come to see him perform.
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Some have already come to Bieber's defense.
"Um, sorry KR. Justin has had plenty of hits," posted Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton. "Say what you want about some of the decisions he's been making lately, but record sales don't lie."
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