"Uncle Kracker" (born "Matthew Shafer" 9 November, 1974 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is an American rock and roll and country music musician.
He started out his career at a young age as a fledgling rapper. He met Kid Rock in 1987, and Rock asked Kracker to become his DJ. Kracker did not know how to work the turntables, but he soon learned how to, and he became a long-term friend and colleague of Rock.
Kracker worked with Kid Rock until he became a solo artist in 2000. ''Double Wide'', Kracker's first album, was recorded in the back of a tour bus during Kid Rock's various tours in 1999 and 2000. It contains Kracker's first hit single, "Follow Me". It also features a minor hit, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah", which features Kid Rock. As of now, ''Double Wide'' has been certified double-platinum by the RIAA. Kracker subsequently provided backing vocal's on Rock's 2001 Album Cocky.
2002 saw the release of ''No Stranger to Shame''. It blended rock with blues, rap, country, and swing. It contained the smash hit single "In a Little While", whose music video contained musician/TV host/supermodel Willa Ford, who acted as Kracker's girlfriend. In reality, Ford is a very close friend of Kr...