Matthew Shafer (born June 6, 1974), better known by his stage name Uncle Kracker, is an American musician, singer, lyricist, rapper and guitarist. He is the turntablist for Kid Rock’s backing group Twisted Brown Trucker and since 2000 has recorded as a solo artist. His singles “Follow Me” and “Drift Away” were top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
Shafer was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on June 6, 1974. With his brother Mike Shafer, he visited a nightclub in Clawson, Michigan where a turntables competition was occurring. His older brother was competing against a then-unknown musician, Kid Rock. Shafer soon became friends with Kid Rock. In those times, he was mainly rapping and a singer. He went to L’Anse Creuse High School. In 1994, Kid Rock asked Shafer to play turntables for his band called Twisted Brown Trucker. Shafer knew nothing of using turntables, but since his brother was an experienced DJ, he agreed.
He only performed at live shows at the time, until he began recording for Rock’s album, Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp; Shafer was a featured vocalist on some of the tracks. He then began working on a solo album, but he continued being the DJ for Kid Rock. Upon the release of Rock’s multi-platinum album, The History Of Rock, Shafer decided that it was time to release his first solo album, Double Wide in 2000.