Kracker - Biography
(born Matthew Shafer 9 November, 1974 in Mount
Clemens, Michigan) is an American rock and roll and country
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.
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
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 Kracker's. The album also contained the hit
singles "Drift Away" (a cover of the Dobie Gray original),
and "Memphis Soul Song".
2004, Kracker released his third album, Seventy-Two and
Sunny. The rap element is totally abandoned here. It is
a straightforward country-blues album. It contains the hit
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