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|Birth name||Michael Barnett|
|Also known as||Big Mike|
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|Genres||Southern Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap |
|Labels||Rap-a-Lot/Noo Trybe/Virgin/EMI Records|
|Associated acts||Geto Boys, Mr. 3-2, Tre'mendous|
Michael Barnett, better known by his stage name Big Mike, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was originally a member of Convicts with Houston rapper Mr. 3-2. Its album would be the first of many releases Mike would put out on Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records. Following the release of the eponymous Convicts, Big Mike impressed the heads of Death Row Records and almost signed with that label before he was called by James Prince and asked to replace Willie D when he left the Geto Boys. He accepted and became a part of the group on its 1993 album Till Death Do Us Part. When Willie D rejoined the group on its next album, he left the group. Big Mike has released five solo albums thus far, Somethin' Serious in 1994, Still Serious in 1997, Hard to Hit in 1999, Keep it Playa in 2006, and Serious as Can Be in 2009. Still Serious was his highest-charting album, peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 200.
- 1994: Somethin' Serious
- 1997: Still Serious
- 1999: Hard to Hit
- 2005: Naw'Lins Phats
- 2006: Keep it Playa
- 2009: Serious As Can Be
- 2009: Ridah Music Vol.1 (The Invitation)
- 2010: "Big Mike of the Geto Boys The Reintroduction"
- 2011:"BIG MIKE Full Circle Mixtape, New Music Inspired
From The New Album Bayou Classic"
- 2011:"Big Mike Bayou Classic - Love.Faith.Honor.Loyalty"
With the Convicts:
- 1991: Convicts
With the Geto Boys:
- 1993: Till Death Do Us Part
He has five sisters. Two are named Achiely Barnett and Summer. The others are triplets.
- Bush, John. "Biography: Big Mike". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
- "Big Mike interview". dubcnn. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
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