Big Mike

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the rapper. For the banana, see Gros Michel banana. For the Chuck character, see Big Mike (Chuck). For the football player also known as "Big Mike", see Michael Oher. For the American Idol contestant also known as "Big Mike", see Michael Lynche.
Big Mike
Also known as The PeterMan, Nawlins' Phats
Born 1971 (age 44–45)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Southern Hip Hop[1]
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments vocals
Years active 1991–present
Labels Rap-a-Lot, Noo Trybe, Virgin, EMI
Associated acts Geto Boys, Mr. 3-2, Tre'mendous, Pimp C

Michael Barnett (born 1971), 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.[2][3] 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: The Reintroduction
  • 2011: Full Circle Mixtape, New Music Inspired
  • 2011: Bayou Classic - Love.Faith.Honor.Loyalty
  • 2013: Fast Boy Music


  1. ^
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: Big Mike". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Big Mike interview". dubcnn. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.