Big Mike (rapper)

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Big Mike
Birth nameMichael Barnett
Also known as
  • The PeterMan
  • Nawlins' Phats
Born (1971-01-23) January 23, 1971 (age 49)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Origin9th Ward New Orleans,
Years active1991–present[1]
Associated acts

Michael Barnett (born January 23, 1971), better known by his stage name Big Mike, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He is the oldest of nine children. He was originally a member of the rap duo Convicts with Houston-based rapper Mr. 3-2.[2] This album would be the first of many releases Mike would put out on 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.[3][4] When Willie D rejoined the group on its next album, Big Mike left the group. 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 U.S. Billboard 200.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Somethin' Serious (1994)
  • Still Serious (1997)
  • Hard to Hit (1999)
  • Nawlins Phats (2005)
  • Keep It Playa (2006)
  • Serious as Can Be (2009)
  • Ridah Music Vol.1 (The Invitation) (2009)
  • The Reintroduction (2010)
  • Bayou Classic - Love.Faith.Honor.Loyalty (2011)
  • Fast Boy Music (2013)
  • O.G. Big Mike (2017)

Collaboration albums[edit]


  • Full Circle (2011)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • ”Sons of the Boulevard”, from the album We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness (by The Mighty Rhino, also featuring Illvibe) (2018)


  1. ^ Rizoh (2011-11-29). "Geto Boy Alum Big Mike Breaks His Silence with New Album". Retrieved 2019-09-24.
  2. ^ "Big Mike- Still Somethin' Serious! | | RAPINDUSTRY.COM - Hip-Hop Music - Rap Videos - News and more". Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  3. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: Big Mike". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Big Mike interview". dubcnn. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.