Michael Barber is a musician, rapper, hip hop producer, A&R, and entrepreneur. Michael is the number #1 selling hip hop artist from the state of Indiana. Michael was signed to the infamous, Death Row Records via WIDEawake Eone Entertainment, but his album failed to release when Death Row Records entered into bankruptcy. Michael has also released poetry and music under aliases, Determined, Indiana Smokey Bones, and The Irish Jesus or the Jesus. Michael is the front man for two different musical groups, Illuminati Sky and Audio Stepchild.
Barber grew up on the east side ofand attending the Catholic school Christ the King. He graduated from . Barber moved to Florida and earned a Bachelor degree in Entertainment Business from the entertainment industry college, Full Sail University.
XXL Magazine contributor, Chad Kiser, spoke about Barber, stating that “every team needs their own Jeffrey Goines so to speak, and we have one with Barber.” Barber was signed to Hoopla Media Group and Death Row Records. He was signed after the success of his song, Sofa Bed, which he co-wrote with Nappy Roots MC, Buffalo Stille.
Barber’s debut on Death Row Records and Hoopla Media Group has been moved several times due to Death Row Records dealing with bankruptcy.
Barber formed the group, Illuminati Sky with rock metal musician, Josh Tifer, and the band toured with like Naughty by Nature, DefTones, and more. The song Run Thru the Streets, was an anthem for the Occupy Wall Street movement and was heard in two documentary films on the occupation. The song, Take Your Time, reached the top 20 on Itunes in 2012 and was released by Interscope Records.
The song Sofa Bed produced by and featuring Barber was featured on the album of Grammy nominated and multi-platinum rap group, Nappy Roots. Sofa Bed went on to chart on the Billboard top 100 at #47.