White Rappers

Michael Barber

Michael Barber Rapper

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.

Years Active: 2006-Present

Labels: Past: UMG & Death Row Records; current ECP Music Group/Slam.House

Best Known Song: Sofa Bed

Michael Barber is an American musician and producer who was signed to both Universal Music Group and Death Row Records through WIDEawake Entertainment.Barber is best known for his song, Sofa Bed, and his musical movie collaborations, Motion Picture Mayhem. Michael is the front man for two different musical groups, Illuminati Sky and Audio Stepchild. Barber has worked inside the entertainment industry for over 15 years as a producer, A&R, publicist, and musician. He has worked on studio projects and marketing campaigns with major artists such as Nappy Roots, Kia Shine, the Wu Tang Clan’s U-God, Method Man, and Streetlife among others.

Barber is of Irish and German descent, and grew up in the Southern Indiana city of Evansville. Barber has toured the country both in bands and as a solo artist. He was in the hip hop collective, Rhyme Related out of Louisville, Kentucky, and in the Punk-Rap band, Illuminati Sky which released the single, Take Your Time via Interscope Digital. It has sold over 102,000 singles to date.

Besides the hit song, Sofa Bed and the remix, Another Sofa Bed, and Sofa Bed 502 Remix, all with Nappy Roots, Barber is known for his Motion Picture Mayhem series of albums.

Motion Picture Mayhem

Motion Picture Mayhem is a five part musical album series based on movies put out by Universal Records recording artist, Michael Barber. The success of parts 1 and 2 of this series lead the unsigned Barber to get a record deal with Universal Records. The movie based hip hop genre albums have been downloaded over 100,000 times mostly torrent sites. The second installment was released as a free download, and downloaded over 40,000 times in a two day period. After being a free download, Barber put the album on Itunes in January and it has since sold close to 125,000 copies as reported by Nielsen Soundscan.

Barber has said that the idea for the album came from “the best rapper he has ever heard,” an MC from his hometown of Evansville, who went by the name of Tech-Knowledge.



Motion Picture Mayhem

Motion Picture Mayhem II

Motion Picture Mayhem III

The Purple Aces Project 

Sand Dollars

Deadly Combo with Matty Moe


Sofa Bed with Nappy Roots

Another Sofa Bed with Nappy Roots

Sofa Bed 502 Remix with Nappy Roots and Junior

She’s My Pennie Lane (UMG)

Take Your Time (Illuminati Sky) Interscope

External Links

Michael Barber on Twitter

Michael Barber on Facebook



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