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. Their album would be the first of many releases Mike would put out on Houston based Rap-A-Lot Records. Following the release of Convicts, Big Mike impressed the heads of Death Row Records and almost signed up before he was called by James Prince and asked to replace Willie D when he left the Geto Boys. Big Mike accepted and became a part of the group for their 1993 album Til Death Do Us Part. When Willie D rejoined the group for their next album he no longer was a member. 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.