Evansville, Indiana native and current Florida resident, Michael Barber. Michael Barber edged out another Evansville MC, Cas One and Bloomington rapper, Matty Moe. Surprisingly, Gary rapper and former XXL Freshman list member, Freddie Gibbs finished almost last on our list as he was my pick going into voting.
Barber signed a record deal with the infamous Death Row Records via WIDEawake Entertainment last year, but WIDEawake must have paid Barber and Crooked I too much money upfront because they filed for chapter 11 this summer and Barber’s October release was moved to February 23rd 2014.
Barber is also a member of what is listed as rock/punk/hip-hop group, Illuminati Sky. Illuminati Sky did several summer tour dates with the Roots, Naughty by Nature, and Afroman.
We have two songs for you from Mr. Barber, the first is a funny, upbeat track titled, Circus Beer. The second song is a video from his group, Illuminati Sky, titled, Run Thru the Streets. Two extremely different songs from a talented artist. Congrats to Michael Barber!