Yannique De Lisle Barker (born January 25, 1985), better known by his stage name Stack$, is an American hip hop musician from Miami who grew up in Washington, D.C. Stack$ earned his name from a Miami rapper, Brisco, referring to his "ill" songwriting skills and multi-dimensional personality. His father managed Sly & the Family Stone and Peaches & Herb, while co-producing "Midnight Train to Georgia" with his partner Tony Camillo. Later, he founded a successful aerospace company (OAO Corporation), which he later sold to Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor. Barker also founded OAO Technology Solutions, an information systems company, which he took public via an IPO on the NASDAQ. He later moved his family to South Beach, Florida where he was one of the three partners who built the Royal Palm Hotel on Collins Avenue, and he founded or bought several restaurants and night clubs in South Beach, including Solid Gold, Club 320, and SoBe Live.
Born and raised in Washington DC, Barker spent his school years in Bethesda, Maryland at the all-boys school, Landon. While at Landon he was a member of the tennis team. Barker attended the University of California (USC) and graduated from the University of Miami (UM). He was preparing for his 3rd year of film school at the USC School of Film and Cinematography when he decided to postpone school to pursue his lifetime passion for music. He eventually completed his BS undergraduate degree at UM. He is presently enrolled in a graduate program at UM.
At the age of 17, he landed a spot in MTV's television program "Freestyle Battles," but never got to compete on air as he was too young. Determined to make his name as an MC, Stack$ spent the next few years taking homemade CDs to local radio stations and reciting verses on mixtapes. In 2004, Barker began working on his album, "CraZee and ConfuZed" after being signed by SoBe Entertainment/Warner Bros. Barker is also the CEO of SoBe Entertainment.
On July 29, 2009 he appeared on The Howard Stern Show with his former girlfriend Brooke Hogan. Actually with Aisha Thalia
Barker is currently in charge of SoBe Entertainment and recently signed an exclusive pressing and distribution deal with Universal Music Group/Fontana. Barker is now working on his second album.