Yannique De Lisle Barker (born January 25, 1985), known by his stage name Stack$, is an American hip hop musician from Miami who grew up in Washington, D.C.
His father, Cecile D. Barker, managed Sly & the Family Stone and Peaches & Herb, while co-producing "Midnight Train to Georgia" with his partner Tony Camillo. Later, he founded a successful aerospace company (OAO Corporation), which he later sold to Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor. Barker also founded OAO Technology Solutions, an information systems company, which he took public via an IPO on the NASDAQ. He later moved his family to South Beach, Florida where he was one of the three partners who built the Royal Palm Hotel on Collins Avenue, and he founded or bought several restaurants and night clubs in South Beach, including Solid Gold, Club 320, and SoBe Live. Cecile D. Barker is now a SoBe Entertainment record executive.
Born and raised in Washington DC, Stack$ attended the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. While at Landon he was a member of the tennis team. Stack$ attended the University of Southern 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 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, Stack$ began working on his album, "CraZee and ConfuZed" after being signed by SoBe Entertainment/Warner Bros. $tacks is also the CEO of SoBe Entertainment.
His former girlfriend is singer and reality television personality Brooke Hogan. On July 29, 2009, they appeared on The Howard Stern Show. Stack$ dating Aisha Thalia
Stacks is in charge of SoBe Entertainment and has signed an exclusive pressing and distribution deal with Universal Music Group/Fontana. Stacks is now working on his second album.
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