Yannique 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 and moved the family to Miami.
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. 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.
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.
On July 29, 2009 he appeared on The Howard Stern Show with his former girlfriend Brooke Hogan.
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.