Marcus Conaway better known as Barnes (Young Barnes) is Baltimore’s hip-hop savior. No need to bring back Biggie and Pac… we got Barnes.
(Atlantic Records) Frank Johnson
“Barnes is a refreshing burst of well groomed talent to the industry. Look forward to a great year of new music from this trendsetter. The awakening of a beast is here.”
(National Radio/Consultant/Promotions Def Jam, Koch, Asylum, Universal etc.) Dave Sherbow
“He is one the most talented kids I have heard out of this region. Barnes really gets it, verses, hooks, and he picks the right tracks. A major should have been looking for someone like him.”
(Mix Tape King) DNA
“Barnes is sick. Looking forward to interviewing him on my XM Radio Show.”
(Neptune’s) DJ NO DOUBT
“Barnes is ill. I know that cat personally. Whatever I have to do to support any of his records, I will.”
(Radio One) DJ Squirrel Wide
“I F–ks with Barnes heavy he has a distinct voice. I put four of his songs on my mixtape. He is a step ahead of the artist in this region.”
“Barnes is one in a million. What sets him apart from other artists I have worked with is that he’s musical and his work ethic is unmatched. He is versatile with his style, flow, and the attitude he puts into his music.”
(Music World Music Group) Tracie Smith
“Looking forward to working with Street Official on any project coming up.”
(Sugar Water/Fontana/Universal) Nigil Mack
“Barnes is a ghetto poet that narrates the urban environment without exploitation! He paints perfect pictures of his life. Street Official is sitting on a goldmine.”
In 2005 Barnes started working on his nationally distributed debut album entitled The Last Shall Be First which was released in March of 2006 on Universal/Sugarwater/Street Official Ent.
The album promotion was cut short short due to a murder charge that Barnes received prior to the release.
Since his major release, Barnes has released multiple mixtapes including: