RIP Eyedea



I met Eyedea about 10 years ago. At the time he was Slug’s hype man in Atmosphere and they were both in town for the Rock Steady Anniversary. This was after he had made a name for himself by winning Scribble Jam , but before he had started putting out albums with DJ Abilities and had won the Blaze battle. This was also around the time the idea for “The Orphanage” was birthed. This was to be a super group of underground heads consisting of Aesop, Slug, Eyedea, Illogic and Blueprint. While this project never got off the ground (aside from a small handful of songs that were recorded in Minneapolis over the span of two days) , it did create friendships that bonded everyone.
I can’t lie, that was the last time I saw Eyedea. For a few days, we (The orphanage, Can Ox, Atoms Family) hung out in NYC and just fucked around. It was then that we recorded “Miss By a Mile” , that was later released on “It came from beyond pt. 2”.

I remember being really taken back by how on point Eyedea was. He was much younger than all of us but yet was like a well oiled machine when it came to recording. That kind of skill and exactness is rare to see, especially back then in the days of lyrical miracle rappers who never rhymed the same verse the same way.
We actually recorded a few songs that weekend. One was an alternate version of “Bent Life” (off of Labor Days) which featured Slug and Eyedea. I wish I knew where that was cause it would be really cool to hear again. I seriously have no memory of any part of it EXCEPT Eyedea’s verse. He destroyed that track and ,if memory serves, knocked it out in one (maybe 2) takes. Professional shit.
The third song we did was some truly embarrassing pre-emo emo shit that I think not a single person involved would ever like to see the light of day. Lucky for all parties, I had the only copy and I have no clue where it went. It’s probably buried at the bottom of some box of unmarked cd’s. This is a good thing.

Beyond all the music stuff, Eyedea was a good dude. He was friendly and had boundless energy. I really enjoyed watching him mature as an artist and admired his drive and love of what he did. I wish I had gotten to see him more over the years , if not just to shoot the shit and see, first hand, how he had grown up. My deepest condolences go out to his family and close friends.

Here’s a link to a facebook page that you can donate money to , to help pay for his funeral services.
RIP Eyedea

19 thoughts on “RIP Eyedea

  1. Met him after Aesoprock’s ‘Labor Days’ release party show in New York, September 2001. He opened right before El-P took the stage. I don’t think anybody in attendance was ready for the kind of performance he put on. He stole the show. I caught him outside the venue on my way home. He was truly humbled by my interest in his music and career and felt lucky just to have me as a fan. A rare artist whose live show was better than his recorded material. I always found it hard to listen to him on record because of his voice. But he always took chances and put out polarizing, abstract records.

  2. RIP Michael 😦 😦
    I didn’t realize he was so young

    He tore it up at the Red Rock’s show with everyone.

    I do however need to attempt to motivate Mr. Block to find that ‘Bent Life’ re-edit!!! Holy shit do I want that….Bent Life is one of my favorites…I’d love to see what Eyedea did with it (you can’t tease us like that dood!!) 🙂

    • Thanks man.
      I can’t even really say it’s “my loss” cause I didn’t know him that well, but he was a good guy from the little time I did spend with him and much too young to go.

  3. Far too young to be taken.

    An extremely talented and naturally gifted emcee.

    This really fucking sucks man.

    Rest In Peace Michael “Eyedea” Larsen.

    Nice, honest words Blockhead.

  4. What a shock. I just watched an interview with him and Abilities last night.

    One of the best lyricists out there in my opinion.
    The good die young.

    Much Love & Respect to him, all of his friends and family. ~ *

  5. Little more details I found…….not much help though

    St. Paul police spokesman Andy Skoogman said Monday that the cause will not be determined until toxicology results are available. Authorities said that could take several weeks. Skoogman said there were no signs of foul play or trauma and that Larsen did not have underlying health issues or a history of substance-abuse problems.

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