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Friday, October 22, 2010

Rest In Peace Michael David Larsen, AKA Eyedea, November 9, 1981 – October 17, 2010

We have lost one of the greatest artists of our generation. Eyedea was a hip-hop artist from Minnesota and involved in the Rhymesayers consortium. He was a lyrical genius. His words were both personal and global, brilliant in their rhyme schemes and also poignant. No one writes like he did. No one wrote like he did.

I had the opportunity to attend one of his concerts about this time last year, in Atlanta. The show was under the guise of the group Eyedea and Abilities, a group consisting of Eyedea with his best friend and DJ, DJ Abilities. They had been friends since childhood. I attended the show with my two best friends, my brother, and my friend that I have known since early childhood. The show was fantastic. I found it interesting that he always referred to himself as “Michael”, never “Eyedea”. Don't know why I found that interesting.

After the show, I had a chance to speak with Michael for a couple of minutes. I met a man who was kind, clever, and sad. I greatly admire his work, and I am sad that we have lost such a voice.

May your words resound for ages, Michael.


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