Michael Larsen, Eyedea, was half of the group Eyedea and Abilities. Eyedea was best known for winning HBO‘s Blaze Battle. Eyedea’s mother announced his death this morning, October 17, on Facebook. “It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away. At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss. On behalf of Mikey’s family, close friends and fans, thank you.”
Michael Larsen dabbled in many different types of music, but was most popular for his work in the underground rap and hip hop battle scene. His group, Eyedea and Abilities, released albums in 2004, E&A, and in 2009, By The Throat. The duo also had an earlier album, First Born.
Beyond the musical styles of Eyedea and Abilities, Michael Larsen also worked in other genres. In 2006, Eyedea released an album with the jazz group Face Candy. Michael Larsen also formed an alternative rock band. Other than Eyedea, Michael Larsen also performed under the stage name Oliver Hart.
Michael Larsen was most popular in the St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota area, but had many fans in many different places.
In 2009, Johnny Firecloud interviewed Michael Larsen following a recent performance at a festival. Eyedea and Abilities had just released a new album after collaborating together again. Johnny’s description of Eyedea and Abilities‘ album was extremely positive. “It defies the standard rap model, with the rhymes often coming in frantic, passionate bursts that sketch over traditional structure and rap formulaics. That’s the point, and that’s why it’s one of the best, most honest releases we’ve heard this year.” It appeared Eyedea’s future was filled with promise and success before his surprising death.
The news of Eyedea’s death at the young age of 28 has shocked his fans. No additional details or circumstances surrounding Eyedea’s death have been released. Michael Larsen was very talented and his contributions to music will be missed by many. After his mom announced his death on Facebook, fans of Michael Larsen have been leaving many condolences and comments on Eyedea and Abilities‘ Facebook page. If you’d like to do the same, go here.
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