Michael “Eyedea” Larsen, of Eyedea and Abilities, an indie hip hop artist very well known in St. Paul, Minnesota, aka the Twin Cities, died at 28. It was his mother who found him dead at his St. Paul, Minnesota home, as reported at MTV. Says his mother on the Eyedea Facebook Memorial page, “It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away.”
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, but as reported by MTV, “Larsen was reportedly in good spirits on Friday night when he hung out at Minneapolis’ First Avenue & 7th Street Entry to watch a show featuring Abilities and L.A. rapper Pigeon John.”
Michael “Eyedea” Larsen was famous in underground, but never hit Eminem levels. “I mean to me, when you’re famous you can sort of have fun again because “Who gives a f*ck?” Win or lose. That’s when I won’t lose because I won’t care so much that I’ll be my dopest every time,” said Larsen.
What’s the difference between a mainstream artist and an indie artist? One has tons of money due to a lucky break. If you listen to enough indie artists, you know that many of them are just as talented, or more so, than the mainstream artists you hear on the radio. White rapper Eminem is gifted, but so was white underground rapper Eyedea.
“You gotta take a stand!” “If you’re not against them you’re with them!”
Signs read “Support the troops bring em’ home!” “No more innocent victims!”
But when a homeless veteran asks for spare change you’re too busy protesting to even listen.
Michael “Eyedea” Larsen, who has also performed as a solo artist, didn’t just rap for rap sake. He told stories of addiction, pseudo friendships, loss and more that you’d be wise to listen to. He began as a battle emcee, talented enough to win prizes, such as ranking top at Blaze Battle, a battle of underground hip hop emcees that was televised on HBO. Eyedea’s first album released was First Born, in 2001, with DJ Abilities on Rhymesayers Entertainment
Gil Kaufman, Michael ‘Eyedea’ Larsen Dead At 28, MTV
Eyedea Facebook Memorial page
Eyedea and Abilities at Rhymesayers Entertainment
Eyedea at Wikipedia
Eyedea interview by Hugo Lunny at MV Remix
Eyedea’s Mysterious Death Shocks Many, All Voices