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rest in peace: michael “eyedea” larsen

October 19th, 2010 by Giselle

what sad news to hear this morning, that eyedea, had died saturday in his sleep. i met and interviewed eyedea a bunch of times in new york while working for sohh.com, really nice and smart guy. my favorite memory is back in 2000 when i got assigned to cover the HBO “blaze battle” at hammerstein ballroom. while i was standing in line, these fellow midwestern folks behind me were trying to figure out how to get one person in without a ticket. turns out, when i turned around, it was eyedea’s mom, i think his sister (cousin?) and his partner in crime and brother-from-another-mother, dj abilities (aka max), who was the one without the ticket. i offered him my plus one and we all had a great night on the balcony watching eyedea come out of no where to take home the prize, taking mcs down one at a time.

all night, abilities, keep saying stuff like, my boy gonna’s kill this, you’ll see, and told me how when he was down in out in middle school/high school, and having lots of problems at home, his best friend eyedea invited him come and live at his house with his mom.

my thoughts go out to his mom, max, the rest of his family including the whole rhymesayers crew. eyedea was only 28 and he certainly will be missed, on and off the mic.

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