Tuesday, October 19, 2010

There is no hell more harsh than a memory

Winter takes the warm away.
Spring takes the cold away.
Summer takes the rain away.
and Fall took away my friend.

Download Eyedea and Abilities - Hay Fever

I was in a daze on Sunday. I was back on my couch watching football. I had spent a lot of time on this couch this weekend. You see, I was participating in ExtraLife, a 24 hour video game marathon to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The marathon is no 5k race. Nothing that easy. The marathon was to play video games for 24 hours straight. From Saturday 8AM to Sunday 8AM.

I fell right into deep sleep at 8:01 sunday morning and woke up at 1PM. Watched some football and walked around my house like a zombie, unsure what to do next.

Then I watched the late game, Skins almost beat the Colts, and then started to feel the weight of sleep on my head again. I planned on doing one last check of email and facebook and then head back upstairs to go back to bed.

That's when I caught the news in my facebook feed.

RIP Michael Larsen aka EYEDEA. The 28 year old MC and indie rap legend passed away today at his home in Minnesota. Our condolences to EYEDEA'S family and our friends at RHYMESAYERS. "Ya know I'm saying Kinda just turned around from the whole situation Rejecting everything that was going on Thats how I walked into heaven. I Walked away, walked away, walked straight into heaven...I Walked away, walked away, walked straight into heaven..."
I sat there crushed. Totally unexpected and way before his time. We lost a great artist and lyricist. The underground Hip-Hop scene just lost a major player.

Eyedea started his career in the late 90's early 2000's with rap battle wins at Scribble Jam and Blaze Battle. Although his technical skills are sharp as a knife, it's his ability to tell a story in his raps. Another rapper that does this is Tupac, and it's one of the reasons that I am such a fan. If you can rap and tell a story, I'm totally impressed.

While listening to Eyedea all of Monday, I realized there is even a track by both Tupac and Eyedea with similar subject matter but with two completely different perspectives.

Tupac has a track he did under the Makaveli moniker that relates to the relationship he has with his gun. Check out Me and My Girlfriend below.

Download 2Pac - Me And My Girlfriend

Tupac loves his gun. Like any relationship it has its ups and downs. Relationships can sometimes be very toxic. Eyedea lays down a story about a boy and a gun that starts to take a bad turn, but luckily doesn't have the ending you might expect.

Download Eyedea and Abilities - Time Flies When You Have A Gun

And it wasn't until the day that he got rid of it that he felt like he was safe / no longer a slave to that piece of shit.

Weaving a tale so perfectly into a rhyme and then into a rap song is something many rappers should learn. Otherwise you aren't connecting with anyone. I've connected so strongly to Eyedea, Tupac, Biggie, and Jay-Z because they master the art of storytelling in rhymes.

For some reason though, with the exception of Jay-Z, this tends to coincide with an early exit of life and career. Rest in Peace Eyedea. You will be missed.



Unknown said...

Thanks for writing about this. I've been listening to these guys since you told me Sunday night.

It's strange because I feel like I shouldn't be so affected by his death. I mean, I didn't even know the guy! Eyedea was/is my gym buddy, my relationship counselor, and that's-right-this-white-girl-has-some-bass-in-her-car guy.

But, I did know him. At least whatever he let his listeners know. I even forced my man to drive five hours in February this year to see them in some all-ages room in the back of a bar in Flagstaff. I remember Eyedea having issues with the sound, and the back room Flagstaff sound guy couldn't figure it out. So, what's Eyedea do? He walks off the stage (because it was walk offable...super close to the floor & audience) with one of the giant speakers above his head and gives it to the audience.

Here, hear me now.

Here's a giant speaker in your arms. Here's my words. In your face. Above your head. Pass them around.

Can you hear me now?

mookie said...

I'm so glad you shared that story. I hope everyone can read your comment and be moved.

Let's always remember our dear friend.

thank you Vanessa