I can’t say that I’ve ever experienced the death of an artist I’ve admired so this is particularly new to me. I’m learning that this kind of loss is odd because while you don’t actually know the person, you still feel some kind of connection to them — maybe because you’ve gotten to know them so well through their medium. Well, reports today are saying that Micheal Larsen, aka Eyedea of Eyedea and Abilities aka Oliver Hart, passed away today at the young age of 28. Along with Atmosphere, Eyedea and Abilities was the first rap group to introduce me into the genre and they are ultimately responsible for getting me hooked. The song in this post was actually probably the second or third hip hop track I ever got into. As I said in the “Spin Cycle” post (found below), “Spin Cycle” has been one of the few pieces of art that has ever made me feel spiritual in any way. Not only will I miss him, but the hip hop community is going to miss him. One of a kind rapper and artist.
(The cause of death hasn’t been released yet but once I find out, I’ll update it here.)