What Eyedea Meant to Me

Eyedea, the hip hop MC and all-around musician-philosopher from Minnesota, died in his sleep on October 16th, 2010. No one knows how he died yet. We’ll probably never know how, as is often the case with beautiful human beings of note. Frankly, I would like to know exactly how he died, and I want it backed up with evidence and testimony from people who should speak out (you know who you are).

I knew Eyedea, real name Michael Larsen. Mainly I knew him through his music. He didn’t know me much, but he was always kind when we did chat. I also got the chance to speak to him a few times while living in Minneapolis, Eyedea’s hometown for life. My hometown too, intermittently. In person, Eyedea was a live wire, though he had a smoothness to him. Kind of like a benevolent velociraptor: methodical, alert, and ready to explode at a moment’s notice. He smiled a lot.

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