Minnesota rapper Eyedea dead at 28
October 18th, 2010
06:09 PM ET

Minnesota rapper Eyedea dead at 28

St. Paul, Minnesota rapper Eyedea has passed away, CNN has confirmed. The artist, born Michael Larsen, was 28. No other details about his passing have been released.

Eyedea, who came to fame as part of the indie label Rhymesayers, was well-known for his tight delivery as well as for holding his own in freestyle battles, such as HBO’s “Blaze Battle” and Ohio’s “Scribble Jam.”

In a statement on the label's website, his mother said, "It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away. At this time we kindly request you respect our privacy as we process this devastating loss."


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    May 7, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. South side pride

    Aye! Everyone should jus shut up! None of this is true. How he died is not known to the public. His family isint sayin how he died, prob because there not over his death yet. All that is known is he died in his sleep. Shut ya mouths dont spread rumors about Eyedea we will find out when we find out. Im sure his family dosent want everyone thinkin he overdosed or killed himself when its probolly not true. If yall like Mike so much then ya should respect him im sure he wouldnt want all thiese lies blown up all over the cnn website. R EYE P <3

    November 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John King

    Dag – that's rough. He saved my life, too. His music was powerful and now he's gone. A great talent – silenced "fo"eva. RIP Eyedude.

    November 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joeyT

    Huh? Who?? Oh, that's right. EVERYONE will forget this nobody in about 24 hours!

    November 8, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mad_Moose

    Gawd...if only all other cRappers would follow suit.

    November 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rev Ted Haggart

    He was a sinner and God killed him cause he really bad and stuff. And he was gay

    November 5, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. adolf

    I hope that all rappers will follow his lead and die as well

    November 5, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dick

    Natural selection at work

    November 5, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. onlylonely

    only met the Eyedea portrayed in the music but nonetheless he affected my view immensly. But as for the Hemingway statement, I would say Vonnegut of hiphop, Hemingway no. Even though comparing him to authors doesn't do him or his words justice.
    RIP brother

    November 5, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. @gabe

    Shut your damn, dirty, wh0re mouth

    November 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vulcan

    Bahhhhhahahaha! Rap sucks.

    November 1, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. mongo

    Who? Emin ... oh, mah bad, just another white bread, unheard of dead rapper. Moving on, anyone see that new Justin Beiber video?

    November 1, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. EmmieCal

    via Brother Ali's Twitter on Micheal....

    "When people rejected him, he took it as a sign that he was being so real it made them uncomfortable. He felt sorry for his critics."

    October 20, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    I listened to the songs posted on NPR. He's alright, didn't strike me as anything amazing. I did like Burn Fetish and Hay Fever. But his voice was pretty annoying, especially when he tried to sing. Awful.
    Judging from his personality on those songs, it's also possible that he killed himself, besides ODing.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. EmCal

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P51FLeSq_k&w=640&h=390]

    In case anybody doubts his talents. He was more than a just a "rapper". He did many things. Listen to Carbon Carousel's Sunspots

    October 20, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  16. Realhiphop

    For everyone who is wondering who Eyedea was, you're saying a lot about your lack of knowledge in hip hop and music in general. You clearly haven't ever gone much deeper than the top 40 rap thats made for 14 year old girls to dance to. Do some research on what real art is and get back to me.

    October 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Rach

    Eyedea was one of a kind. His mom could be looking to these posts as a consolation and people have the audacity to argue about trivial details or who he was. just PLEASE have respect for fans and family who may look to these articles for some comfort. if you didn't know who he was, either look into it or shut up. no one else cares that you don't know and you really aren't recommending yourselves to us, his fans.

    he was an awesome person who would take the time to talk to any fan that asked him questions.

    October 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rip eyedea

    Lost a great emcee! Sad but his music will live on for us hip-hop heads. RIP eyedea u were one of thee greatest!

    Underground worldwide!

    October 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Johnny Drama

    I had never heard of him until this article. I watched some of the videos and the guy had incredible skills. It's a shame it took his death for a lot of people to discover his music and his talents. i love lyrically talented rappers, not crap like lil wayne and all that garbage.

    I'll bet Em and him in a collaboration would have been sick as hell!

    October 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chad

    RIP Eyedea! You will be missed! I remember watching you catching wreck at Scribble Jam and I remember meeting you at a very small show in Bloomington Indiana. I can't believe it! So much talent. You and yours are in my thoughts!

    October 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  21. momo

    Rap = big waste of time...

    October 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Thank you much for your unwanted opinion. It was completely unnecessary and very rude. If you don't like rap, don't comment. If you didn't know who Eyedea was, don't comment. I knew Eyedea and he was a cool person and an inspiration to many people. Show some compassion instead of spilling your mouth. R.I.P Eyedea. You will be missed.

      October 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. mari

    Eyedea poured his heart and soul into his music. He was special. He will be missed by friends and fans alike.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Horus Tucker

    http://www.examiner.com/hip-hop-music-in-minneapolis/our-friend-eyedea-has-passed

    October 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  24. David

    CNN should really consider not allowing comments when they post an obit on the blog...you're always going to get callous commenters who disrespect the dead and the loved ones they left behind. It's beyond depressing...it should go without saying, it doesn't matter who it is or if it's somebody you've heard of or whatever, just show some simple, human respect. If people are so heartless that they can't do it, then CNN should just disallow comments.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  25. eldono

    Is the news so slow that a story is carried of this insignificance? Also, what did he die of??

    October 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Angry in MN

    What is wrong with all you people writing hateful comments on here? Or even the "Who?" comments. If you don't know who Eyedea was, don't post anything. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. I only hope that none of his family or close friends see the trash you've written. Eyedea was a truly amazing human being. RIP

    October 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmCal

      Sadly, we already have. CNN needs to disable now, it's entirely disrespectful.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  27. truehater

    Bobington,greenteagod,Jack Meoffer,swimtiger,Bobginton,ApeHanger,SAD,J@ckCr@cker,Jeff,Eric,Ayisha,Dr Diento,PARROT,g,Frank,Ronald Raygun,NM,truthinrock,portalpunk,james,ronnie,Hmmmm,cheefsfury,Ya, Who?,

    Hi all, whoever you are, I just wish that all of you and your love ones are all dead.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Truehater, what a big man you are, wishing death on complete strangers and their families over the Internet. Get a life, a brain, a heart and a clue, and stop trolling for the attention you so desperately need, ass_hole.

      October 20, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  28. yankee cowboy

    So, how did he die?
    Was he shot because of a "north coast-south coast" rivalry?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mike

    saved your life? Really? Did he pull you from a burning car that was about to explode? Did he give you CPR when you were not breathing? Wrestle an alligator that was coming for you?
    If he saved your life by simpy singing a song then you must be really F'd up. Go see a psychiatrist because you definitely need one.
    As for the rapper? Didn't know him, but it sounds like he was very talented and will be missed by many. Too sad that he had to die so young.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. HEDO

    Who cares!!!!! Why is this news worthy?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • A**clowns

      You're right not newsworthy...coincidentally someday your passing won't be either.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • My Side MN

      Wow really? you obviously have not heard the best poet alive, I sugest you look up Rhymesayers. Its pretty much spoken word spit behind a beat. And have some respect, Eyedea was the greatest MC alive

      November 19, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. meat

    "Hip-hop". An idiotic name for idiotic 'music'.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Horus Tucker

      Mikey was not hip-hop. That's what other people have labeled him. In fact, he liked "The Pixies" more than he liked any rap group. Listen to his music before you speak. Listen to this:

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9-eKhCukW8&w=640&h=390]

      October 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jamal Ali

    How hard is it to do a youtube search for "eyedea"? RIP

    October 19, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  33. Rochelle

    It's sad that someone cannot die without other sad, lonely people having to make fun of them. For all the people saying "Who," why don't you go try to figure out who. There are plenty of talented artists that you don't know about. The way the comments go on here, you would think these people are record producers that "know everyone."
    L.A.M.E.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  34. Cuso

    Eyedea was one of a kind. R.I.P. Eyedea.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jack Meoffer

    Huh ? Who ? File this under who gives a care.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  36. Anonymous

    Wow. CNN please disable commentary.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. swimtiger

    who dat?

    October 19, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  38. jerryfelldown

    Guess lot's of folks angry elvis wasn't a rapper.but u know it's not new that talent isn't understood. morons are always on the bottom. R I P. tell the truth.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  39. Andy

    RIP Eyedea. People are jus so ignorant and to be honest i never heard of him myself but he sound like he was a incredible artist and poet. But people show respect to da man and his family. Let dis be said not every rapper who dies were doin any kind of drugs some are good people damn stop bein so insensitive people. Have some respect for da dead.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • monobot

      have some respect for the English language. Eyedea would have wanted that.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  40. devildriver

    I don't see why a rapper's death deserves any more acknowledgement than a store clerks....

    October 19, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • myk c

      and you never would!

      October 19, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • kyle Kl

      Mikey's music was his way of trying to help others. He could have gone mainstream a long time ago, but didn't. He cared not for materialism or surface fame. He is important because he helped other people. He didn't make music, it was art. If you need to say something judgmental, I think you should assess yourself before opening your mouth.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Horus Tucker

      that's like saying Picasso's Guernika didn't affect people in Spain. Sometimes art can offer people more solace than any other form of therapy.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  41. RYAN

    the same group of quasi intellectual keyboard artists orchestrate the chorus of boos in every article on cnn. always complaining about something, the value or integrity of the news story as if you are a seasoned journalist, or just illustrating plain ignorance as is this case in disrespecting a deceased artist who has impacted many lives over time. If he didnt have a national and even international impact to people than you wouldnt find notices across boards and news mediums of all sizes and demographics all over the 'net. every artist over time that has garnered great respect and influenced future generations has been one to push the proverbial envelope. he wasnt ready made streamlined and easy to understand. he was a complex individual who shared his insight with us – and true honesty is a rarity in todays music. if not for anything else, have respect for that.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jay

    If you dont know who he is look him up. It wont take you long, and it will be worth it. Read his poetry, listen to his words, and see what a gifted man he was. I am not going to sit here and wish it was someone else, but I will say that his talent far out weighs Lil' Wayne, Drake, and pretty much anyone else 'mainstream' who raps.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  43. Bobginton

    MEH!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  44. Nicole

    There is something wrong with those of you on here that are saying such awful things about Eyedea. It's not about you, it's about the tragic loss of such a great entertainer. I feel a great sense of loss this morning, I am a huge fan... I just listened to him this morning on my ride to work. RIP.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  45. Brandon

    Why not post pretty much the best thing my man has ever done? Youve never heard anything like around the :39 seconds into this song!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAWrscplyOA&w=640&h=390]

    October 19, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • wins1

      I have to agree "Now" is one of the best tracks EVER MADE, hands down, and my fav E&A track off their best album in my opinion. News of his untimely passing is so tragic, I am stunned and heartbroken for his loved ones. Eyedea was one of the best to ever do it. It's obvious from his work that he was so talented and his vision so unique. We were blessed to have him with us...a giant among men. Eyedea is gone but his voice lives on...God bless and rest in peace. E&A forever.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  46. ApeHanger

    Never heard of him.

    In other news, it was recently discovered that the Brooklyn Bridge is not for sale.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  47. Jon

    For anyone/everyone who is hating and being disrespectful, knock it off. Respect the man for who he was as a person and what he contributed to the underground hip hop scene in Minneapolis. This isn't a debate about rap. This isn't a place to post rude remarks. Many of you people need to learn to have a heart and stop always thinking about yourselves. If you don't know who he was, then no comments are necessary, unless you are solely expressing sympathy

    October 19, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Justus

      Thanks Eyedea for being great. Rhyme in Paradise Eyedea.
      Everyone should show a little respect, come on guys.

      October 19, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  48. SAD

    HE WAS SUCH A GREAT ROLE MODEL. WAIT..... WHO WAS HE?!?!?!?!?!?

    October 19, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  49. Kno Idyiea

    I don't lament that we lost another bryte yung Wrappurr that nobody ever heard of, I just look at lyke this: Heaven's Rap band just got a little more anonymous

    October 19, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  50. SouthernLady

    Josh–in trying to defend the midesterners against being called rednecks you managed to insult EVEERYONE in the south. Just because people live in the south that does not make us a redneck. I live in Georgia currently but I have lived in several southern states and I can tell you that the term "redneck" may have been derived to mean poor southern farmers, but it fits midwesterners just as nicely as you think it fits us. Yes, I can say this because even though I have mainly lived in the south I am in the military so I am constantly around people from different parts of the country. Before you try to spout off your garbage about any race, ethnic group, regional group, etc.– do your research because you just look ignorant.

    October 19, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  51. JKR

    ketchuptacos- well said, exactly.

    October 19, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  52. Jeff

    Never heard of him.

    October 19, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  53. cavemanstyle

    Man, I don't know what's up with you people but this guy could rap. Not only was he good at it, but he was funny, and made people laugh while he was doing it. He was probably one of the best white rappers cool enough to compete with the african american guys that he put down lyrically because I saw it with my own eyes. Atmosphere knew who he was too, they did gigs together. RIP man.

    October 19, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  54. jim

    Was this guy related to Madea?

    October 19, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  55. Eric

    Who????

    October 19, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  56. david

    Man this is horrible. He was extremely talented. R.I.P eyedea

    October 19, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  57. Beth

    R.I.P. Eyedea – you were a great inspiration to so many people. Rest comfortably knowing that your spark has ignited the flames of so many other troubled and gifted youths.

    October 19, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  58. Ayisha

    Who is eyedea

    October 19, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  59. Dr Diento

    The world will never be the same. "The Ernest Heingway of rap"? Is that like being the smartest retard or the tallest pygmey?

    October 19, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  60. Emcal

    As a friend of Mikey's, I'm just absolutely disgusted by the rude comments on here. You should be ashamed. Does it really make you feel better about yourselves? It screams desparation to me. Hiding behind a computer screen trolling discussions boards seeking attention at the expense of someone else's pain and heartache. He was an extraordinary human being and a great friend. RIP

    October 19, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
    • @Emcal

      Agreed. I know firsthand what it's like when your loved one is in a news article and losers with too much time post TERRIBLE, SICK comments.
      RIP Eyedea. This music also affected me during tough times in my life. I only got to see them live once in Colorado Springs, but I'll never forget the alone time I spent with E&A.
      I'm sorry you had to even browse the comments. I don't get why anyone would post if they didn't know who someone was, or didn't care. My best wishes to all of Eyedea's family and friends.

      October 19, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  61. Nick

    "Super insenstive, tasteless and ignorant comment.
    Please respect the mourning of his family, friends and our musical community who lost a great poet, storyteller, MC and such inspiration and MEANINGFUL talent."

    Agreed.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  62. Mario

    Bottle Dreams is still one of the saddest rap songs ever.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMs0P-e9CsQ&w=640&h=390]

    October 19, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  63. PARROT

    I BET THIS IS ANOTHER DRUG RELATED DEAD ....!!

    October 19, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  64. CC

    CNN. I like good humor as much as the next guy. But people come on here. Someone dies, have a little respect.
    One does have to wonder why they dont just disable comments on these sites, as 99% of it is just garbage.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      A lot of what CNN posts is garbage, too. (No, I don't necessarily mean this article.)

      October 19, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  65. Gabe

    First off, his first name was spelled MICHEAL.

    To all the people who are talking trash about hip hop, you probably don't have the slightest idea what hip hop is. Lil Wayne and Drake are not hip hop, hip hop culture has music that in turn contains rap, and all these guys can do is rap. Rap does not require soul, hip hop music does.

    Listen to Eyedea's Oliver Hart album and look at his words closely. They are remarkably insightful.
    Listen to Shadows have Shadows, incredible song. The Dive Part I and Part II are also superb, all of his music was great, and that includes his rock and fusion stuff with Carbon Carousel, Face Candy was great too.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-8GUXaRig8&w=640&h=390]

    Just listen and really think about it, he suffered a lot too.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      "First off, his first name was spelled MICHEAL."

      What kind of name is that?

      October 19, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  66. g

    Let me guess. Drugs? Please learn from this people.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  67. Frank

    I've never heard of him. Is CNN Alternative Press now?
    He probably OD'ed.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  68. Ronald Raygun

    coke or pills?

    October 19, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  69. Chris

    R.I.P Eyedea. I cried yesterday, but I'll still smile....

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9-eKhCukW8&w=640&h=390]

    October 19, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  70. wendy

    @josh...I totally agree. Minnesota is beautifu! Minneapolis is one of the greatest cities ever. Very sophisiticated! Too bad everyone wants to be rude and name call on a sad day. Lots of hearts are hurting tonight. I am sure you know that Prince is from Minnesota and Bob Dylan.too....I guess we all have our definitions of rednecks don't we..I think it's all very siimple...people that call out negative names simply have low self-esteem. It's too bad they had to make today about themselves instead of the artist that died...the word for today is "diginity"

    October 19, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  71. R.I.P

    tinyurl.com/399xoyr

    October 19, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  72. Dearest

    tinyurl.com/399xoyr R.I.P

    October 19, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  73. james

    Eminem should hang his head in shame....look at his lyrics.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • cyberpolice

      Eminem is to busy looking at all his platinum records, his oscar, his millions of dollars to even remotely notice this. I am sure that if he hears about it, he would be sad about the loss of human life, but certainly not because of his lyrics.

      October 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  74. NM

    Never heard of the guy.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  75. Harry Bolzak

    Smells like bong water in here, homey.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Myron

    At some newspapers, including the one in my home town, they disable comments for obits and crime stories b/c they know people will come on and post insensitive and ignorant comments. But at least the dumb comments on this thread are balanced with ones by true fans of the artist. Thanks for posting video, too. I had never heard of him, either, but I respect that he meant so much to his admirers and am willing to give him a listen.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  77. KBinMN

    Heck, I live here and never heard of him. That said – RIP.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Ben

    On This We Stand, without you now on this earth, a place not quiite as bright as but hours ago when you still walked it. Your genius and influence will love on. Milwaukee respect. RHYMESAYERS 4 LIFE.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  79. karl

    I've never heard of this guy! But it sucks that he died so young! Hopefully his death had nothing to do with drugs.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  80. truthinrock

    Fans, don't get yer panties in a wad. This is the biggest mainstream media blow up he's gonna get.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Nick

    Another video for those who want to see this man doing what he loved to do:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IwUDWVaiu4&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Nick

    Cause Im a BIG SHOT!!! Listening to this track as I type this.

    RIP Eyedea. You will be missed, not only in MN but throughout the world. Thoughts and prayers go out to family and
    friends, especially Greg.

    And to all those who are saying "WHO"? – have some class and respect. Imagine if this was a friend or family member of yours...

    For those who don't know check this out...

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IwUDWVaiu4&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      Who?

      October 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbie Ski

      portal r u always this bitter and cynical? it's a sin to be so cynical. pay attention to this man's music, u need it.

      October 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      Who are you talking about, Robbie? Whose music?

      October 19, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan C

      Well a lot of people haven't heard of him. Which is probably close to 98% of the US & 100% of the rest of the world. There are so many so-called "well-known" or "famous" rappers that most people w/ jobs & lives have never & NEVER will hear of. The world doesn not revolve aorund rap or hip-hop, Thank God.

      BTW give me Stevie Wonder or the Sugar Hill Gang any day over non-fanous "famous" people who are introduced to the world by dying in the news.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Robbie Ski

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PU0ofHa2l0&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Robbie Ski

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM6rS7pHN8Q&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  85. B=Dog

    I've seen this guy on HBO. He was good. R I P

    October 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Robbie Ski

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YIJrwIVcPc&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Robbie Ski

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jqGSYJd5fE&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Robbie Ski

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-8GUXaRig8&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  89. raymon

    This is art. He was the top of his game, words on the fly. Don't let the haters get to ya'll; for we know what true music is.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_qMbzfF31k&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  90. zoo dirt

    Sad how disrespectful people are to the deceased. To any family or friends of mikey reading through these comments...eyedea was an inspiration in several forms to thousands of people, he was incredible at capturing true human thoughts,feelings and emotions in song. He was also a a gracious performer...when he came off stage he was always so appreciative of any seemingly monotonous compliment. Wish I had the ability to really express to him how much his music inspired me. My thoughts are with everybody hurting from this.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  91. C C

    Wow!U know,there r sum seriously disrespectful & rude ppl in this world!I didnt know him,never heard of him but how simple & mindless can u b 2 come on here,@ a time like this & b so disrespectful not only 2 this man(regardless of what he died from or who he saved or sounded like wit his lyrics) but the family thats mourning this lost!Think of how u wud feel if sum 1 did this 2 1 of ur loved 1s!!!!!& then u got the haters on here sayin "why cudnt it b this person or that person?"Thats wuz wrong wit the world now!Quit bashin & wishin wrong on other ppl & step YO game up!!!!!!RIP 2 WHOEVER dude wuz & prayers & condolences 2 his Fam!!!!!!

    October 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  92. selfone

    First off all the people showing disrespect try to remember ur talking about a fellow human. He was someones son, and brother. Second mike was a friend not just to me but to all his fans. I've seen him perform many types of shows from underground, jazz, freestyle to spoken words and it didn't matter if there were 10 people in the crowd or 10000 he gave it his all. He was always down to earth, never thought he was better then anyone and most important he always made music with his soul. I am glad and honored i can say i got to hang with him and talk about life in general. In closing i just want to say put the emcee/poet/dj/producer aside Mike as a person will truly be missed. R.I.P. mikey thank you for all the memories

    October 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Petunia

    Ditto you must be an angel.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Robbie Ski

    this video is a freestyle by the way, spontaneous words

    October 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • rapdisser

      And you know this how? Do you think he doesn't practice this when he's not in the public eye? Most of the freestyle I hear revolves around the same core subjects, so it's not that difficult to have some rhymes ready to rap on command.

      Underground used to mean edgy and different. Now it just means that it's not worth gaining any real mainstream attention.

      October 19, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  95. portalpunk

    my rapping & rhyming always had a test, eyedea was one of the best, his lyrics were fly, no other could compare or even tie, its to bad he will no longer play his songs, us rappers will still have to live on.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  96. elijahcloudy

    To all the folks who say this man was a biter, or dirty or what ever... this mans words were true... like dude said hemingway of his time

    October 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      If he was comparable to Hemingway, then why does almost no one outside of a certain niche market know who he is? I know what Rhymesayers is but I've never heard of this person.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Hemingway passed in 1961. Perhaps 49 years from now you will appreciate this guy as well.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • True Rhymesayers Fan

      How can someone know of Rhymesayers and not know of Eyedea? I call B.S. Maybe you're confused about who or what Rhymesayers is. You probably don't know of Brother Ali either huh? RIP Eyedea.

      October 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I know who Brother Ali is. Just because a person knows about a label, doesn't mean they know everyone who's on it. You know, maybe they're just not all that interested?
      Don't act like these people are superstars. I'm tired of all the comments on here acting flabbergasted and insulted when someone doesn't know who this guy is. If you're not into Indie Rap, why should you know who he is? You can also stop acting like everyone who doesn't know him is insulting his memory. How can you insult someone when you don't know who the hell they are? And lets face it: You know he more than likely died of an OD.
      Lastly, don't compare this guy to Hemingway. It's just kinda sad.
      We all have our heroes and I understand the shock and grieving but lets not get carried away.

      October 20, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  97. elijahcloudy

    This sucks sooooo bad... im a underground hiphop artist... one of my main goals was to batte this king of lyrics.... now I will have to wait till I pass... rip eyedea mike.... he was one of the good ones, seriously why couldn't it be lil wayne or drake...... what's next we gonna loose slug aesop del or ace.... we as this hiphop community need to bring real hiphop back...just like eyedea was doing.... rip eyedea

    October 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Dude that was wrong! I agree that Wayne and Drake are poisining the minds of our youth but to wish death on someone thats PURE WRONG!!

      October 19, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  98. evan

    was truly a gifted rhymer! him, atmosphere and sage got me back into underground hip hop after becoming so disillusioned with the scene. Thank you for the good music eyedea

    October 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Gotta add Brother Ali to that list too, I'm from a small town in Vermont but I know Minnesota is the home of underground hip hop. Every Rhymesayers show I've ever been to has been one to remember. RIP Eyedea!

      October 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Robbie Ski

    I started following your career in 2000 or so, when you first shocked me with your paranormal Ability to symmetrically layer words spontaneously. The word freestyle doesn't do it justice... Interviewed you at Rock the Bells 09 in Maryland. You were incredibly humble and pensive. All the great poets from the past decide...d to combine in one spirit this go round. Your art will live on forever, r.i.p.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40MA0pl7Oa0&w=640&h=390]

    October 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • awesome!

      well he rhymed clown with clown, and idea with eyedea. and he can spell his name. sweet! searching youtubes now for the rest of his stuff.

      October 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peacefulguy

      I didn't know who he was until I watched this video. Man this guy obviously had talent. This is all done on the fly. Definitely he would have been in the big time. Too young to go... RIP Eyedea

      October 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  100. james

    Thats it...im officially out of the Rap loop.....who ? Also, what happened ?

    October 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Kayla

    Such beautiful lyrics this man had. He was a prodigy and he saved my life as well. RIP Eyedea

    October 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Momin

    rest in peace eydea. you were a hell of an MC and i pray that things go good for your family and friends. youwill be missed.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  103. ALX

    I remember watching Scribble Jam videos when I was getting into inde-rap almost ten years ago seeing Eyedea battle and thinking "this kid is gonna do big things", had a chance to meet him at the Key Club in L.A... sucks to hear about someone from your generation passing away so soon.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Best battle lyric ever was during the Blaze Battle when Eyedea's opponent started dancing behind him and he came up with something like "I'm gonna straight rap enhance ya, this mother****** wants to be my backup dancer!" I don't know why that line has stuck with me all these years but I've never seen someone come up with such a great punch line so quickly

      October 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Matt

    RIP Eyedea, you'll be missed by fiends and fans.

    Boy there are some morons on this website. You don't like him or don't know him don't post, show some respect. Don't waste your time replying to this with misspellings, incompetence and ignorance, I'm not going to be paying any attention, good luck with life.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Ditto the "Who?"

    Never heard of him...but rest in peace...I heard you saved a life...may god bless your soul...

    October 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  106. y0uwilbemissed81

    A talented man and a talented writer. He was like the Ernest Hemingway of hip-hop. I had the chance to meet him when he did a show in Chicago a few years back, and what I remember most is he didn't treat his fans like fans, he treated them like friends. For anyone that has never heard of him, look up his lyrics before you even listen to his songs, because his writing was second to none in the hip-hop world.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grog

      Hey Portaplunk [sic] – Nice that you can neatly wrap up an entire genre so neatly. Shows how mindless you are. Rap and hip hop are not my bag, but I do respect it as an art form and recognize that there are some truly gifted poets and artists in the hip hop world. If you haven't listened to it, then don't comment on it.

      RIP Mikey.

      October 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  107. katmoney

    Megan, get a grip. I'm sure most people don't know who Eyedea was, considering that he was on an indie label. It's great that his music saved your life (and sad that he's dead, so young), but I don't really understand why you wish it was Drake or Justin Timberlake. Because their mainstream music doesn't suit your taste or didn't save your life, they deserve to die?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  108. J

    RIP Eyedea. You saved my life dude.... you'll be greatly missed.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Fly High, Duluth!

    Not only was Michael an amazing talent, but he was also very active outside of music. One important thing he tried to raise awareness of was police brutality in the Twin Cities metro area. He will be sorely missed.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  110. B

    This is truly heartbreaking. I was just listening to pushing buttons this morning. RIP to a truly talented individual. My thoughts go out to the family.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  111. tal

    i cant believe it man. one of my favorite mc's. RIP EYEDEA E&A FOREVER

    October 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Justino

    RIP Eyedea. A true talent. So sad to hear this news. I saw him live a number of occasions in Chicago. Gifted performer, incredible soulful lyricist, awesome storyteller.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe James

      http://www.examiner.com/hip-hop-music-in-minneapolis/our-friend-eyedea-has-passed

      October 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  113. J

    why don't you show a little respect...

    October 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  114. ketchuptacos

    i don't understand. this is an obit announcement. if you don't know who the person it, have respect and just don't post. posting "WHO?" just comes off as rude and give the impression you are trolling. back to the point- homeboy was an amazing lyricist and will be missed. truly, a great story teller. RIP, man.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Ben-jamin

    RIP EYEDEA. he was a great emcee in the underground world. his rap was once called emo rap. Cause its deep and not gansta pop rap. I hadnt seen but once live and was going to see him on his next tour. So f'n sad. He was amazing. Youtube him on the wake up show. If you like hip hop. If you dont, shut up and go listen to your garth brooks.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  116. clodbuster

    megan, seriously?? saved your life countless times......what is wrong with you?

    October 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Marissa

    R.I.P Eyedea. An amazing artist.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Leah (TXanimal)

    @clodbuster: congratulations on having perfect coping skills. Everyone processes their pain & problems differently...if Megan finds her peace in music, so be it. To each his own.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Josh

    @Q: Very funny. :)

    October 19, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  120. Erin

    I first heard about him 11 years ago, and I'm not huge into independent hiphop. But also, I agree, he passed away, and we should speak about him respectfully.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  121. Jack

    THIS MAN WAS AMAZING and will be sorely missed by the Midwest hip hop world.

    If you have not heard of Atmosphere, Rhymesayers or Eyedea, you need to track it down adn give it a listen, it could change the way you think of hip hop! God bless, Eyedea....

    October 19, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  122. j

    eyedea was a legend he will be missed

    October 19, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  123. Cree

    that's what i'm sayin.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  124. nat

    It's funny how you never hear of these people until they die.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  125. Josh

    'Rednecks'? Okay, to your definition, MAYBE Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas, but Minnesota (where Eyedea was from), is far from that. Yes, like any state, we have farms and vast nothingness when you get out of suburbia, but even then, residents are far from 'rednecks'.

    Let me ask you this, are you aware of the definition of a redneck? Most likely not, since you called midwesterners rednecks, when the term is derived from poor southern white farmers. Keyword is southern, where they talk real slow and don't say B-AAAAAAAAAA-g, and FOO-UU-d. See how Minnesotan's talk, and then compare it to every Georgian you know or have ever heard. http://www.brownielocks.com/minnesotatalk.html

    October 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Ben

    If you're referring to the massive hatred you and those who live around you have, then I'm glad we don't know any better. Good luck stewing in that acrid bile of yours.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Wow

    Super insenstive, tasteless and ignorant comment.
    Please respect the mourning of his family, friends and our musical community who lost a great poet, storyteller, MC and such inspiration and MEANINGFUL talent.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Jason M

    It's too bad Eyedea actually won a Scribble Jam and Eminem didin't.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Robbie Ski

    i guarantee u eminem knows who eyedea is. eyedea was the underground reflection of him. he had a chance to sign with major labels when he was a teenager but went the independent route, made thoughful records.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Robbie Ski

    in english please

    October 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Gabe

    Go listen to the song Here For You by Oliver Hart (Eyedea) and you will see how intelligent he was. Combine this with The Dive, Color my World Mine, and Shadows have Shadows and his freestyles and you will get a piece of the complex person that is Micheal.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  132. GHEAD

    Wow. You're about as ignorant as can be huh? So basically in your insular ignorant world ALL rap is how you described it huh? Just like ALL rock is the same, ALL jazz is the same, and ALL classical music is the same? Or perhaps you never even bothered to venture out of your pathetic, cozy, "safe" little world and explore a little? Here's an idea: Why not just keep your mouth shut on topics you have no clue about? Are you that self-loving that you think your words carry some weight that the rest of the population needs to hear and see? Pathetic. Funny thing is I never heard of this rapper, but would NEVER just go ahead and assume what he was about without READING or LISTENING first. Simple isn't it?

    October 19, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  133. greenteagod

    I'd ask what the hell a scribble jam is, but I also have no idea who eyedea is or why it even merits a post on here.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Bobington

    A Scribble Jam, WHO CARES!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  135. Horus Tucker

    maybe that's because Eyedea deserved it

    October 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Frank

    Every state has rednecks. Get over it.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  137. A**clowns

    You are exactly correct. Rednecks hail from a different area of the country. Kinda like Duchebags are from California, Unjustified Snobs are from New York, and mostly inbred come from the South.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  138. mongo

    The term redneck is a word from the Appalachia states in regards to the Irish immigrants who used to wear red bandannas around their necks while they worked. It has nothing to do with farms. L2History.

    November 1, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  139. N

    show some respect

    October 19, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  140. N

    Minnesota and the Twin Cities have one of the biggest underground rap scenes in the world.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  141. MJH619

    The twin cities are running the true rap game, don't sleep on that. Rhymesayers Entertainment currently is what Def Jam was 20 years ago as quoted by MC Serch of legendary 3rd Bass. They have turned down countless MAJOR offers to be bought out and remain independent, Atmosphere could be as mainstream as Em if they wanted(in some eyes they prob are) but they keep it true to their art & fans. Also be sure to check out the DoomTree & Kanser crew.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  142. CNN moderator

    LOL@ MC serch! like that gives anything credibility!

    October 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Jon

    Why do you merit a post on here?

    October 19, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  144. monobot

    Then why would you comment in this article if you don't know who this guy is? Not a whole lot going on in your life to occupy your time?

    October 19, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  145. Chad

    You could always use Google and search "Scribble Jam"

    It is a multi-day Hip Hop festival that has been going on for years. Eminem was doing battles there in 98. It is a festival with a Graff Expo, B-Boy Battles, DJ Battles and 10,000 dollar MC Battle. It encompasses all that is hip hop. It's grown to visit multiple cities now– but originates in Cincy.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  146. cheefsfury

    OBVIOUSLY I LOVE THE CNN WEBSITE SO MUCH THAT I SPEND ALL DAY HERE SO I CAN MAKE FUN OF INTERENT NERDS ALL I WANTED TO KNOW WAS MORE ABOUT THIS GUY SO IM SORRY THAT YOU GOT YOURE GIRLIE PANTIES TWISTED

    October 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  147. meat

    Does the "G" stand for 'give', or 'good'?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Steven Seagal

    Comedic gold – Eyedead!!

    Who died?

    October 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Gabe

    Do a little research, he was an MC named Eyedea, my favorite MC. He was an amazing freestyler and battler, and what I liked the most about him was his written work. I can't even pick a favorite song as so many of them are so special to me. Shadows have Shadows, Here for You, On This I Stand, Color my World Mine (youtube version is not right), The Dive Part I and II, Smile, Burn Fetish, god so many. His stuff from his rock bands are also quite good.

    October 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Steven Seagal

    You, my friend, have won the internets. Good job – hilarious.

    October 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Steven Seagal

    I like "Someday People Will Ask Who I Am"

    October 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  152. browneye

    Gabe, you shut your dirty wh0re mouth before I slap it shut

    November 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |

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