A week ago, the hip-hop community lost another young MC too early. The Rhymesayers camp said good bye to Eyedea, who passed away at just 28 years old.
Although the cause of his death is still unknown, a memorial has been organized to celebrate rapper Eyedea’s life this week.
Fans of the Minnesota rapper (real name: Micheal Larsen), who died on October 16, will be able to pay their respects at a public wake on Thursday (October 29), from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront Hotel in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.
“He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. In the days to come, we feel the focus should be on Micheal’s life, music and legacy,” said his Rhymesayers label. “Let’s celebrate his life, remember his music and never forget what he has given us all.”
Additionally, those wishing to send flowers are welcomed to do so, but all deliveries must be made to arrive on Thursday (October 28). The address is: Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront, Minnesota Grand Ballroom, c/o Micheal Larsen Memorial, 11 East Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55101.
Additionally, Rhymesayers has announced that it will also be throwing an event in his honor on November 9 in Minneapolis. A $20 donation will be asked at the door, or buy tickets at ETix.com.
“My friend, my brother. I do not know who I would be without your influence in my life,” Rhymesayers founder and fellow rapper Slug said. “You challenged me without tearing me down. You pushed and encouraged me to be a better person. You had my back even when I didn’t have my own back. Your words, thoughts, and ideas impacted me in ways that I probably haven’t fully realized yet. You made me laugh and cry. You made me look and question. Thank you for everything.”
Eyedea was respected in the hip-hop community among his peers, rising to fame as a freestyle battle MC. His notable freestyle battle wins included the televised “Blaze Battle” sponsored by HBO in 2000 and a victory at Scribble Jam in 1999. In 2001, he and his partner DJ Abilities released their first album, First Born, under the name Eyedea & Abilities, and have been making music ever since.
“Mike was the closest friend I ever had. He was as caring as he was brilliant and was a true prodigy,” said partner, DJ Ablities. “I am honored to have been in his life and to have created with him and help spread his messages. He was a great human being and he will be missed.”
All donations can be directed to Micheal’s Mom, Kathy Averill, and sent through Paypal. To send a donation, visit the official Facebook page for info and links to send money.