A memorial for deceased underground rapper Michael “Eyedea” Larsen has been set for next week.
Fans of the 28-year-old MC can pay their respects at a public wake scheduled for 7:30 to 10 p.m on Thursday, October 28 at the Minnesota Grand Ballroom’s Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront.
Eyedea’s mother, Kathy Averill, is also currently accepting donations, which can be directed here.
In addition, Rhymesayers will be hosting an event celebrating Larsen’s life on November 9, which was his born day, at the First Avenue Mainroom in Minneapolis. Tickets for the all-ages event will go on sale on Monday (October 25) at 5 p.m. There will also be a tribute on RSE Radio—90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul—this Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m CST, where friends of the rapper will share memories. Fans not in the area can listen online on facebook and kfai.com.
As previously reported, the renowned battle rapper and recording artist for popular independent hip-hop label Rhymesayers, mysteriously died last weekend. Averill told Minnesota’s Star Tribune that she believes he passed in his sleep. She is awaiting the results from an autopsy.
Several of Larsen’s friends issued statements about his legacy today. “Mike was the closest friend I ever had,” said longtime partner-in-rhyme, DJ Abilities. “He was as caring as he was brilliant and was a true prodigy. 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.”
“My friend, my brother. I do not know who I would be without your influence in my life,” Sean “Slug” Daley of Atmosphere added. “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. I love you Mikey.”
“Eyedea was the purest artist I have ever met. An all around amazing human being. Great rapper. And a better friend,” Murs continued.
Eyedea made a name for himself by winning a handful of rap battles, including 1999’s Scribble Jam, and 2000’s Rocksteady Anniversary and the HBO televised, Blaze-Battle World Championships, among others. He soon linked up with DJ Abilities and the duo formed a friendship with fellow MN outfit Atmosphere, signing to their label, Rhymesayers Entertainment. Dubbed Eyedea & Abilities, the group released three solo discs on the imprint, including 2001’s First Born, 2004’s self-titled LP and last year’s By the Throat. As a solo artist, Eyedea also recorded 2002’s The Many Faces of Oliver Hart, which also showcased his talents as a producer. —Elan Mancini