So this morning I see this in the newspaper:
“ST. PAUL â€” A Twin Cities rapper who recorded under the name Eyedea has died unexpectedly at age 28.
The mother of Michael Larsen says her son died in his sleep from unexplained causes at home in St. Paul on Saturday. Kathy Averill says she’s waiting for autopsy results.
Larsen and his childhood friend, Max Keltgen, recorded three albums as Eyedea and Abilities under Atmosphere’s label, Rhymesayers Entertainment. Eyedea and Abilities were Atmosphere’s backup rapper and turntablist in the late 1990s.”
I’ve never heard of Eyedea, but the name Atmosphere certainly sounded familiar. A little digging through my itunes and I found that I had purchased “Shoulda Known” a couple of years ago after hearing it on my sister’s new rap mix and swapping titles. I never knew that Atmosphere came out of Minneapolis, but it makes sense now considering that I first heard it from my sister and she lives in St. Paul. Huh.
Anyway, if you have never heard anything by any of the names above, enjoy “Shoulda Known” below as a tribute to Eyedea’s passing.
Atmosphere: “Shoulda Known”