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Eyedea & Abilities were an American duo comprised of lyricist Eyedea and turntablism champion DJ Abilities. Under the name Sixth Sense they produced their first collaborative album Grand’s Sixth Sense in the basement of their childhood home. Their wordy, thought provoking debut First Born was released under the name Eyedea & Abilities after signing to the underground hip hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Their commercially successful sophomore album E&A (released 2004) became a staple of the Twin Cities hip hop community, although following hectic touring the release of Eyedea & Abilities next album By the Throat would take several years, with Eyedea and DJ Abilities touring separately.

After a productive hiatus they returned with the critically acclaimed By the Throat (released 2009). Sonically divergent from their earlier work, By the Throat would showcase the their individual development along with the talents of Jeremy Ylvisaker, J.T. Bates & Graham O’Brien.

Eyedea (Born Micheal Larsen on November 9, 1981 – October 16, 2010) who also performed under the name Oliver Hart became widely known because of his battle and freestyle skills. The Many Faces of Oliver Hart prominently features the obliterating lyrical speed of a young Carnage The Executioner aka Terrell Woods along with Slug (of Atmosphere).


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  • Plaza_Trinidad

    Cursed is he who can't burn by fire <3

    7 Dec 1:19am Reply
  • philosopher_SD

    True Freestyle lyricist

    6 Dec 4:18am Reply
  • MrCuckoo

    No one will ever die if their messages live on.

    29 Oct 5:42am Reply
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    8 Jul 5:05am Reply
  • ThePrio

    One little flicker of light can erase the dark.

    7 May 8:41pm Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    RIP Eyedea.

    1 May 2:55am Reply
  • BullshitAsUsual

    the many faces of oliver hart is getting a vinyl release for record store day

    16 Apr 1:24pm Reply
  • MaximumPezcore

    Just listened to By The Throat in its entirety for the first time, since I have been able to acknowledge this guy's talent from various videos I've seen but never really actively got into his music, and it was a pretty cool experience overall. It wasn't the most impressive album I've ever heard, with a chorus or two not sitting that well with me, but it was very interesting.

    22 Mar 4:16am Reply
  • SkinneeJay

    All the criticism I heard against By the Throat is that it's not an exact copy of Liquid Swords.

    18 Jan 10:13pm Reply
  • BigZebTM

    By The Throat is one of my favorite albums ever

    5 Jan 9:04am Reply
  • BlabberMouf

    in some ways, the greatest rapper of all time ever, very sad loss still R eye P [2]

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Doctored-Wings

    in some ways, the greatest rapper of all time ever, very sad loss still R eye P

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pray_for_rain

    Check out my blog where I review underground hip hop! Latest review: Eyedea and Abilities album E&A!

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Smuggles

    Every day I listen to your music and know you went before your time was over in this world.

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DanDanDanneh

    We love and miss you, Mikey. And many good vibes are being sent in DJ Abilities' way. :)

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • sickdeadcorpse

    r. eye. p.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • InverseOutverse

    My only problem with By The Throat is that it's too damn short.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Nekro__b

    By The Throat - один из лучших альбомов что я слышал

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • NeedsDeodorant

    "By The Throat" is one of my favorite albums ever! It plays a lot in present and it well play in my stereo a lot in the future. R.I.P. Eyedea, one of the greatest musicians in this planet!

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Draven-Ghost

    Even though I've never met Michael (unfortunately) I know he loved me and you. That's what made him so great, he was able to build these connections with people and pull them through anything. I'll never stop missing him. You'll always be my soul brother, Mikey.

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
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