Eyedea performing “Even Shadows Have Shadows”.
Minnaepolis emcee Michael “Eyedea” Larson passed away today according to City Pages magazine in Minneapolis.
There is a facebook page set-up to help with funeral costs.
after the jump i ramble about my memory of bumping into Eyedea. And posted some videos that stick out in my mind.
I’m not an expert on Eyedea’s life or music by any means.
Earlier this week, midwest hip hop saint, Kevin Beacham sent out this email announcing the end of Scribble Jam. Scribble was a Hip Hop festival in Cincy.
Later this week I might post highlights that include me painting at Scribble, Eminem, MF Doom, Sage Francis, Meta4ce, Brand Nubian, RJD2,Def Jux,Atmosphere, Anticon, Blueprint and disparging comments about the females that the so-called “Queen City” has to offer.
BUt until then…here is what Mr. Beacham had to say.
Scribble Jam 1996-2008
First off, let me just say thank you to everyone who has been reaching out about Scribble ’09. Sorry for putting you on hold, but we had a lot of things to consider. This letter explains it all. Sorry it’s a bit long but I wanted to really try to capture the full situation. If you just want the details without the theatrics, skip to the last two paragraphs J
My homie and crewmate from Portland, Sasquatch, was in Ohio for a week or so for… Scribble…bombing…bbqing..discussions about falling in and out of love at inopportune times…discussions about the need for more classy behavior in graffiti… discussions about the worldwide onslaught of condos(Portland and Spain are getting gentrified)…discussions the overuse of u-locks in fights in Portland by hipsters at artshows….his conclusion…
Pluto has left the universe, and we are all thrown off by it.
Dood was hella likable…
2007 Scribble Jam happened this weekend. And for the first time in some time, I wasn’t there.
And am very happy because of it. If they would build a hotel with a pool adjacent to Annie’s, I would possibly go. But I am too old and miserable to stand around and listen to whiney white people making homoerotic insults that illustrate an intense sexual repression during the mc battle..
The graffiti is usually good though. I found these photos of IOK’s wall at America’s Largest Hip Hop Festival.
Zerostar also didn’t go to Scribble. He stayed at home, and played racketball.(True Story!)
When not playing sports, he recorded some freestyles. One is over DJ Przm’s instrumental that was originally used for Copywrite’s song Ten Times. The other is over Blueprint’s Lo-Fi Funk. In that Freestyle, he claims to use that El Jesus. Not sure what drug that is. But just when I thought everyone came to their senses and realized rappers and indie rockers have nothing in common, and have no business hanging out with each other, Zero suprised me.
MP3: Zero-Ten Times Freestyle
MP3: Zero-Lo Fi Funk Freestyle.
More Scribble Flicks After the Break
Kevin Beacham of Rhymesayers Entertainment sent an email listing some of the performers at Scribble Jam this year. I’m kinda stoked on the amount of early to mid 90′s Hip Hop included.
SCRIBBLE JAM 2007
“POWERED BY SCION”
MC BATTLE + DJ BATTLE + B-BOY BATTLE
BEATBOX BATTLE + GRAFF EXPO
AUGUST 9-12, 2007 CINCINNATI, OH
RAIN OR SHINE
“Boot Camp Click (Buckshot, Smif n Wessun, Heltah Skeltah), Evidence and DJ Revolution, Mr Dibbs & Self Core, Black Milk, Lifesavas, DJ P, Animal Crackers, Medusa, DJ Zeph & Azeem, Galapagos 4 (Qwel, Robust, Mestizo), Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, Jaz O (a.k.a Big Jaz), Carnage and a few more things still being worked out.”
Here is some Youtube action of the Gods involved:
Donewaiting.com’s Friendship Farm don’t cotton 100 percent to naughty natured vandals that are down wit’ OPP (or PBJ). However, the graffiti in this video is pretty harmless and the PBJ involvement is somewhat anon.
The footage is from my friends at Better Days, makers of a graffiti dvd series that documents work from all over the great United States with a strong focus on Ohioians.
This installment showcases pieces in the Cincy channels and Scribble Jam 2006.
The channels are a endless concrete playground for writers who don’t mind jumping over a huge sewage stream and are content with giving beers to homeless crackheads to pacify harassment and snitching. (The upside of the breaking the bums off with booze is they protect your burners sometimes. Even derelicts have their loyalties!!)