An emcee/DJ duo from Minneapolis, Eyedea & Abilities serve up the sort of
thoughtful, reflective hip-hop that many critics have dubbed "emo-rap." Like
their labelmates Atmosphere, their songs revolve around personal feelings and
frustrations and never veer into gangster fairy tales or high life fantasies.
Abilities is a champion DJ and excellent producer, while Eyedea is a Scribble
Jam battle vet with a style akin to wordy lyricists like Sage Francis or even
Aesop Rock. They released their debut album First Born in 2002, followed
by E&A in 2004 and By The Throat in 2009. Sadly, Michael "Eyedea" Larsen passed away in 2010 at the age of 28.