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Remembering Eyedea…

October 16, 2011

I couldn’t attend the park bench/picnic table dedication in St. Paul today, so I made this tribute.

WHO FLOPPED IT BETTER? – “Love to Love You”

February 25, 2011

The Love Goes Around...

Welcome to Who Flopped It Better? A recurring segment here where we look at a sample used in a variety of rap songs and determine who indeed flopped it better? This week we look at “Love to Love You” by Donna Summer!

Donna Summer – “Love to Love You” (1975)

Donna Summer’s first disco hit in America. A midst a successful disco career in Europe, Summer suggested the line “I love to love you” to songwriter Giorgio Moroder who flushed the concept out into a full song that went to number one on the dance charts. Its infectious bassline has lived on, being used in three particularly different ways.

Digital Underground – “Freaks of the Industry” (1989)

Off the group’s celebrated debut Sex Packets, “Freaks of the Industry” maintains Summer’s sultriness to the point making the bassline come off almost sinister in its seduction.

Eyedea and Abilities – “Big Shots” (1999)

On the other hand, here we have DJ Abilities’ minimalist stripping of the sample to just the isolated bass, giving an authoritative thump for celebrated battle champ Eyedea to lop character study punchlines over.

Run-DMC – “Degeneration X” (2000)

Finally we have the Run-DMC reworking of the “Degeneration X” theme, a reworking of “Love to Love You” if it was performed by Rage Against the Machine. It’s a puzzling song that really dates Run as, despite being the entrance music for wrestling’s preeminent counter-culture degenerates, Run spends the first verse lecturing rappers who sampled him without asking permission and then threatening to sue them. Tough talk from a man who spent his first four albums not clearing a single sample at all.

So the question arises, who do you think flopped it better?

Until next time…let’s agree to agree!

R.I.P. Eyedea – My Top Ten Favorite Eyedea songs (C.A.T.T.L.E.)

November 8, 2010

Rest in Peace - Eyedea

Michael “Eyedea” Larsen was one of the most beloved figures in both the Twin Cities music scene and the worldwide underground soundscape. A passionate artist, compassionate thinker and genuine soul, his work was as varied as it was experimental. First rising to national prominence by winning the 2000 Blaze Battle, he soon ran to the opposite end of the rap spectrum and made some of the most complex conceptual rap music the genre’s ever heard. As a native Minneapolitian, it was great growing-up with Eyedea in the world. He was always an accessible, excited figure and really inspirational and influential on countless levels. He was our one-man Good Life Cafe. His numerous exploit across genres are too numerous to name, and for this special installment of Chaz’s Arbitrary Top Ten List Extravaganza, I’m just going to let the music speak for itself.

10 ) Eyedea & Abilities – “Music, Music”

9 ) Eyedea & Abilities – “One Twenty”

8 ) Eyedea – “Weird Side”

7 ) Eyedea – “Big Shots”

6 ) Eyedea f/ Sage Francis & Slug – “Embarassed”

5 ) Eyedea – “Even Shadows Have Shadows”

4 ) Eyedea – “Step by Step”

3 ) Eyedea – “Bottle Dreams”

2 ) Eyedea & Abilities – “Smile”

1 ) Eyedea & Abilities – “Now”

BONUS: Eyedea vs. RK – where Eyedea’s closing punchline is arguably the greatest moment in the history of rap battling.

A Fantastic, Raw interview with Chilly S

R.I.P. Michael “Eyedea” Larsen 11/9/81-10/16/10