Brother Ali on losing his father and Eyedea during one tour
Over the course of his 2010 fall European tour, Brother Ali experienced the passing of his father, and then just a few days later, Michael "Eyedea" Larsen died. "That was a real tragedy, man," Ali tells RubyHornet in an outtake from a video interview conducted last February the night of a performance with Rhymefest at Reggie's in Chicago. This clip is part of a "Best Shit You Never Saw" series that the site has launched to explore some segments that didn't make the final cut of their original published interview.
Initially, the discussion was regarding a Rhymefest Campaign Concert and fundraiser, and Ali spoke about his support for his friend's push to become Alderman.
But clearly, even several months after Eyedea's passing in October of 2010, the effects of the two very personal events still echo in his face and voice. "I fly home for two days and go to a funeral for my dad, and then fly back to Europe and I'm right back on tour like it never happened," he says, gravely. "And I fly home and we're burying my 28-year-old friend."
Watch the outtakes and hear commentary from RubyHornet below.
And here's the original interview:
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