Twin Cities indie-rap savant Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen may have died more than five years ago, but as City Pages explored last fall, his impact on the music world still resonates deeply.
A light will shine on that impact April 18 as part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. That's when new documentary The World Has No Eyedea will enjoy its world premiere at St. Anthony Main.
The feature-length, crowd-funded doc was directed by Brandon Crowson and co-produced by Eyedea's mother, Kathy Averill. It chronicles the "life and death of underground hip-hop legend, and multi-genre indie music artist Micheal 'Eyedea' Larsen."
Here's what Crowson shared with City Page in October, the fifth anniversary of Eyedea's death:
"We lost the kind of artist that pushes a culture forward. I think what made Micheal's music truly special was the way his message challenged us to really look at ourselves and how we fit into the world. He raps a lot about really heady, philosophical subjects, and often challenges his listeners to think about their own thought processes, their territorial circuits, and the way we're all connected. If more artists took it upon themselves to rap about topics that are ripe with opportunities for personal growth the way Eyedea did, our culture would progress a lot faster by every measure."