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E & A

Eyedea & AbilitiesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Eyedea and Ablilties return with By the Throat, July 21st on Rhymesayers. After a five year break exploring new sounds, experiencing life, learning and growing in a separate capacity, Micheal Larsen and Gregory Keltgen (Eyedea and Abilities) are back and better than ever.

By the Throat advances beyond the duo's history as battle machines (winners of Scribble Jam, Rocksteady, the ... Read more in Amazon's Eyedea & Abilities Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B0001CNQBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Reintroducing
2. Now
3. Kept
4. Exhausted Love
5. Star Destroyer
6. Paradise
7. One Twenty
8. Man Vs. Ape
9. Get Along
10. Two Men And A Lady
11. E&A Day
12. Act Right
13. Glass

Editorial Reviews

The second full-length CD by Minneapolis-based Eyedea and Abilities, E&A is far more accomplished than their debut, First Born, which, though not without its merits, felt incomplete and lacked a certain amount of confidence. Eyedea seemed vulnerable, perhaps too defensive about being complex, difficult, and heady. This follow-up shares these intellectual qualities with its predecessor, only now Eyedea sounds more comfortable with his place in the rap world, and, consequently, flows and weaves more surely through Abilities's beats and glass-dazzling cuts. Indeed, on tracks such as "Kept," "Star Destroyer," and "Reintroducing" (which makes a wonderful reference to a technical innovation on Run D.M.C.'s 1988 track "Beats to the Rhyme"), Eyedea does something he mostly failed to do on the first CD: he positively swings. Instead of collapsing his words, rhymes, and ideas into a thousand impossible parts, he now fuses these elements into the pure beam of a rap swing. E&A is not a masterpiece, but it bodes very well for the future. --Charles Mudede

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is probably the finest release to come out of Rhymesayers/Minneapolis in my opinion.

Not only is Eyedea one of the greatest front-men in hip-hop; he is also an incredibly talented and conscious song writer. Eyedea is in your face, forcing you to listen to his words of wisdom.

This is probably Eyedea's most "gettable" album. Meaning, it's more straight forward and focused than his past efforts. You can listen to it for the first time, and catch the fantastic production skills held within. You will get tangled up in the intensity of Eyedea's well written lyrics. You will be left in awe of Abilities "dead on the nuts" turntable work.

If you haven't read already, Eyedea is famous in the underground for winning the lyricist Blaze battle years back, before moving into the studio. Eyedea & Abilities "First Born", their first album, was more of a loosely based concept album. It had deep meaning and philosophical lyrics. It was so unique, and stood far away from the battling reputation that most people had known him for. But Eyedea is a genius; an artist that can achieve multiple heights in music. E&A proves to be a mix between First Born and a little more of his battling skills.

This album kicks it into high gear; making your jaw drop in disbelief of the amazing music your are hearing. The diversity between the tracks, shows you just how multi-layered Eyedea & Abilities can get. He trashes on other "wack" MCs constantly, proving he's number one in the process.

If you want some real hip-hop; not Jay Z, Chingy, Nelly or any of the crap that Clear Channel makes us hear on MTV and the radio; pick up this masterpiece of turntablism and lyricism.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten culture. April 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the days where Atmosphere and the rhymesayers camp have a choke hold on the underground, people lose sight of what the underground is about. REAL hip-hop has been banished for the ever popular Lil John and Nelly crowds. This has pushed REAL hip-hop off the map, which makes it harder to find. Here comes the term underground. Hard to find, you gotta dig for it. Eyedea and Abilities sophomore album gets bashed for not being "deep." However, just because it is not "deep" does not mean that it is not underground. This is hip hop at its finest. On one hand, you have an mc that is very accomplished. Eyedea is still a very young rapper. In one of his songs (though i wont mention which one, just buy the album!) he mentions how he has accomplished what most rappers wont accomplish by the time he was 18 (you still with me?). This leaves some room for arrogance, and why not, the kid has skills. It is incredible to see an mc take words and make them their own. Big daddy kane, ATCQ, and (more recently) Little Brother, all demonstrate what it takes to be a dope mc, not JUST a strong lyricist. That is what it takes. Dopeness, freshness, originality; and a lot of underground mc's neglect all of the above for lyrics. But dont get me wrong, you cant be dope without dope lyrics as well. Let Eyedea flex, he does it well and its in a good place. Now, the turntabilism is dope. Abilities takes this record and makes it just as much his as Eyedea has. This is one of the best mc/dj duos i have heard since gang star. Very well balanced. This is a very strong cd and I recommend it to anybody who wants real hip-hop.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting there. December 27, 2005
By kitik
Format:Audio CD
Just to get this out of the way: I'm a fan of Black Star, The Roots, Common, Pharoahe, El-P, etc. At any rate...the problem that I have with this album (I'd really give it 3.5 stars, I like quite a bit about it) is that while Eyedea's, um, abilities are developing, he's not quite there yet.

Most of the songs, lyrically, are essentially in the vein of dissing sucker MC's -- as another reviewer pointed out, Eyedea is really still trying to be a battle MC. That's all well and good; but he's so obviously talented and full of potential that at a certain point, he simply needs to set a more ambitious agenda for himself and craft true songs with something more to say (remember that Canibus was also a highly-rated and much-talked-about battle-rapper...but his recording career went absolutely nowhere).

To be fair, Eyedea does try to develop a bit on some of the songs -- he diverges somewhat into relationship issues, and skims a political surface; but the treatment is more or less a raw one that isn't fleshed-out much (though he's only in his early 20s, and most people don't have much to say at that point). If he continues to evolve and branch out, which he should, then I fully expect great things from E&A in the future -- their next album or two could be great.

But to sincerely call *this* one great sets the bar a tad too low. Admittedly, there are a few songs on here that don't need a thing changed; but it isn't quite a coherent and consistent whole. And yes, they should get points for trying (and not just rapping about guns and pretty jewelry); but you need to fully earn the rest of your credit.

These guys are young and hungry, though -- and it's still very early in their careers; there's no reason not to expect good things in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another sick cd !!! July 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
when i first heard they were coming out with a new cd i thought that it was gonna be like whatever because so many mc's that i look up to are changing their style, but when i heard this cd i have to give them props it's just as sick ass first born which is their second cd my favorite track is star destroyer and man vs ape. keep it up dee jay abilities & eyedea i hope your next cd iz just as hard....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
Only problem I had was there was a crack in the case, but oh well. I didn't buy it for the case, I just put it in a CD book anyway. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lia Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars can't believe i slept on eyedea
this dude can spit! there's a couple forgettable tracks on here but overall, great rhyming and excellent rap voice. my homeboy needs to give me my cd back ASAP!
Published 9 months ago by Anthony M. Levine
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a masterpeice
This is E&A's second record record out of the 3 they made. It was released in 2004 and still 8 years today in 2012 it is still a masterpeice in the underground community. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eydea of his Abilities are endless.!
I am not giving this a highly rated review because Larsen has passed. I was introduced to this Rap group long before by a co-worker who would listen to it out back. Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by JJBoBo92
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Men And A Lady
e&a is an incredible hiphop album from the great mc-dj tandem eyedea and abilities. although not as philosophical as eyedea's debut album, firstborn, e&a is an immensely... Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by beatsrhymes&life
3.0 out of 5 stars Given Eyedea's potential, could be way better!
Eyedea definitely deserves the praise he recieves for being a talented rapper, that can't be denied. Read more
Published on October 9, 2008 by Alex Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Abilities deserves more attention
Everybody who reviews this album talks about how great Eyedea's rapping is, and the few people who mentions DJ Abilities' production, says it's nothing compared to RZA and... Read more
Published on May 7, 2008 by Tanc
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Hip-Hop Music..
Turntablism, Battle Rapping, straight to your face hip-hop. Nevermind MTV's perception of "Sucker-Free", this is the realness that can actually adopt that label. Read more
Published on October 29, 2007 by
5.0 out of 5 stars A must own
I've listened to this cd over a dozen times, and I'm impressed everytime. Production, when viewed in it's entirety is as good as any hiphop cd released in this decade. Read more
Published on April 18, 2007 by Dustin Mcdonald
2.0 out of 5 stars No lasting appeal
When I first bought this album about 2 years ago, I was blown away. The production was amazing, and Eyedea could 'rap fast'. Those two things blew me away back then. Read more
Published on October 30, 2006 by Transformer
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