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First Born

Eyedea & AbilitiesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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 (May 10, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: May 10, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B00005UT79
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Music Music
3. Birth Of A Fish…
4. …Powdered Water Too
5. Color In My World Mine
6. Liquid Sovereignty
7. Murder Of Memories
8. Blindly Firing
9. Big Shots
10. Void (Internal Theory)
11. The Dive
12. Well Being
13. Read Wiped In Blue
14. Void (External Theory)
15. On This I Stand

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's time to clean MTV outta your ears July 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is REAL hip-hop. None of that MTV bling bling - you're only a baller if you got a Bentley CRAP. I purchased First Born after hearing the genius of their 2004 release - E & A. I respect this duo even more after hearing the diversity between the two albums. It is simply amazing. Eyedea is one of the most outspoken egotistical B-Boys I have ever heard; and at 22 years of age, he has accomplished a lot. Mowing down MCs at nearly ever DJ battle he has competed in. He definitely has the skills to back up what he's preaching. Abilities compliments Eyedea perfectly, with his landscapes of unique rhythms and sounds. Battling is also one of Abilities strong points. This duo is untouchable when you realize that all this explosive sound is made from just two techs and a mic. These guys are full of potential and I am already betting that their next album will be a masterpiece along with their others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indie Hip-Hop from the slightly dark side. April 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Like many I first saw Eyedea in the 2000 Blaze Battle, where he owned every other emcee that went against him. Since then I have found some bootleg live tracks and battles online which I have enjoyed. Recently I saw Eyedea perform live (and kill) in my home town of Columbus Ohio and I picked up a copy of "First Born."
What may at first be offsetting to those who have heard Eyedea before is that this is not in any way, shape, or form a battle CD. The lyrical material is not only incredibly clever and a great exsample of Eyedea's talent, but the subject matter is in most places heartfelt and challenges the mind of the listener. In his rhymes one can hear traces of Del the Funky Homosapian, Redman, and The Guru, but with what he takes from these obvious influences his style is all his own.
Abilities' production, despite much criticism I feel is better than 99% of hip-hop albums out there. I believe that he is only criticised because his music does not fit into the box that most hip-hop producers work in. His music, which has been called boring I feel is more interesting than any other indie-rap album I've heard in the past few years. Many of the beats are ambient and dark, and provide a perfect backdrop for eyedea's often dark flows.
My main criticism of this album is that sometimes Eyedea gets lost in his purpose of provoking thoughts in his listeners that in some places one would notice him possibly trying a little too hard, and reaching for something that isn't there. Also I think that in his being lost in his purpose he may also go over the listeners heads, which might be what he's trying to do anyway.
In conclusion I highly recomend this album, and I have given it four stars because it falls just short of being a masterpiece. Other similar Indie hip-hop artists that you may want to check out if you are into this album are Adeem, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Mars Ill, and Mosab. Get it... Just Get it bub.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyedea is number 1 !!!!!! June 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This cd is probably one of the best cd's I ever heard it has dark ass Hip-Hop beats and the most incredible lyricism I've ever heard. before Eyedea, I thought Rakim was the best lyricist but this kat makes Rakim look like M.C.Hammer. Eyedea has the illest philosophical flows in the universe this cd blew my mind away I think Eyedea is the best lyricist in this universe. Get this cd immediately don't hesitate it's more than your money's worth also try to cop Eyedea and abilities other cd called E&A...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Born January 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
FIrst of all, the tracklisting for First Born always seems screwed up. There are more tracks than 15 on this album and every CDDB in the world seems to put Void (internal theory) as the song that "Big Shots" actually is.

Aside from that annoyance, this album is damn good. It's one of the better hip hop albums that's come out in the last 10 years, and also one that's kind of difficult to find any more (without some digging).

The problem with this album (if it's a problem) is that most people tend to find hip hop that's on the radio, and this will never ever make it there. If it does, I'll be amazingly impressed, but... I don't see it happening. Eyedea is a master of wordplay and has written some great songs (Birth of A Fish and Big Shots are my favorite tracks on here), but has written some toungue twisters/riddles that don't fit the "standard stereotype" of hip hop. (I really like On This I Stand, too)

The other thing about this album is that it's the first of Eyedea & Abilities records to the public, and in comparison to The Many Faces Of Oliver Hart or E&A day, this seems a little... young. It's really good, but it's as if they hadn't polished their style quite yet and were "still searching". Part of this concept is what makes this album great, though as they made some more "standard" tracks on this album and it turned out to be a fantastic purchase.

If you're a fan of anything Rhymesayers or "Underground" hip hop, this is an album you should own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness December 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I hate rap, but this is good stuff! I love this cd, but there is a track error on it that has the songs listed wrong. I've been having trouble finding a true track order. There are three songs without titles and so without knowing the lyrics for the actual songs it's hard to place the proper titles on them. Other than that, It's all good!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece Debut January 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This cd is nothing short of amazing. Both Eyedea and Abilities have proven themselves time and time again in both battling and songwriting/producing. It is hard to fathom that Eyedea wrote such witty, in-depth and relative lyrics at just 18. I'm 18 myself and I can totally relate with the issues and philosophical stabs on the album. I'm not sure how many people know this, but they also have a second album under the name of Oliver Hart called The Many Faces of Oliver Hart. Just as dope as this one, check it out. These guys compliment each other's talent so well it's disgusting. Abilities also has a side project called Semi Official which is definitly worth checkin out.

If you are a hip hop fan at all or even if you just have an open mind and an open ear to new things, this cd will not dissapoint you. The album truely is a standard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rap must have!
Another excellent album for anyone who loves or appreciates independent rap. A&E are simply amazing.
Published 2 months ago by Joel Chesney
5.0 out of 5 stars First Born
This is a superb album. Eyedea raps about a wide variety of topics from philosophical ideas to wack mc's. My favorite track on the album is birth of a fish. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This is hiphop at its finest a must have its a shame the talent of eyedea was ended at such a young age.
Published 15 months ago by grinch
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what you give people who "don't like hip hop."
Do you like garbage? Me either.

Do you like good music? Me too.

I don't really listen to a lot of Hip Hop. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dan J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars great album, low price for tons of songs!
these guys really are the baddest! good album, more songs than major artist would ever dream of giving you in on of their "so called" albums.
Published 22 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars The most introspective poetry I've ever come across
First of all, this CD is musically incredible. Abilities really lays down perfect beats to match Eyedea's incredibly layered and thought provoking lyrics. Read more
Published on October 23, 2009 by Isaac T. Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Rap CD of all time
This is my favorite rap album (also note that I am writing this over 4 years after it was released). Read more
Published on November 4, 2008 by Armand J. Lecomte
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah, my ear sauce tickles pedanticism...DUH!
Different, Deep, Milk. Those are the words that impregnate my head when I listen to this album. I love things that are so different that most people turn there heads. Read more
Published on May 7, 2007 by Milk and Snowcrab
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper and darker than any hip-hop to date...
Listen up, after purchasing boatloads of diskettes from Amazon this is my first ever review. I feel obligated to let all the kids out there know that they MUST experience the... Read more
Published on December 17, 2006 by Levi S. Knapp
4.0 out of 5 stars What a birth
Eyedea is by far my favorite rapper and it is because he is not afraid to take chances in his music. Read more
Published on May 6, 2006 by K. Rossi
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