Eyedea & Abilities – By The Throat

eyedea & abilities

I am not the big Rhymesayers Entertainment fan that I was in high school, but they still manage to grab my attention every now and then (Brother Ali!). Eyedea & Abilities is one RE duo that I never fully examined. But recently they’ve released their third studio album together, By The Throat. The album combines Eyedea’s talent for emotionally-charged fast-raps and the indie rock sound he’s been exploring with his band, along with DJ Abilities’ production and scratching skills.

eyedea & abilities

The album cover, a watercolor illustration featuring a barrage of artillery symbolically being stuffed through a window, was created by Minneapolis-based artist Michael Gaughan. Gaughan’s well-rounded body of work includes “drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, performances, events, installations, and music”. I especially like his drawings and watercolors, like the illustration above done for Troma Films. His portfolio site is actually a little bizarre (in a good way) to me, switching from paintings of flowers and landscapes of superb craftsmanship to, well, other things of the NSFW nature. But it’s all good.

Above is a video for the track “Junk”, direced by Maria Juranic with photo direction by Bo Hakala.

Download: ♪ Eyedea & Abilities – “This Story”

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Michael Gaughan
Eyedea & Abilities
Maria Juranic
Bo Hakala
Rhymesayers
Crushkill Recordings

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