Eyedea was a musician, rapper and a poet from Saint Paul, Minnesota. On stage he was also known as Oliver Hart. His real name was Micheal David Larsen. He was considered a pioneer in the freestyle rap battle arena.
Eyedea made his hip hop debut in the early 2000s when he won several prominent freestyle rap battle. One of the competitions that he participated in was sponsored by HBO and hosted by the one and only KRS-One. After winning the competition Eyedea was even offered a record contract with a record company owned by P.Diddy. He refused the offer and went on to work with an up and coming underground record label called the Rhymesayers.