emcee hype is an artist. he’s a writer/rapper from the wilds of pennsylvania who is relentlessly creative. he’s also a pianist, drummer and guitarist, an avid reader, amateur filmmaker, slightly-seasoned actor (you can catch hype in a rite aid pharmacy commercial or as patron #1 on Spike TV) and comic collector (stand-ups). hype was a member of the quietly-acclaimed production team, jersey bound trunk crew and one-half of the hip hop duo, the wine thieves. most recently, hype added the title of producer to his renaissance-man repertoire, producing his entire debut short LP (or long EP, if you prefer), S3CR3T T3CHN0L0GY.
emcee hype released his first pair of hip hop demos, known as the tree of life demos, as a fresh-faced grew-up-with-rap kid more than a decade ago. in the early days, hype emceed on two full-length albums for the now-defunct rap crew, watershipdown, co-formed the brix with party.picasso (until an impending lawsuit forced a name-change) and released an ep called minding the fort, and appeared on a solo ep entitled, apathy.irony.agony.infinity. hype also recorded an album with fellow emcee, jabee and the world-famous dj vadim called, songs for debutantes. the mixtape was released by illroots.com.
hype was also the emcee for the MTVu woody-award-nominated hip hop production team, jersey bound trunk crew. JBTC’s debut album, get down dirty disco, received praise from fans and critics alike. subsequently, the album landed the crew a spot as MTVu’s artist of the week and saw their video in rotation on MTV’s college station. in addition, JBTC earned guest spots on the EA games/MTV rock band tour. instrumentals from the album can be heard on the documentary film, “hook up culture”. the video for “run.live.love,” (as seen on TV) was shot and edited by emcee hype and the JBTC production team, along with the MTVu spots and promo bumps. jersey bound trunk crew was subsequently nominated for best new artist for the MTVu woodie awards and momentarily optioned to Epic Records for $1.5 milli.
after narrowly escaping a major label purgatory, souls intact and sans a release, hype released three EPs with party.picasso, as the wine thieves: Sex & Co., Hot Hor D’oeuvres, and the 5 Joint EP, which featured the music video for “Yep Yep Ya’ll.” Princeton Record Exchange called the wine thieves, “mad scientist hip-hop experimentalists” with “the power to ignite and explode” (kerri O’malley). music, culture and fashion blog, emcblue.com, called duo, “hip-hop’s coolest up-and-coming artists and freestyle artists’ biggest threat” (jasmina cuevas).
during hiatuses and downtime from the wine thieves, hype produced and recorded three more albums: a record made up entirely of samples from the famous disc jockey mike neff’s radio air-check demo, the neff tapes; the eclectic and sprawling mixtape, bootleg mixtape cdr blues, featuring hype rhyming over music from they might be giants, moxy fruvous, blue oyster cult, cake, and others; and finally, the 21-track blue-grass/blues title-tracked, a man alone. this triptych of records were all produced, recorded and mixed solely by hype, and are markedly low-fi and un-mastered. each of the aforementioned three albums are heavy on wordplay and freestyles, and light on production value. hype’s musical partner, party, would call them (not disparagingly) “self-indulgent.” none of the three were officially released, altho some tracks from can now be found online.
after nearly 75 unreleased tracks, emcee hype’s new self-produced solo record “S3CR3T T3CHN0L0GY” was released in 2013. the entire album, from the beats to the keyboards, to the recording and mixing, was created entirely by hype. The record was mastered by E. Smitty (A$AP Mob / ASAP Ferg - "Choppas on Deck"). S3CR3T T3CHN0L0GY is introspective, moody and dreamy, yet catchy and inspiring. hype coined the genre of the record, “art-house hip hop.” the record is undeniably hip hop, like an art-house film is still a movie, but it doesn't always play by the same rules and linear thru-lines of its mainstream counterpart. the accompanying music video to the album’s first track, “I Am” was shot by Telescope Road and can be found on hype’s youtube page.
emcee hype is currently performing, writing, recording new songs, drawing, and filming and co-directing several music videos. hype is an artistic chameleon, actively creating- whether thru music, film and pictures, words and poetry, or theater- and his constant flux and evolution will ensure his longevity as an artist, while simultaneously never allowing for stagnation in his art and creations.