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August 13, 2011  | by: Jasmina Cuevas

The Wine Thieves

What do you get when you put two talented musicians and their love for Hip-Hop together? The Wine Thieves, Hip-Hop’s coolest up-and-coming artists and any freestyle artist’s biggest threat. Watch out Hip-Hop, this duo will freestyle their way into your iPods and take over your play lists.

The Wine Thieves came together back in 2003 while attending William Paterson University. Consisting of Party.picasso, a multi-instrument playing producer/beat maker, and diverse rapper Emcee Hype, the two got together and surprised everyone with their rapping skills. Busy currently working on an album for the fall and celebrating the release of their EP, Hot Hors D’oeuvres, The Wine Thieves took out some time to answer a few questions for emcBlue.

emcBlue: Can you give me a brief history on the band? How did the band form?

Party.picasso: This is one of those questions that, if you let us, could take a fortnight to answer. But, we’ll just stick with the nutshell version. Hype & I met back in 2003 at William Paterson University. We were both in two different bands at the time but got to know each other through a mutual friend. There seemed to be an instant musical connection between the two of us and the minute we found out we both freestyled and had a love for hip hop, that was the end of it. I don’t think we talked that entire year, we just conversed in freestyle. We couldn’t get enough of it.

Emcee Hype:  I don’t think we spoke in prose for years. Everything was a freestyled rhyme. I couldn’t even talk to my parents without inserting some bastardized doctor-suessesque shit, like, I am the Lorax, I smoking some trees..

emcBlue: What would you like your listeners to get from your music?

Party.picasso: You know, I’m never quite sure on how to answer that question. We’re not really out to change lives or anything like that. I guess I just hope they can get some kind of enjoyment out of it. We like the music we make and in the end all you can really ask for is that the audience gives it a chance. If they like it, that’s great, if not, go listen to Rebecca Black, I hear she’s got a hot new jam floating around on YouTube. Leave comments.

Emcee Hype: She does dude! Here’s my comment: 4,231 people are haters. Shits hot. She sold out when she axed that nasally vibe tho. And I agree with Party, it seems kind of pretentious to hope anyone gets anything out of your music. I don’t know, I’m not going to prescribe anything that’s not inherent. You know? Smoke a bone and enjoy it. That’s what we’d do. I hope there are moments when someone might subconsciously marry it meaning, or attach feeling, to something they hear in a song. But whatever. Dislike. Leave Comments.

emcBlue: What projects are on the horizon for the band?

Party.picasso: We have an EP that’s currently floating around the Internet called “Hot Hors D’oeuvres.” Which you can find on our youtube (www.youtube.com/thewinethieves). And lately we’ve been putting together new tracks for an upcoming album we’re looking to put out this Autumn. The working title is “Dream Cream”, but that’ll most likely change come Fall. We took a much different approach with this record both musically and lyrically. On my end I’ve put strayed away from sampling. I’m a keyboard man now. Which was forbidden for me at one point in my younger age. 23-year-old Party is cursing my name as we speak and if I had a Delorean I’d gun it to 88 and tell him to shut the fuck up cause keyboards are cool.

emcBlue: Who would you like to make music with? Tour?

Party.picasso: Rick Roll, so the next time you fall for that meme your first thought is, “Hey, the Wine Thieves worked with that guy” rather than feeling like a complete jackass. Oh, and Jonny Greenwood.

Emcee Hype: I was just listening to some RamJam. Not them. No, that’s not true. I’d tour with RamJam. Yeah, and Rick Roll- Dude, I thought you were gonna say Rick Ross! Buck Owens. For his song titles alone. I’d like to collab with Cake, They Might Be Giants, and 1971 Grand Funk Railroad. Did you know they were only the second band, after the Beatles, to sell out Shea?!

emcBlue: What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in the band’s music career?

Party.picasso: For me the “big break” hasn’t come yet. However, we were optioned to Epic Records awhile back and had a video of ours played on MTVu. But I won’t be satisfied until I’m able to buy something that’s not on the dollar menu.

emcBlue: If you had a chance to change anything in the music industry, what would it be?

Party.picasso: Nothing. There’s really nothing to change. You almost need the Britney Spears and the materialistic rappers and the shallow pop music in order to fully appreciate the more forward-thinking music that’s out there. It all compliments each other. I’d get rid of Kesha, though. Or at least advise her to shower.

Emcee Hype: I’d shower with Kesha. Did you know her mom co-wrote Pete Sun’s 1978 hit, “Old Flames”?! Fucking Wikipedia’d that shit.

Party.picasso: I didn’t hear one word you said after “I’d shower with Kesha.” Don’t come near me after you do that please. Not ten feet.

emcBlue: Anything you would like our readers to know about the band that they might not know?

Party.picasso: We’re not complete assholes, we just sound it. And if you want any updates on the new record check out www.thewinethieves.tumblr.com.

Emcee Hype: We’re complete assholes.

Party.picasso: OK, I lied.

Funny and talented, The Wine Thieves are definitely the fresh outlook that Hip-Hop needs. Listen to some of their music below:

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