Vincent Paul Martinez Jr. was born May 29th, 1982, in San Antonio, Texas, where much of his childhood was spent drawing robots and monsters. In 1994 he moved out of the big city and into the small town of Victoria, Texas, where he began to rap and paint. The raps were spoken incessantly and spontaneously among his peers, and his high school art teacher Mrs. Burleson introduced him to the world of oil paint. The Victoria High School art room was the first in a line of multi-media art studios to follow.
Past and present studios in chronological order: Victoria College, ACC, Laguna Gloria, Robbins’ Studio, Melrose, Jonas Wilson’s Barn, Warehouse Art Space, Red Ten Studios, Texas State, Cherry Hill Porch, D’monsterative Studios, Soco Industrial Arts Studio, The Petree Foundation, and Collection Rert. .
In 2003, friend and collaborator “Picoteck” gave him the name Emcee Eats for always having bags full of food to prepare for late night painting. Emcee Eats joined the Hip Hop group Fambly in 2004 and would soon perform with acts such as The Word Association, Qwel and The GZA. In 2006, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting from Texas State in San Marcos. In early 2018 Emcee Eats will release a two albums since the 2012 release of Spicy Tension entitled Lakshmi’s Lament and Rare Ingredients, the latter being collaborative mix-tape with STORMSHADOW.
In 2009 while working for a moving company, Vincent became inspired to help troubled youth. In 2011 he completed a year as an Americorps member through Communities in Schools as a tutor/mentor/art teacher, which he continued to do through Blue Sky Abilities, Austin Parks and Recreation at the Totally Cool Totally Art after School Program in 2012/2013, and during summer camps at The Asian American Resource Center. From 2014 to 2016 Vincent taught art at Hernandez Middle School in Round Rock independent school district. Currently he lives in Austin where he teaches Pre-K through 6th grade art at Kirby Hall, and oil painting when the mood is right. .