Diabolic :: Fightin Words
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Go find a rapper spittin' as dope as this s#%t
I'll show you a Muslim Jew become a Jehovah's Witness
So tell your friends and foes, hoes and b#%@hes
I move so many units iTunes gets motion sickness"
Sean George b/k/a Diabolic is irascible, an intentional button pusher, and
even on a label of iconoclasts like Viper Records he was uncomfortable giving up even one percent of his
creative control to anybody else. These are not untenable positions in
hip-hop, a genre that thrives on doing things your own way even if (and
especially if) it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but it may help
explain why in a 15 year career he's only released one EP, one mixtape and
two albums including this one - "Fightin Words." Even though Diabolic
releases are few and far between, he's not alone in doing things his own
way regardless of mass appeal or acclaim - which makes a collaborative track
like "Suffolk's Most Wanted" with R.A. the Rugged Man a natural fit.
The menacing Snowgoons track is the perfect set-up for the opening bars of
R.A., who casually brags "my worst verse is better than your best verse/compared
to me, I'm Rakim and you Fred Durst." Choosing like-minded rappers and
producers to work with is just one of the reasons a Diabolic project is worth
the (long) wait. Diabolic also rewards your patience by being relentlessly
hard with his punchlines, like an Eminem who never met up with Dr. Dre and
exploded commercially in the mainstream. Block McCloud sings the anthem of
Diabolic's style on "Living In My Own Head" with the words "the voices in
my skull said - do what you got'ta." That's exactly how he spits.
"I'm f#%!in' lost - but who am I without the stress?
Without the bills, bouncin checks, without the countless debt
I'm in the booth feeling like I died a thousand deaths
While fans say 'Why the f@%! haven't you dropped your album yet?'
I've been a recluse, choosin to be on house arrest
and honestly I need to change a +Little+ like I'm Malcolm X
Graf writer turned rapper runnin out of breath
Same story - paintin masterpieces with the alphabet"
If Diabolic is feeling stressed out by the fans who constantly ask where his
album is, the aptly named "Fightin Words" should answer all of their questions
from the jump with the menacing DJ Premier produced "Diabolical Sound."
The only time Diabolic dials it back is when he has fellow rappers on the
track capable of spitting with a level of venom equal to his own - songs like
"Game Time" featuring Sean Price & Vinnie Paz, or "Higher" featuring
Celph Titled and Swave Sevah.
It's fair to say that Diabolic is not politically correct, that he's not
going to apologize for anything that he says, and that he's the kind of rapper
most parents are deathly afraid of their children listening to - which is also
why he's straight up FUN on the mic. He tears into beats with a jugular
ferocity, spraying the blood in every direction as he whips his head back
and forth, howling at the moon as the crimson drips down his chin and stains
his white fur. It's possible that he'll be a little too animalistic and RAW
for some of today's rap audience, where even the most violent trap rappers
and street criminals step back like "Damn homey" from his rhymes - but if
you like the ultraviolence he's got your fix.
Music Vibes: 8.5 of 10
Lyric Vibes: 8.5 of 10
TOTAL Vibes: 8.5 of 10
Originally posted: October 7, 2014