Listen: Icarus – James Diotic

In Florida it’s hard not to fly too close to the sun, however, Tampa rapper, James Diotic, recommends you know yourself to find your wings.


We’ve been listening to oracles and therapists say know thyself since it was inscribed at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

imagesThe Greeks might have first coined the phrase but I believe it is sweet ole Benjamin Franklin in his Poor Richard’s Almanack that best embodies what Diotic means. Franklins says “There are three Things extremely hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one’s self.”

Diamonds might have blood on them.

conflict-diamond_ginger-snaps.org_The government like to lie about what steel (beams) can actually handle.

143Diotic is left with one option, to look within.


“Icarus”, titled after the boy who attempted to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax, is an inspirational track from Diotic. Coated with heat retardant wax and feathers, Diotic’s dream big flow fills the space between heavily distorted snared beats and two interweaving cymbals.

One of my favorite Kendrick Lamar verses is from “Blessed”. A School Boy Q track featuring Lamar in which he says

“Anything you imagine, you possess, my n*gga

You reject these n*ggas that neglect your respect

For the progress of a baby step, my n*gga

Step-step my n*gga, one, two, skip-skip

Back-back, look both ways, pull it off the hip”

Diotic, on the other hand, finds himself birthing a vision with enough gusto to step those baby steps and take flight on its own. You have to respect someone with enough gusto to skips learning to walk just to fly over the haters.

Check out James Diotic’s Icarus now.

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