Quadie Diesel is stretching the English language into unfamiliar territory. Like Gucci Mane, ZMoney, Valee, and other oddball street heroes of the modern hip-hop world, the New Jersey-born, Delaware-based rapper has a way with words that is as strange as it is intriguing. His beat selection ranges from dark and heavy to darker and heavier, but the sentences he strings together really set the scene, lacing braggadocio with undertones of paranoia and extreme apathy.
There's a confidence in Quadie's delivery that feels too genuine to be dismissed as weird for the sake of weird, and his email responses to a few questions we sent over are pretty much what you'd expect after hearing some of the music. "I really can't stand humans," Quadie writes. "But I love everybody… but I really hate y'all."
Quadie admits that he doesn't understand the music industry yet and that he mostly keeps to himself, and that might be what relegates him to local legend as opposed to rap's next superstar. Then again, while so many of the most popular rising rappers right now are going out of their way to prove their eccentricity, Quadie Diesel seems to be a natural.
Who are you, and where are you from?
I'm Quadie Diesel, Fettiton McQueen, Brakula, Anwar, Fettiwine, I'm From wherever the money at. But shout out 973 and 302.
Can you break down your name, Quadie Diesel?
My real name Quadir and diesel is for the loud I smoke, the fiends I serve, the cars I drive.
How did you get into music?
Listening to it.
I was honors English, always been good with words, but I talk weird. I mumble a lot.
What music did you listen to growing up, and what are you into now?
I grew up listening to rap, R&B, and pop. Now, I listen to the good songs.
You've got a really unique delivery. Did that take time to develop, or is that how you sounded from the start?
My delivery always changes, I get bored quick.
You also have a really unique way with words. Has that always been a strength of yours?
I was honors English, always been good with words, but I talk weird. I mumble a lot. It's hard to find clarity sometimes.
Your music is intense. Is that part of your personality, or do you harness that for your songs?
I be fuckin' geeked. But I'm shy around people I don't know. I stay to myself if I don't know you.
What impact do you want to make with your music? What do you want people to feel when they hear a Quadie Diesel song?
"This shit is crazy, I never heard no shit like this."
How would you describe your sound to someone who's never heard it?
I really can't stand humans. But I love everybody… but I really hate y'all.
What has been your involvement with the music industry? Are you still independent?
I'm independent. I don't understand the industry yet.
What goals do you have, and what can people expect from you this year?
I want to get a billion dollars. People can expect: some new shit... for real this time. Shit been getting boring. New energy, something new and innovative to look forward to. I'm trying to take shit further.
What else do you want people to know about Quadie Diesel?
I really can't stand humans. But I love everybody… but I really hate y'all. Everything is inevitable. And we All Working On Dying.