During Black Music Month, ESSENCE is highlighting Black women who are kicking ass behind-the-scenes in the music industry. From executives to producers to songwriters, these are the women who make our favorite musicians shine, and our favorite bops come to life.
Philadelphia-bred deejay, DJ Diamond Kuts, has carved a space for herself in the city’s crowded music scene and beyond.
Born Tina Dunham, the baby-faced spin master has worked with artists, including Nicki Minaj and Lil Uzi Vert; has taken the stage at Roots Picnic in Philly, and has produced some incredible remixes of just about any song. She’s also set to be featured on Good Morning America this Thursday.
We asked DJ Diamond Kuts about her love of music and being a Black woman in a male-originated and male-dominated industry.
ESSENCE: What’s the last song you’ve added to your playlist?
DJ Diamond Kuts: DJ Khaled featuring Cardi B and 21 Savage’s “Wish Wish.”
What’s the craziest or most memorable thing that’s ever happened in your career as a Black woman in music?
I speak on this often: definitely the three times I’ve had the honor to spin for and meet Barack Obama.
Is there a favorite song or artist that speaks deeply to your soul? And why?
Yung Miam brings the ratchet out of me and says all the things I think about, but would never do. I love her!
How has being a Black woman uniquely qualified you for your position?
I have soul and a little spunk. As Black women, we are very hard workers and passionate about whatever we put our minds to.