In my review of the new Nicki Minaj album I made an aside about how “Stupid Hoe” producer and Philadelphia DJ Diamond Kuts does a good job of connecting the dots of urban music anxiety in her mixshows. Since I know that nobody on the internet has the patience for appointment listening, I decided to rip her Power 99 set from last night and post it illegally here on the rap blog I used to run.
Diamond Kuts is quickly becoming one of my favorite DJs in the country, particularly in terms of taste and defining an aesthetic, which – as we’ve discussed previously – is the true mark of a great DJ. Over the course of 4+ hours she makes a strong case for Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj and Travis Porter and Beyonce and Bmore Club and New Orleans Bounce and Dancehall and Jerk Music and New Jack Swing all existing on the same direct timeline and proves so tasteful that I wasn’t even mad when she dropped LMFAO. It made sense sonically and semi-slept on recent classics like “Wobble” and “Look Back At Me” definitely help to compensate for such missteps.
Here is some crucial, if simple, DJing advice she gives in this all too short Urban Daily interview:
Do your research. Just study music. Don’t be biased. Play all types of music. There [are] so many different genres [of music out here] you don’t want to get stuck just playing Hip-Hop or just Reggae or just R&B. Just play everything, be real diverse. Just do your history and learn about the music that you’re playing and do your history on the crowd that you’re playing for.