Skill is defined as the ability, coming from one’s knowledge and practice, to do something well. Diamond Kuts is the first and only female mixer to have a slot on Philadelphia Radio. Her Saturday night show on Power 99 from9 pm to 2 am caters specifically to the crowd headed to the clubs and her mix does just that she is also apart of Philly’s number one morning show on Power 99 to get the people of Philadelphia moving in the mornings, along with Friday nights at 8 pm. She has also, recently been added to BETs new Hip-Hop Show ‘The Deal’. Born Tina Dunham, a native of Philadelphia, DJ Diamond Kuts always had an affinity for music. However, it wasn’t until her father gave her a DJ starter kit for Christmas that she knew just how she was going to leave her mark on the entertainment industry. Before her radio career took off, Kuts put a series of mixtapes out that caused the streets of Philadelphia to take notice. “I started to get my buzz by dropping mixtapes when I was in school. I felt that the only way to keep my name out there was to drop tapes every month.” People would line up to get one of her mixtapes and she turned that hustle into a career. With influences like Cosmic Kev, Coca Chenelle, Jazzy Joyce and Beverly Bond, DJ Diamond Kuts decided to perfect her craft and make it her life’s work. After practicing in her basement and hanging out at Armand’s Records with DJ Fat Cat, Diamond starting DJing at a local sneaker store in Philadelphia called Sneaker Villa and spinning in 21 and over clubs at the age of 18.
Diamond got her big radio break spinning on Power 99’sMix MasterWeekend for the first time. “After I spun for the Mix Master Weekend I got a call from my APD, Kashon Powell. She called me in for an interview and a week later I was hired at Power 99.” Diamond’s first position at the station was a 2 to 3 am slot on Saturday mornings until her PD, Thea Mitchem, was convinced that she should be placed on a more prime time slot and gave her the9pm to 2amsloton Saturday nights. Diamond Kuts was the official tour DJ for Lil Mama onJive Records. She started touring with Lil Mama in March 2007 and has traveled all over the U.S. including the Chris Brown Tour. She has also had the pleasure to spin with Young Money recording artist Nicki Minaj. Diamond Kuts won the DJ Jazzy Joyce Award at the 2nd Annual Beverly Bond, “Black Girls Rock Awards” and has appeared on 106 & PARK and MTV along with appearing at the Author Ashe US Open telecasted on CBS. Many say Diamonds love for music is equal to her fathers love for Hip Hop. Diamond Kuts’ father was legendary Philly MC and hip-hop pioneer Grand Tone, who was a member of the Grand Masters of Funk. When asked about her career as a female DJ, she simply replies, “I want to be a good DJ, period. A lot of female DJs are satisfied just with being called a female DJ but, I want to do the same things the guys are doing. I want syndication. I want to release my compilation album; I don’t want to be a local DJ. I’m willing to learn what I have to do to get out of the city and be bigger than that.” DJ Diamond Kuts wants to take the world by storm and that is exactly what she is going to do!!