DJ Diamond Kuts Goes Through XXL’s Music Mail Bag

Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. Before Nicki Minaj backed out of the Last Girl on Earth Tour with Rihanna last month, the Queens rapper had selected Philadelphia turntablist DJ Diamond Kuts to spin records for her on the 25-city jaunt. Kuts, born Tina Dunham, broke into radio in July 2005, working the graveyard shift (2 to 3 a.m.) on Philly’s Power 99. In November 2008, the twenty-something DJ went from being on tour with Brooklyn rapper Lil Mama a year earlier to co-hosting BET’s hip-hop video show The Deal. Now, as she juggles gigs on television and radio (Power 99’s morning show with Jonesy, 6 to 10 a.m., Monday to Friday), Kuts takes a moment to listen, then weighs in on some under-the-radar tracks plucked from XXL’s submitted-new-artist music bin.

Kilogram “Rock It”
(myspace.com/kilogramts)

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/02-rock-it-cln-mix.mp3]

Kuts: “The sample was good, and everything on the hook, but a better beat could’ve took the song somewhere else. The way the hook is laid out is definitely club worthy, but the beat is something that’s gonna hold that record back.”

F. Stokes “Pretty Shit”

(myspace.com/fstokesmusic)

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/07prettyshit.mp3]

Kuts: “That record was cool. It’s kind of deep. You would leave that for [an] album cut. It’s not one of those Billboard top 10 singles. If he just wanted to throw it out there to let people know he’s about to start dropping something, that would be cool. But it’s not a big hit, in my opinion.”

Dashah “Recruit Training”
(myspace.com/dashah)

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/dashah-fresh-vetz-recruit-training-prod-by-dj-pause.mp3]

Kuts: “He got a real conscious flow. The beat is sick. I think that he’s definitely one of them artists that a lot of people would gravitate toward and really rock with. I feel like some people really would say we need more MCs like this. That’s the type of vibe I got when I listened to his record.”

Young Invent “Holla at Me”
(myspace.com/younginvent)

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/invent-hollaatme-masterfinal-mp3.mp3]

Kuts: “That record probably wasn’t the best record for him. Overall, the hook, the beat and the song could have been better—but I’m sure he got other records. If he’s thinking about putting that out as a single, I probably wouldn’t do that.”

Mr. Finley “Sin City”
(myspace.com/mrfinleymusic)

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/sincit1.mp3]

Kuts: “I’m kind of half and half with this record. It’s okay. The beat is good, his lyrics are cool, and the hook was just okay. So his city is going to have to take this record and just run with it. That’s the only way [it’s] going to be big across the world.” —Rondell Conway

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Dashah got my vote. By far. If F. Stokes wants any votes the link should be operable. It’s not playing on my computer.

    • General

      Co-sign

    • STOP ROCKIN SILVER & CZs

      CO-SIGN. That beat Dashah was using in “Recruit Training” was sampled off Big Pun’s song “Boomerang”

    • Andrea M

      GET UM DASHAH I STILL GOT YOUR BACK FROM TE LUNCH ROOM TO XXL :-)

  • TBD

    XXL, How can get some of my artists on to this new song-review format ?

    • Anslem

      We’re setting up a submissions email addy as we speak, but for now they can be sent to XXL@harris-pub.com with “Ready or Not Submission” as the subject line

  • Real 7

    Dashah kept it real …his joint is totally different from the rest.

  • LEON

    I LIke the Kilogram jawn I seen his vid on worldstar for this joint.

  • staci

    “ROCK IT” is a strip club song;beat not great but i like (smile)

  • http://www.twitter.com/dreadblack DREADBLACK

    Man i’m diggin that Kilogram Track son knows how to put a banger together… I don’t what the rest of ya’ll thinkin, but no matter what Kilogram going to the top…

    • remeewoah

      Dashah has lyrics, attitude, substance, and he’s just plain out nice. those other cats are to much like the stuff thats on radio now homie…sun is an MC!! Kuts called it right!

  • remeewoah

    Dashah- This dude is a problem!!!!

  • nia

    The “ROCK IT” Joint is hot i can see myself dancing to this in the club, i think the dj is wrong on about the beat, its hot… who the hell is she anyway, I’m in texas and never heard of this broad. shout to Kilo

  • da arcitech

    I’m rolling with the kid Dashah! Kilo is ok, thats it! just OK! Dashah got it sewn up

  • Shanelle

    gram got ma vote!
    ilove the song point blank nd period your brother wuld be proud of youu.
    idont know about them other ones but im with gram 10000%

  • blood up

    TRENTON IN BLDG NEPH!!! KILOGRAM LET’S GET IT!!! JERSEY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/mrenc Mrenc

    F.Stokes is street poetry for real…honest & raw.

  • lyrics

    BEATS&LYRICS..package… Dashah

  • gang greene

    AGREED!!! DASHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wonder child

    Dashah is illy! redonk flow!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Geezer

    KILOGRAM, I REMEMBER THIS DUDE FROM HIS RECORD WITH PEEDIE CRACK LIKE 03… HE STILL MOBBIN OUT! HIS RECORD ON HERE HARD! SOMETHING FOR THE BROADS. BUT I’M ROCKING WIT THAT VADO!!!! U.N. 40TH HARLEM NIGGAS TAKING OVER

  • dispurse

    I see the kid Dashah is making noise! definitely a real lyricist! keep it up bro, you on your way!

  • HowardTheDuck

    F.Stokes brings it realer than ANY of these other cats. You might not like the lyrics but you can’t deny the flow. South Chi-town/Madison, WI represent! Best flow in the Midwest, hands-down.

  • LENNOX

    KILO IN THE LEAD MY G THATS’S WASSUP… REAL RECOGNIZE REAL

  • stay fky

    kilo might be in the led but he still can’t fuck with dashah. he’s a better MC period!!!!

  • LENNOX

    GOOGLE KILOGRAM AND GOOGLE YA MAN DASHAH KILOGRAM GOT 50,000 VIEWS AND BETTER ON ONE VIDEO ‘STAY FKY”,YA MAN GOTTA GET HIS VIEWS UP AND DONT SLEEP CAUSE YOU HEAR THIS PARTY RECORD FROM GRAM HE GOT HARD SHIT, DASHAH GOT ONE VERSE ON THIS SONG ON HERE AND HE SOUND LIKE A KNOCK-OFF NAS, KIDS AINT BUYING THAT SHIT NO MORE LOL GET WITH THE TIMES OR DASHAH GONNA WAKE UP 40.
    LOL… COMPTON IN THIS ITCH YA DIGG… AND I’M LENNOX NIGGA ROLLING 60′S

    • j_rude

      1st of all LENNOX,

      Fuck a views on videos nigga! DASHAH is Nice! HATERS!!! niggas think views mean everything. I know about the kid Kilo, He’s kool, son got a little flow or whatever. But Dashah is a real MC, he may sound similar to Nas but fuck it, better that than sound like any of these new corny ass niggas running around spitting fake shit, the nigga got lyrics point blank! and he has better songs, and he’s fresh. you think just because the dude his video on BET makes him better?? fuck outta here nigga. and stop internet banging, that shit is old homie!!!!!!!! this is a site about music, not your personal fake ass gang-shit!!!! YOU, get with the times fucka! Dashah keep pushing kid!

  • LENNOX

    YOU MUST ME DASHAH BROTHER OR FAMILY MEMBER LMAO! DID I RUFFLE YA FEATHERS HOMIE… FACTS IS FACTS BRUH! WE ARE IN A GAME WHERE MEN LIE WOMEN LIE NUMBERS DON’T. I’M NOT HATING AT ALL PEOPLE ON HERE LIKE DASHAH IS GOD GIFT TO MC’S HE SPIT ONE VERSE SOUNDING LIKE ANOTHER NIGGA IN THE GAME, AND YA SAID IT’S FIRE I CAN ADMIT SON ALRIGHT BUT CAN U HEAR THAT ON ANYONE’S COUNTDOWN ON THE RADIO. IF HE AINT IN IT FOR THE MONEY UPS IS HIRING WHY RAP FOR THE NIGGAS ON THE CORNER! I’M FROM CALI AND KILO FROM JERSEY BUT REAL RECOGNIZE REAL J_RUDE! I GOOGLED YA MAN DASHAH AND HE AINT GOT MORE THAN 500 VIEWS ON ONE OF HIS TIRED AS VIDEOS SO NIGGAS AINT CHECKIN FOR HIM ONLY IN THE PJ’S HE FROM… OH BY THE WAY IT’S 60′S 4 LIFE TO CUZ… NIPSEY WHAT UP

  • j_rude

    nah internet gangstas dont ruffle my feathers my G! money huh? it aint about money, its about real hip hop kid! obviously he dont care about money or radio, it appears he cares more about MCing, the art form of rap which has been lost. Never said Kilo isnt good, he is. I just don’t think he’s better than Dashah!!!! We two niggas with two different views and we can agree to disagree! Time will tell who’s the victor.

  • KILOGRAM

    Hey everyone on here I appreciate the love/hate ya know! Dashah is a great MC and so are all the others. Let’s keep it clean we all are striving to get somewhere in life so no need to tear eachother down. After all there is nothing to win anyway, its just a blog…

  • LENNOX

    WELL EITHER WAY WHO WINS OR WHATEVER THEY WIN WON’T AFFECT ME OR YOU UNLESS YOUR HIS FAMILY LMAO WHICH I’M SURE YOU ARE. UNCLE J_RUDE LOL… BUT U RIGHT WE CAN AGREE TO DISAGREE. I WISH ALL THESE DUDES SUCCESS IN A BUSINESS THAT IS SLOWLY DISAPPEARING ANYWAY, CD’S AINT SELLING, NO ONE GETTING BOOKED FOR SHOWS LIKE THAT, BUT IT IS ABOUT HIPHOP THOUGH, BUT WE IN 2010 AND NIGGAS LIKE SOULJA BOY AND WACKA FLOCKA SEEM TO BE THE NEW FACE OF HIPHOP SO IF YOU DO YA HOMEWORK LABELS AINT THINKING ABOUT SOME DUDE TRYING RAP CIRCLES AROUND THEY HEAD WITH SOME BACKPACK 1992 SHIT RIDING THE TRAIN LOL… PEOPLE WANT TO DANCE AND PARTY NOT PICK UP A DICTIONARY AND LEARN! ITS JUST THE CULTURE WE IN ITS IGNORANT BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS. I CAN SEE YA MAN IN THE TALIB KWELI CATEGORY BUT HE AINT SELLING EITHER. KILO WHAT UP/ U ON HERE DAWG DANG! CALI IN THE BLDG

  • NELLY

    I think All These Upcoming artists Are good .
    Just like gram said no one’s wining anything so there is no need to go for each others heads
    every one is entitled to there own opinion so you can’t knock any one because what they think . I think every MC on Here is doing there best to be successful . point black period .

  • http://myspace.com Tiffany

    Kilogram has my vote his song is a smash

  • http://myspace.com Dmack

    I’m rocking with Gram he went in on the Rock It joint and the video is bananas. I’ve been following him for a minute and he continues to come wit the heat VA checking in

  • http://myspace.com Lisa

    If you don’t like Kilogram’s song you must not like strip clubs he has my vote

  • Dashah (FRESH VETZ)

    What up peoples, shout out the kid kilogram and every other artist on here. we all in the grind and trying to make it to the next level in our careers, there’s no need take things out of context!!! I checked out his stuff, he’s a dope MC as well!!! I wish nothing but success for my fellow east coast artist, hell maybe even a collab in the future! who knows? I appreciate the Love, hate and constructive criticism anyone wants to leave up here. please lets keep it Hip Hop yall!

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    Dashah (FRESH VETZ)

  • PETE ROC

    JUST HEARD KILOGRAM ON THE RADIO 100.3 THE BEAT IN PHILLY… MY KIDS WAS JAMMING TO THIS SONG.THE DIAMOND KUTS BROAD MIGHT BE WRONG BOUT THIS ONE. EVERYONE ENJOY THEY WEEKEND.

  • over lord

    rocking with Dashah! sick!

  • 75 bars

    Look at that ignorant comments… that’s some ni**a shit.
    Can’t you just congratulate every dudes up n here… they all made it here !!!

    Music isn’t about selling… that’s how/where HIPHOP got lost.

    Shout out to F.Stokes who is touring in Europe.
    Dashah, keep it hip hop!!

  • http://facebook dee

    Dashah! keep it hood keep it real and the streets got u. u got my vote.

  • freshy

    KILO 219 DAMN I NEVER HEARD OF NONE OF THSES DUDES BUT HIS SOng sound the most commercial

    seattle washington up in here lmao yes we on the map

  • TRISH

    kilogram “ROCK IT” is hot i’m from the “lou” st.louis that is he named a spot called rhonda’s nobody goes there like that but he tried lmao… E for EFFORT

  • wa izzy

    that gram knock is the one.. boy should have been on… at the end of the day good things happen in time…

  • H.C.

    Kilogram sounds the most commercial.

  • jdalla

    KILO GOT THIS SHIT ON LOCK FUCK WAT THE HATERS THINK

  • ill will

    I’m rolling with Dashah!!!! Period!

  • bruce

    shout out to kilo 283 hell yeah

  • mic-nicfient

    Long island on the rise……Dashah is carrying that torch!!!!! do it my nigga, i see you!!!

  • leanne

    look at them hips i like how she “rock it” did crime sing this back in the day????lol

  • leanne

    look at them hips i like how she rock it!! lol did crime mobb sing this????

  • T.I. Wifey ATL shawty

    http://www.mtv.com/videos/kilogram/514747/rock-it.jhtml

    WATCH KILOGRAM’S “ROCK IT” VIDEO HERE ON MTV SEPARATE THE BOYS FROM THE MEN SHAWTY. BUCKHEAD STAND UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/younginvent Mz. Invent

    What’s crazy is that’s his single for his mixtape not his real single… but Young Invent… Kills any and every show. Check out his performence in front of 700 female fans…

  • Geeoh

    YO MY VOTE WENT TO YOUNG INVENT HE GOT MAD FLOW SKILLS AND DA BEAT IS SICKKK!!! YALL GOTTA VOTE FOR HIM IF U SEE HIM ON STAGE ULL B STUCK!!! TRUST!!! I <3 YOUNG INVENT!!!!

  • La-a

    MY VOTE GOES TO INVENT!!! HE KILLIN IT! DOIN BIG THINGS BABY BOY!!! INVENT NUMBA 1 FAN OVER HERE I C U BABII!

  • KC

    Yo homie invent got dat flow on right!

  • shawna

    Kilo baby all the way 315… he at the finish line with the flag waving… shout to all the other mc’s too there pretty good too. i’m not a hata

  • http://youtube.com/donprawl82 Don Prawl

    if u wanna hear some real rap/hip hop check my tracks out youtube.com/donprawl i promise you won’t BE DISSAPPOINTED

  • http://youtube.com/donprawl82 Don Prawl

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