While scrolling through the black hole that is the internet the other day, I found myself landing on Billboards’ “25 Female DJs You Need to Know Now” list. Excited, I scrolled through the list hoping for new women to add to my overplayed Soundcloud playlist. While the DJs were talented and mixes were flawless, I noticed one thing—most of them were white.
In a time where black people (especially black women) are erased from narratives, I found it important and long overdue to highlight some new upcoming and popular DJs of color. It’s important to recognize that women of color have prominent roles in the music scene other than being a rapper or the stereotypical video girl.
In honor of the legendary DJ Spinderella, Jazzy Joyce, Sweet Tea, and those who have come before them, here are 19 DJs of Color you need to know right now.
1. Ella Hussle
Cali native but NY based DJ and curator Ella Hu$$le has been making her mark in the music scene. The 25-year -old has toured with Bosco and Yuna and curates her own all female DJ party, GURL on Wednesdays at Pianos.
Listen to one of her most popular mixes “Vibra Conmigo” below:
23-year old Noodles made a name for herself through her by blending her love of R&B with modern hip hop on mixes and working as Kehlani’s DJ for the past two years.
Take a listen to Noodles’ popular mix, Make A Move, below:
You may have seen her around the city working with TaxStone and Combat Jack or on MTV2’s “Uncommon Sense” but Queens native DJ Miss Milan has been making waves all on her own. Known for her “Lady in the Streets” mixes and her dance moves behind the decks, Miss Milan is proving that she’ll be in the music game for a very long time.
Listen to Lady In The Streets Vol. 2 below:
4. Kitty Cash
Blending soca, R&B, Hip-Hop, and dance tracks into her mixes, Kitty Cash is one of the most diverse DJs out. The Brooklyn native’s “Love The Free” series has helped to her to gain popularity for herself and the artists who have contributed original music like Vic Mensa, Kilo Kish, and more.
Listen to Kitty Cash’s latest and final installment of the “Love the Free” series below: