I thought it might be a challenge to find anything on this lady (and it might have been, if I had continued to use the spelling “Cuttin Candy”) but she’s done a lot, and the media has taken notice! Born Candice Custodio in Queens, New York, Kuttin Kandi started DJ-ing as a teen and today is a hip-hop advocate, activist, writer, poet and lecturer who also works at the UC San Diego Women’s Center and is in the process of earning a degree in Ethnic Studies.
Kandi is a member of the 5th Platoon DJ crew and founder of the Anomolies hip-hop collective of female DJs, emcees, producers, and b-girls. As a skilled battle DJ, she was the first woman to make it to the USA finals of the DMC World DJ Championships and in 1998 beat out her then-boyfriend DJ Roli Rho to win the Source magazine DJ championships.
From calling for more respect for women in the hip-hop to advocating for her own Filipino community, Kuttin Kandi’s passion goes beyond a good beat. She has been especially active in supporting the GABRIELA Network, “a Philippine-US women’s solidarity mass organization [that] provides the means by which Filipinas in the US can empower themselves, functions as training ground for women’s leadership, and articulates the women’s point of view.”
Kuttin Kandi fans, show your love in the comments! Who are some other great feminist DJs?
Arts & Activism on the Air: DJ Kuttin Kandi on Hip Hop
An Open Letter, A Call-to-Action to Our Hip-Hop Community: Put Us, Women, on that Line-Up & Stop the Disrespect!
@kuttinkandi on Twitter
Kuttin Kandi’s Biography
Asian Week interview
Artist Spotlight: DJ Kuttin Kandi
Kuttin Kandi: Spinning the Truth