Exclusive Interview: DJ Duffey Discusses the Amber Rose Slut Walk, Being a Woman in the Industry & Diversifying Hip-Hop

DJ Duffey is on a mission to break down barriers in the hip-hop world. The Texas-based deejay finished the summer season off with DJ credits for Drake and even Jordan brand. Not only is she is the official tour DJ for Curren$y, but she also holds four residencies in Dallas, Texas. A few weeks ago, she teamed up with Amber Rose to serve as the official DJ for the Amber Rose Slut Walk. Despite her busy schedule, we were able to snag a moment with her to dish on topics like her involvement with the Slut Walk, diversifying hip-hop, and the stereotypes females face in the industry. Check out the honest interview below!

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How did you get involved with the Amber Rose Slut Walk?

Well I have always been a fan of Amber’s. I love how confident she is and I admire her style. After her second relationship with a rapper and now having a baby, I noticed people were a lot harder on her style of dressing because she was a mom. She reminded me a lot of myself. I had hoped to one day meet her!

This one Friday night I was DJ’ing at one of my club gigs in Dallas and Amber was the host! I was so excited when she approached the DJ booth to come say hi. I think the first thing I said to her was that I look up to her because I’m divorced and a single mom and people are so hard on women like us. I belive in uplifting people whether its males or females. Amber had so much fun with me that she didn’t leave the DJ booth all night! By the end of the night she said, “You should DJ my slut walk!”

Was is your first benefit-type performance? What is you expect/hope for?

[Editor’s note: Interview took place before the event.]

Yes it is. All you can ever hope for with these types of events is to bring knowledge and awareness. We are fighting for NO MORE SEXUAL VIOLENCE, NO MORE VICTIM BLAMING, NO MORE DEROGATORY LABELS, NO MORE GENDER INEQUALITY!

Outside of Texas, what city/venue do you enjoy performing at the most?

Vegas. I’ve only DJ’ed there a handful of times but their clubs are amazing and the crowd is always full of energy.

Does anyone in particular influence your set you play and the mixes?

The only people that influence what I play are the people standing in front of my laptop. I normally read the crowd and vibe off of them. My job is to make them dance.

What are the main challenges as a female in the hip-hop industry?

Pretty much what Amber and I connect on: the slut shamming, the double standards, and the lack of respect. Not everyone in the industry is like that, but men look at me and assume because I look like your average video girl that that’s all I should be. I constantly have to prove that I deserve to be where I’m at.

Is there any thing about the music industry right now that you would change?

I would like to see more diversity in the hip-hop culture. There are so many different sounds out there that I hear when I travel. I feel like the hip-hop clubs and stations are boxed in. When I try to introduce something different the crowd often looks at me crazy, but that’s okay because someone in the room will appreciate it.

What’s next for DJ Duffey?

I’m going on tour with Curren$y, and he is dropping an album soon. So be on the lookout!

What’s one interview question you’ve never been asked but you wish you were asked?

What’s most important to me? My answer: my son Heir. I became a DJ because I wanted to be something that he could be proud of. I wanted to show him with hard work you can be anything you want to be!

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  • Kanessa

    Great interview, Ms. Britt. For DJ Duffey to be such a busy woman, as a reader I appreciate the fact that she took her time and elaborate on her answers. I like that you gave her a chance to answer a question that she’s never been asked but would like to be.

    Best Regards,

    -Kanessa (@thatdamnkanessa)