Black History Month Highlight: DJ Spinderella

The art of being a Disc Jockey requires a ton of fearlessness, perseverance, and consistency. For a woman in that field, it requires even more. In the early stages of Hip-Hop, there were a few female DJ’s who paved the way for the many we admire today. One of those women is DJ Spinderella.

Born as Diedra Roper on August 3, 1971, DJ Spinderella is a native to Brooklyn, and all things Hip-Hop. As a child of the 70’s her early influence in music began with a keen fascination with her father’s record collection. By the age of 16, Spinderella had fallen in love with DJing and began learning what she could from those around her. With her dreams in mind, she began spinning at numerous events in Brooklyn.

Soon after, she was approached by a classmate who would catapult her career and change her life forever. ¬†With her classmate’s help, Spinderella was able to audition for the Producer of an iconic girl-group named Salt-N-Peppa. At the age of 16, she became apart of Salt-N-Peppa and would be known as their official DJ. The trio would eventually go on to be one of the most successful female Hip-Hop groups of all time. Along with being their official DJ, Spinderella also produced countless songs on Salt-N-Peppa’s albums which many of, became platinum and gold singles.

Spinderella was known for sampling on her turntables. She knew just how to wow her audience with old and new music. Getting the crowd hyped up is no easy task, but that never stopped her from doing so. In addition to DJing and producing, she also spent time rapping and acting in films. From reality TV to the Hip-Hop Honors, Spinderella has been there and done that.

Today, DJ Spinderella has not slowed down. She still performs at various events all over the country and is loved and respected by many. Her fearlessness and creativity have without a doubt been an inspiration for male and female DJ’s alike. Check out some of DJ Spinderella’s amazing and memorable moments below:


KHEEEZUS, also known as Khalia Iris or LiiaFamouszx (on Myspace) is a 23-year-old DJ and content creator from Brooklyn, NY. Khalia is a proud Howard University Alumna and lover of all things Hip-Hop. She likes to dabble in fashion too from time to time ;-) Check her out: | IG + Twitter: @Kheeezus

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