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D-Nice in June 2005
Background information
Birth nameDerrick Jones
Born (1970-06-19) June 19, 1970 (age 49)
OriginThe Bronx, New York
GenresHip hop, soul
Occupation(s)Rapper, Beatboxer, photographer, Singer
LabelsRoc Nation, Jive, Violator
Associated actsBoogie Down Productions
Scott La Rock
Naughty by Nature
Too $hort

Derrick Jones (born June 19, 1970), better known by his stage name D-Nice, is an American disc jockey, beatboxer, rapper, producer, and photographer who began his career in the mid-1980s with the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions.[1] He discovered Kid Rock in 1988, landing him a deal with Jive Records.


D-Nice currently works as a DJ as well as a photographer. He shot the album covers for Carl Thomas' 2007 album So Much Better[2] and Pharoahe Monch's 2011 album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades).[3] He also photographed the album cover for Kenny Lattimore's 2017 album, Vulnerable.[4]

In March 2020, D-Nice began hosting Homeschool at Club Quarantine on Instagram Live from his home as a way for people to come together and help others cope with the COVID-19 global health crisis. The 3/21 Saturday night dance party ran 9 hours and D-Nice urged people to "take care of one another and wash their hands."[5] It drew over 100,000 viewers, including Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, Nile Rodgers, Lalah Hathaway, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Dwyane Wade, Janet Jackson, Fab Five Freddy, Michelle Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Angela Bassett and Sheila E. among others.[6] The following day, March 22, his stream capped at over 150,000 simultaneous viewers.[citation needed]

On March 25, 2020, D-Nice streamed another Instagram Live party. He partnered with former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama for his set titled Couch Party to bring attention to voter registration. The original goal was to register 50,000 voters. That number was surpassed to over 300,000 registered voters. This event was viewed by over 60,000 people including Rosario Dawson, Tisha Campbell-Martin,Kerry Washington, Selena Gomez, Chris Paul, B-Real, Black Thought (of The Roots) among others. D-Nice called this stream "A party with a purpose".

Personal life[edit]

D-Nice with Malinda Williams.

He has a daughter, Ashli Lyric Jones (born 1996),[7] from a previous relationship and a daughter named Dylan Coleman-Jones with Kelli M. Coleman, Executive Vice President for GlobalHue.[8] In August 2008, he married actress Malinda Williams, but the couple separated in October 2009. In February 2010, the couple filed for divorce[9] and the divorce was finalized on June 14, 2010.


Album information
Call Me D-Nice
  • Released: July 24, 1990
  • Chart Positions: #75 US, #12 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: N/A
  • Singles: "Call Me D-Nice", "Crumbs on the Table", "Glory"
To tha Rescue
  • Released: November 26, 1991
  • Chart Positions: #137 US, #27 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: N/A
  • Singles: "25 Ta Life", "Time to Flow", "To tha Rescue"


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Biography: D-Nice". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  2. ^ Carl Thomas – So Much Better (CD liner notes). Bungalo Records. 02097 01182
  3. ^ Bark, Theo. "Photosynthesis With D-Nice: A History of Hip-Hop Photography". The Boombox. theboombox.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Kenny Lattimore To Get 'Vulnerable' On New Album As He Reveals Cover Art & Tracklist". soulbounce.com. Kimberly Shines Media. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "DJ D-Nice Hosts An IG Live Social Distancing Uplift Party And Everybody Shows Up". Forbes.
  6. ^ "Rihanna, Dwyane Wade, Bernie Sanders, and More Attend DJ D-Nice's Virtual 'Social Distancing Dance Party'". Complex.
  7. ^ "Essence.com: Derrick Jones posed with his new family". Archived from the original on February 24, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "D-Nice on Instagram: "I made it back from the @BETnetworks event in DC this morning to take the lil one to school. Although I love my job, I wish I could do this…"". Instagram.com.
  9. ^ "Malinda x D-Nice: We Wanted This One To Last". Vibe.com. February 24, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2020.

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