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D-Nice in June 2005
Background information
Birth name Derrick Jones
Born (1970-06-19) June 19, 1970 (age 47)
Origin The Bronx, New York
Genres Hip hop, soul
Occupation(s) Rapper, Beatboxer, Photographer, Singer
Labels Roc Nation, Jive, Violator
Associated acts Boogie Down Productions
Scott La Rock
Naughty by Nature
Too $hort
Website d-nice.com

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]

Personal life[edit]

D-Nice with Malinda Williams.

He has a daughter, Ashli Lyric Jones (born 1996),[4] from a previous relationship and a daughter named Dylan Coleman-Jones with Kelli M. Coleman, Executive Vice President for GlobalHue.[5] In August 2008 he married actress Malinda Williams but the couple separated in October 2009. In February 2010 the couple filed for divorce[6] 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 4 May 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 2014-06-08. 
  4. ^ Essence.com: Derrick Jones posed with his new family
  5. ^ http://instagram.com/p/wwkKdYHUMr/?modal=true.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Malinda x D-Nice: We Wanted This One To Last | Vibe

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