D-Nice in June 2005
Background information
Birth name Derrick Jones
Born (1970-06-19) June 19, 1970
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 .comd-nice

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.


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Discography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


D-Nice currently works as a DJ as well as a photographer. He shot the album covers for albums such as Carl Thomas' 2007 album So Much Better[2] and Pharoahe Monch's 2011 album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades).[3]

Personal life

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".  
  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. 
  6. ^ Malinda x D-Nice: We Wanted This One To Last | Vibe

External links

  • Official website
  • Allmusic