Update: 2:33 PM EST (March 24, 2020) – DJ D-Nice appeared on CBS This Morning and chatted with Gayle King about how his danceathon of sorts came to be. He went on to spin for an hour on Monday night, despite developing a cold and need rest.
Update: 2:00 AM EST (March 22, 2020) – After spinning a handful of Homeschool virtual dance parties, D-Nice broke his initial record of 9 hours and spun for 10 hours on Instagram Live. Between the 5 and 6-hour mark, the total number of viewers spiked at 100K and eventually hit the 104K mark.
As the #ClubQuarantine party continued into the night, celebrities like Michelle Obama, Oprah, Stevie Wonder, Naomi Campbell, Janet Jackson, Joe Biden, Steph Curry, Diddy, Jay Electronica, members of Earth Wind and Fire, Lenny Kravitz, Bell Biv DeVoe, Will Smith, Ellen DeGeneres, Bruno Mars, Queen Latifah and so many more stopped by to enjoy the tunes.
Instagram tweeted about the “global dance party” and Mark Zuckerberg showed up and “bought out” the virtual bar. As the night came to a close, D-Nice played a new song from Childish Gambino titled “19.10” from Gambino’s new album and ended the night with Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon’s “Lovers & Friends.”
“I can’t believe that I started the Home School social distancing dance party just four days ago and it’s become a place for us to virtually dance together and stay connected,” he wrote on Instagram hours before his set. “From my kitchen, I’m able to send positive vibrations to each of you. Thank you for rocking with me.”
On Wednesday (March 18), legendary rapper/producer/celebrity DJ, Derrick “D-Nice” Jones, held a one-man show on his Instagram Live feed, by DJ’n with smooth grooves, hip-hop hits and R&B classics for nearly nine hours long for his viewing audience. This feat was live-streamed straight from his living room condo in Los Angeles and has now been named, “Homeschoolin’: Social Distancing Dance Party.”
His impromptu dance-a-thon was a great departure for those dealing with the quarantine status life due to the coronavirus outbreak and shutdown. Trust his all-day, day party (where Nice switched hats like six times) was also fueled by a few glasses of wine, some sushi and good vibes all delivered to his home by friends and fam.
Nice had various big-name homies and entertainment icons hop in on the virtual litness via Instagram’s split view feature with the likes of Big Daddy Kane, UGK’s Bun B, photographer Jonathan Mannion, comedian Spice Adams, rapper/actor Common, even EGOT’s own John Legend. That line-up with so many others of note, chiming in on the comment timeline prompted Nice to exclaim, “So many legends came through! We had John Legend in here, yall!! What a magical day!”
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Known first as an original member of ’80s hip-hop pioneering Bronx crew BDP, Nice only a teenager in those times, served as DJ and rapper for the squad. Although having a solo rap career of his own, he is most known as one of the producers for the ’80s mega-hit “Self Destruction” which featured various rap luminaries of the time denouncing violence in the hoods of America. MC Lyte, Heavy D, Public Enemy, BDP and many others jumped on the track to promote peace and unity in the hip-hop community. A pivot to photography in the early 2000’s helped in this transition to full-time DJ status as he’s been rocking stages like Essence Fest, various major brands events and the storied BET Networks x White House party where he had everyone, including the President at the time, Barack Obama and team, rocking into the night.
In these current times, Nice is pushing that same level of love for the music and the people of today dealing with lockdowns across the nation. He’s opened his heart and his home to perform for many hours, “out of love for y’all and getting through these times.” If you hurry, you can catch about half of yesterday’s session on his Instagram Live right now to get ready for his new class of Homeschoolin’ at 3 pm PST today on his Instagram page (@dnice).