D-Nice became a Boogie Down Productionsâ DJ after the death of Scott LaRock (the man who discovered him), prior to groupâs second album, By All Means Necessary. His first production was actually âSelf Destruction,â the single released by the Stop the Violence Movement; the project, put together by KRS-One and the DJ, featured Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, and MC Lyte.
Born Derrick Jones, D-Nice left BDP in 1990, after the Edutainment album, to go solo. Call Me D-Nice, released in 1990 on Jive, featured a pair of Billboard rap-chart hits in âCall Me D-Niceâ (number one) and âCrumbs off the Tableâ (number 17). Unlike KRS-One, his lyrical content was rarely politically charged, but âGloryâ took a look at the black manâs role in the Civil War. The less-successful To tha Rescue followed the next year. After that, he took on occasional production duties for the likes of LeShaun, Nuttinâ Nyce, and Hi-Five.