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D Nice became a Boogie Down Productions’ DJ after the death of Scott LaRock (the man who discovered him), prior to group’s second album, By All Means Necessary. His first production was actually “Self Destruction,” 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 “Call Me D-Nice” (number one) and “Crumbs off the Table” (number 17). Unlike KRS-One, his lyrical content was rarely politically charged, but “Glory” took a look at the black man’s 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, Nuttin’ Nyce, and Hi-Five.