Epic and sweaty. That’s the only way to describe Bronx native DJ D-Nice (real name Derrick Jones) is doing his part to keep social distancers entertained and positive during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. What began as a “Homeschool social distancing Party” last Wednesday March 18 (with only 200 followers), has quickly become a social media phenomenon with the likes of FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Will Smith, Halle Berry Joe Biden, Missy Elliott among thousands showing up.
Last night on IG Live, the DJ spun records for Mrs. Obama’s When We All Vote organization with a goal of registering 50,000 voters for the upcoming Fall election. Using Outvote, the texting platform received text messages from 407,824 eligible voters and helped nearly 13,000 people start or complete the voter registration process, according to a spokesperson for When We All Vote. An excited FLOTUS tweeted out her excitement on Twitter.
D-Nice repeatedly encouraged viewers to register, as he dropped the funk including Funkadelic, Shalamar, Stephanie Mills, Fu-Schnickens, SWV, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Phil Collins, Madonna, One Way, Stevie Wonder and a whole lot more. We mean ALOT more.
“We have FLOTUS in the house right now! What’s up FLOTUS!” D-Nice proclaimed when Obama entered the chat stream, an online VIP area also populated by Oprah, Amy Schumer, Janelle Monáe, Tracy Ellis-Ross, Chaka Khan, Vanessa Williams, Will Smith, David Beckham, Timbaland and 61,000 other viewers.
“That’s my jam!” Obama typed in the chat when D-Nice dropped the 1992 track “Follow Me” by house duo Aly-Us. “The power of music is remarkable,” she later added, inserting two fire emojis to emphasize her point.
Fun fact: DJ D-Nice was former president Barack Obama’s DJ at his White House farewell party.
“I never would’ve imagined that the best party I would create and DJ would be from the comfort of my own home,” D-Nice wrote on Instagram following Saturday’s #ClubQuarantine event, where he reportedly spun hip-hop and R&B jams for about 10 hours.
As we would say at any party, D-Nice. Keep it going. And as someone posted to comedian Amy Schumer, who was also in attendance, “Shake that big thing girl.”
D-Nice has now released his #HomeSchool Playlist on Spotify. Click here to shake your tailfeather.