A VIRTUAL RENAISSANCE: How hip-hop legend D-Nice stole the summer

A VIRTUAL RENAISSANCE: How hip-hop legend D-Nice stole the summer

By Joshua McCoy

 

D-Nice was the sole entertainment on the Emmys main stage, but underneath the signature brim and beaming smile lies a familiar story. Once a broke and irrelevant young artist, his curated DJ sets have become a bright spot in a grim time of isolation and despair. 50 year old Derrick Jones created “Club Quarantine” as a way to share his love of music and the happiness it brings with an Instagram live virtual party full of VIPs and hundreds of thousands of people who just wanted to feel good. 

Attendees from Drake and Justin Timberlake to Patti Labelle and Michelle Obama popped in to share their joy with hundreds of thousands of people through music and connection. His personal "Club Quarantine" Renaissance is in the same tradition of Harlem Renaissance artists like Duke Ellington, who were celebrated for using music to bring light to otherwise dark times. Beginning at a young age, the story of Derrick “D-Nice” Jones is a familiar story of Black ingenuity, ...

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