On this day in 1990, D-Nice released his solo debut Call Me D-Nice. To celebrate the occasion of the album’s 30th anniversary, the world-renown Renaissance Man born Derrick Jones kicked off the day-long celebration late last night with one of his wildly popular Instagram Live DJ sets popularly known as Club Quarantine (or in this instance Club Quarantine After Dark). About three hours into his set he surprised all the night owls and early birds with an announcement that woke everyone in the virtual club up.
Thirty years after dropping his first album, D-Nice is ready to do it again. He shared the news that he has a brand new project on the way, a DJ album in collaboration with producer Salaam Remi. Nice and Remi have been diligently working on music on the low while quarantined, so this news came as quite a shock. This is a passion project for D-Nice, who is committed to elevating Black music with this release that he calls, “what I’ve always wanted to do as a DJ.”
The as-yet-untitled album could be considered an extension of the music movement that Jones has started with Club Quarantine. “I just want a project that’s just full of love, hip-hop, R&B, throwback classics, [that] feel good [like] the way that I DJ,” D-Nice shared this morning while speaking about the upcoming release and giving his CQ Family an exclusive first listen to the first single featuring SoulBounce fave Teedra Moses.
D-Nice proudly debuted the new single to his attentive audience of thousands in Club Quarantine who greeted the surprise drop and R&B bop with glee. “I just want to love you,” Teedra sweetly sings to somebody’s son on the chorus of the summer jam. She lets her future boo know that she’s the one as she takes listeners to the dance floor. The track serves up ’90s R&B thump with a side of Complex Simplicity vibes. This song is giving us everything we didn’t know our playlists were missing. The single isn’t out yet, but D treated those who were hanging out in CQ this morning with the track on repeat for almost 30 minutes. (Listen to a snippet below or click here and fast forward to approximately 2 hours and 42 minutes in to listen on his Instagram page.)
In addition to introducing his upcoming album with this banger, D-Nice told fans that a music video is in the works. He even spilled some tea about other guests who will be joining him on his dream project, including Nile Rodgers and Kathy Sledge, in what is shaping up to be a love letter to Black music. The only thing D didn’t share was the release date for this epic project, but we’re crossing our fingers that it will be soon and we’ll be posted up in Club Quarantine to find out exactly when.
On the 30th anniversary of the release of Call Me D-Nice, Derrick Jones is fondly reflecting on his past and boldly moving toward his future. We can’t wait to see – and hear – what the next 30 years bring his way.