by Larry Ossei-Mensah
D-Nice has been a ï¬xture in the world of hip-hop for well over two decades. After bursting onto the scene with rap patriarchs Boogie Down Productions, he left the group in 1990 and hit with the song â€œCall Me D-Nice.â€ Derrick Jones has proven to be a jack-of-all-trades, pivoting from DJ to rapper back to celebrity DJ. While becoming the crowd-mover of choice for Diddy, Kevin Hart, and other boldface friends, D-Nice has parlayed his unprecedented access into another artistic form: photography.
Jonesâ€™ passion for picture taking is reï¬‚ected in his candids of musicâ€™s colorful cast: 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock. â€œI feel responsible for their images because it is the way people will remember them 50 years from now,â€ he says. While the media places his famous subjects on a pedestal, he instead targets their vulnerabilityâ€” creating a lush visual narrative to which we can all relate. â€œI shoot to document life. I want people to look at the images and feel like they could have been there,â€ says D-Nice. The intimacy of these moments results in an arresting oeuvre reminiscent of â€™60s music photographer Jim Marshall.