If you've been paying attention to the hottest Instagram Live parties during the global pandemic that's forcing many to stay home, you'll know that DJ D-Nice — the rapper, beatboxer, and member of legendary 1980s rap group Boogie Down Productions — is the man behind the ones and twos. If you've been looking for the next time that he's going to spin his magic, he's made an exciting announcement. Tonight (March 25) at 6:30 p.m. ET, he'll be joining Michelle Obama and her nonprofit organization, When We All Vote, for a virtual celebration called the #CouchParty on Instagram Live.
As D-Nice jockeys his discs, the goal of the event will be to help eligible voters register by way of volunteers texting them. "As the country's reality continues to change in the wake of the coronavirus's ongoing impact on individuals and communities, When We All Vote is committed to exploring innovative and safe ways to reach voters where they are — at home," a statement from the organization reads.
Here's how it works. Using the website Outvote, a mobile organizing platform that reaches out to unregistered voters, more than 3,000 people have volunteered to text during this #CouchParty event. By using "laptops, iPads, or smartphones," the volunteers will make it a mission to contact 50,000 people about voting by 9 p.m. ET. That's a lot of texts.
To take volunteers's minds off of their task and to entertain the huge crowd of people that will show up virtually, DJ D-Nice will be providing the musical mix of sounds from 6:30 to 9. No word as to what he'll play yet, but we know that it'll be music to ironically get you up off the couch whilst at the #CouchParty.
Just last Saturday (March 21), DJ D-Nice spun a nine-hour set that brought fans and celebrities together to celebrate music and drop a couple of coronavirus prevention tips. Rihanna, Diddy, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama, and more popped up in the comments to show their support. The event was so huge that it singlehandedly made him one of the most sought-after DJs during this period. The New Yorker reports that he gained more than 600,000 followers by 10 p.m. that night.
Even going back farther than that shows D-Nice's commitment to bringing people together with music during this global pandemic. He launched the "Club Quarantine" live stream DJ set series last Wednesday (March 18) and had around two hundred listeners. Ever since then, he built up his audience, brick by brick, with a sturdy foundation of hits from yesterday and today.
Fun fact: DJ D-Nice was former president Barack Obama's DJ at his White House farewell party. Make sure to watch DJ D-Nice's new set when it airs later at tonight's #CouchParty and prepare to shake some tail feathers with voters.
Over 4 million people will turn 18 between now and the 2020 election. MTV's +1thevote is encouraging all potential first-time voters to register and vote this November. It's time to make voting easier to do, and part of the milestones already happening in your life, from prom to graduation to birthdays. It's a year-long party and +1thevote is inviting you to help us shape the future. Who's your +1?