|Also known as||The Dirty Dozen, D-Twizzy, Detroit-Twelve, Shady Aftermathers|
|Years active||1998 - present|
|Associated acts||G-Unit, Dr. Dre, King Gordy, 50 Cent, Obie Trice|
D12 (also known as D-12, The Dirty Dozen, D-Twizzy and Detroit-Twelve) is an American hip-hop group from Detroit, Michigan, which has had albums reach the top of the American, British, and Australian album charts: Devil's Night in 2001 and D12 World in 2004. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Shady Records Interscope Records is an American Record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMG's Interscope-Geffen-A&M label G-Unit is an American hip hop group originating from New York City. Andre Romelle Young (born February 18 1965 primarily known by his stage name Dr Waverly W Alford III (born August 18 1977) better known by his Stage name King Gordy, is an American Rapper. Obie Trice III (born November 14 1977 as stated in the song "Follow My Life" is an American rapper from Detroit Michigan Rufus "Nignag" Johnson (born in Detroit Michigan) better known as Bizarre, is an American recording artist best known for his work with Detroit Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17 1972 known as Slim Shady and his primary Stage name Eminem, is an Academy Award -winning Denaun Porter, better known by his Stage name Kon Artis or his production title Mr Von Carlisle (born December 10, 1976) better known as Kuniva and also known as Hanz G and Rondell Beene, is one of the members Ondre Moore, known by Stage names Swift and Swifty McVay, is an American rapper and member of D12. DeShaun Dupree Holton ( October 2 1973 &ndash April 11 2006) better known as Proof, was a Detroit rapper and member of the rap Karnail Paul Pitts (January 5 1978 &ndash May 21 1999 better known as Bugz, was a former member of the American hip hop group D12. Eye-Kyu (Pronounced 'IQ' (sometimes spelled as Eiy-Kyu) was one of the original members of D12. Fuzz Scoota is an American Detroit based underground Rapper. Most known for being on Eminem 's No One's Iller track featuring The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Hip hop is a cultural movement which developed in New York City in the 1970s primarily among African Americans and Latinos. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Devil's Night is Detroit hip hop group D12 's debut album released on June 19, 2001 and executive produced by D12 World is the second studio album by Detroit rap group D12, released on April 27, 2004. D12 was formed in 1996, but only achieved mainstream success when its most accomplished member, Eminem, had risen to international fame and notoriety. Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17 1972 known as Slim Shady and his primary Stage name Eminem, is an Academy Award -winning Previously, D12 had been a notable contributor in the underground rap scene.
Proof formed D12 as a rap collective of local Detroit MCs including Bizarre, Eminem, Eye-Kyu, Killa Hawk, Fuzz and himself. Rufus "Nignag" Johnson (born in Detroit Michigan) better known as Bizarre, is an American recording artist best known for his work with Detroit Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17 1972 known as Slim Shady and his primary Stage name Eminem, is an Academy Award -winning Eye-Kyu (Pronounced 'IQ' (sometimes spelled as Eiy-Kyu) was one of the original members of D12. The group was a loose collective in the vein of Wu-Tang Clan. The original concept of D12 was to have 12 of Detroit's most talented Rappers. However, when Eminem, Proof, Eye-Kyu, Bizarre and a few others who were members at the time, were unable to find 12 Rappers who were good enough, Proof decided in order to have 12, the then 6 members would create an alter-ego. Proof chose Dirty Harry. When Eminem found out Proof took that name, he decided on Billy The Kid. This was Eminem's first Dirty Dozen alter-ego. Eminem and Proof eventually decided to "fall-back" on the wild-west concept. At some point afterwards, most-likely early 1997, Eminem created the Slim Shady concept. Bizarre became Peter S. Bizarre. Kuniva became Hannz G. , which later became Rondell Beene. Denaun became Kon Artis. Bugz became Robert Beck. During 1997, and continuing throughout 1998, several members began making names for themselves in Detroit. Bizarre was named Inner City Entertainment's "Flava of the Week". He went on to release an album called Attack Of The Weirdos and become an honorary member of The Outsidaz with Eminem, Rah Digga and Young Zee. Attack of the Weirdos is an EP recorded by Detroit rapper Bizarre in late 1997. The Outsidaz are a Hip hop group from Newark New Jersey, perhaps best known through their affiliation with Detroit rappers Eminem and Bizzare Rah Digga is an American rapper. Well known as a long time member of the Flipmode Squad, a hip hop group led by Busta Rhymes Proof won a freestyling competition run by The Source in 1998. Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, also called Latin Hip Hop in its early years is a form of Electronic music that is heavily influenced by Latin American The Source is a United States -based monthly full-color Magazine covering Hip-hop music, Politics, and culture, founded in
Before the group had any success, Killa Hawk and Fuzz left the group due to various reasons. Fuzz in particular did not get along well with Proof (as stated by Eminem in his book Angry Blond). D12 went through many changes during its beginning stages - leaving only four official members: Proof, Bizarre, Eminem and Eye Kyu for a long while. Eminem then later left to pursue his solo career after being heard by Dr. Dre. D12 temporarily was over. Right about when Eminem got a deal, Proof decided to start D12 up again. Proof was set to find other local rappers to join the group. Proof managed to pick up local Detroit hip hop duo Da Brigade to join. Da Brigade featured longtime Eminem and Proof friend Kon Artis, who also produced Eminem's first album Infinite. Infinite is the independent debut album by Detroit-based rapper Eminem. The other half of Da Brigade was formed by local MC Kuniva. Kon Artis was just the producer for D12 at the time, but was later convinced to join D12 as an artist after his partner Kuniva decided to join the Dirty Dozen. Kuniva then introduced Bugz to Proof who later joined the group. Karnail Paul Pitts (January 5 1978 &ndash May 21 1999 better known as Bugz, was a former member of the American hip hop group D12. Bizarre again joined, but Eye Kyu had decided not to. D12 were in need of one more member, until Bugz asked to have his long time friend Swift, who at the time was already a member of the rap duo Da Rabeez to join. Ondre Moore, known by Stage names Swift and Swifty McVay, is an American rapper and member of D12. 
The first member of the group to achieve solo success was Eminem. Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17 1972 known as Slim Shady and his primary Stage name Eminem, is an Academy Award -winning Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17 1972 known as Slim Shady and his primary Stage name Eminem, is an Academy Award -winning After he recorded an independent lP called The Slim Shady LP in 1997 that caught the attention of famed rap producer Dr. Dre and Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine, and he was quickly signed to Aftermath/Interscope records. The Slim Shady LP is the commercial debut Studio album (and second overall from American Rapper Eminem, released in 1999 Andre Romelle Young (born February 18 1965 primarily known by his stage name Dr Interscope Records is an American Record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMG's Interscope-Geffen-A&M label James Iovine, better known as Jimmy Iovine (born March 11 1952 is a Music producer, Entrepreneur and Chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M There is also another similarly titled record label Aftermath Music, which is based in Norway. Interscope Records is an American Record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMG's Interscope-Geffen-A&M label Eminem stuck to his pact, and Dr. Dre once stated that while making The Slim Shady LP, his debut album, he kept insisting that he go back to sign the others. The Slim Shady LP is the commercial debut Studio album (and second overall from American Rapper Eminem, released in 1999 Dr. Dre told him to first establish himself as a solo artist, then go back for his friends.
In 1999 he released his hit debut The Slim Shady LP and quickly rose to super stardom as The Slim Shady LP went on to sell four million copies in the United States. Having taken Dre's advice, he had established himself as a solo artist and decided it was time to gather his friends. As a way to establish D12, he created Shady Records under the Interscope imprint. Shady Records He then made D12 the first act to be signed to Shady/Interscope Records.
The group toured with Eminem after they signed with Shady Records. Karnail Paul Pitts (January 5 1978 &ndash May 21 1999 better known as Bugz, was a former member of the American hip hop group D12. Before a show in Detroit, D12 member Bugz attended a picnic which would end with his death. Bugz argued with a man over a water-pistol fight. As the argument escalated, the man went to his SUV and retrieved a firearm which he then fired in Bugz's direction. A sport utility vehicle ( SUV) is a generic marketing description for a rugged automotive vehicle similar to a Station wagon but built on a light-truck chassis Bugz was shot three times and hit by the assailant's vehicle as he fled the scene. The attack was caught on tape and shown on the local news later that night.
D12 was shaken by the incident, darkening the light mood of the rap collective. One of the last things Bugz had asked Proof was to allow Swift to join D12. DeShaun Dupree Holton ( October 2 1973 &ndash April 11 2006) better known as Proof, was a Detroit rapper and member of the rap Unfortunately, a few weeks after Swift joined, Bugz was killed, and the rest of D12 couldn't cope and started to believe it was over. After Bugz's death, Eminem asked if he could substitute for Bugz to help them out and do some shows with them which they were booked for prior to Bugz's death. This eventually led to Eminem becoming a member of D12 again.  
In memory of Bugz, the group recorded the track "Good Die Young" on their second album D12 World. D12 World is the second studio album by Detroit rap group D12, released on April 27, 2004. The album also included a song titled "Bugz '97", which was a 1997 recording of Bugz, originally from the song 'Desperados'. All five members of D12 bear a tattoo of his name somewhere on their bodies in remembrance of him. The group recorded their first LP Devil's Night in his memory. Devil's Night is Detroit hip hop group D12 's debut album released on June 19, 2001 and executive produced by Eminem's second album The Marshall Mathers LP was also dedicated to Bugz. The Marshall Mathers LP is the third Studio album released by American Rapper Eminem, released in 2000
The group has released two albums, Devil's Night and D12 World. Devil's Night is Detroit hip hop group D12 's debut album released on June 19, 2001 and executive produced by D12 World is the second studio album by Detroit rap group D12, released on April 27, 2004. Both albums debuted at number one on the Billboard music charts in the U. S. and topped the charts in many other countries. The two albums' hit singles included "Purple Pills", "Fight Music", "My Band", and "How Come". " Purple Pills " is a hip hop single by D12. It contains a radio version of the track called " Purple Hills " and is from Devil's Night is Detroit hip hop group D12 's debut album released on June 19, 2001 and executive produced by " My Band " is a 2004 rap single by the rap group D12. " How Come " is a 2004 rap single by the rap group D12.
D12 also made a song, Lies & Rumors, for the Shark Tale soundtrack. Shark Tale is a 2004 CGI comedy produced by DreamWorks Animation.
The group was often overshadowed by Eminem's massive success, and toured without him for the second album while Eminem was busy recording Encore. Although shadowed by Eminem's success, other members Bizarre and Proof managed to prevail with mildly successful solo careers with the releases of Hannicap Circus and Searching for Jerry Garcia in 2005. Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17 1972 known as Slim Shady and his primary Stage name Eminem, is an Academy Award -winning Rufus "Nignag" Johnson (born in Detroit Michigan) better known as Bizarre, is an American recording artist best known for his work with Detroit DeShaun Dupree Holton ( October 2 1973 &ndash April 11 2006) better known as Proof, was a Detroit rapper and member of the rap Hannicap Circus is the debut solo album of American recording artist Bizarre, a rapper best known for his work with Detroit hip-hop group D12 Searching for Jerry Garcia is the second Album by Detroit Rapper Proof of D12, released on August 9 D12 (minus Eminem) appeared on Tech N9ne's 2002 album entitled Absolute Power on the track "She-Devil". Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8 1971 in Kansas City Missouri) better known by his Stage name Tech N9ne (also Tech N9NE They also decided that Eminem would not be as prominent on their upcoming third album, which remains evident even after Proof's death. Their third album is estimated to be 70% completed with yet any input from Eminem. 
On April 11, 2006, Proof died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head at approximately 4:30am EDT (08:30 UTC) at the CCC Club on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan, after fatally shooting Keith Bender Jr. DeShaun Dupree Holton ( October 2 1973 &ndash April 11 2006) better known as Proof, was a Detroit rapper and member of the rap Events 491 - Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine Emperor, with the name of Anastasius I. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. . Proof fired the first shots into Bender's head after taking his pistol and striking Bender several times in the face. However, these reports contradict another eye-witness who states otherwise. The eruption is suspected to have been due to an argument over a game of pool. Proof was then allegedly shot by the bouncer Mario Etheridge, Bender's cousin. He was then taken by private vehicle to St. John Health's Conner Creek Campus, an outpatient emergency treatment site, and was pronounced dead on arrival shortly thereafter. Exact details of his death and the events that led to it remain unclear. 
He was buried on April 19 in The Fellowship Chapel, Detroit, to a full house of 2,000 with thousands mourning outside. Events 1012 - Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich London. 1529 - At the Second Diet of Speyer Eminem and Obie Trice read eulogies at the service. Obie Trice III (born November 14 1977 as stated in the song "Follow My Life" is an American rapper from Detroit Michigan An excerpt from Eminem's speech: "I'm sure everybody who has ever met him, even just once, can testify to the fact that he illuminated a room when he walked in it. I believe that Proof loved people and people loved him. He was a magnet. He lured you in. You wanted to learn about him, follow his swagger. Without Proof, there would be no Eminem, no Slim Shady, and no D12. " Many rap artists offered their condolences to Proof's family after the passing. Proof is survived by his mother Sherallene; father McKinley; wife Sharonda; sons DeShaun Rice and Elijha Abel; and daughters Katieva Walker, Nassan, and Nyeem. 
On April 21, 2006, Swift was arrested in Novi, Michigan, after he failed to appear in court. Ondre Moore, known by Stage names Swift and Swifty McVay, is an American rapper and member of D12. Events 753 BC - Romulus and Remus found Rome ( traditional date) Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Novi is a city in Oakland County of the US state of Michigan. He skipped the court date to attend fallen band-mate Proof's funeral, where he served as an honorary pallbearer. Swift was on probation from a drunk-driving case and served two days in jail in October of 2005 for failing a drug-test when they found alcohol in his blood stream. Swift was sentenced by District Court Judge Brian MacKenzie to 93 days in jail for violating terms of his probation. His incarceration stalled the recording process of D12's third album, and prevented him from appearing in magazine interviews or being reached for comment on Proof's death. He has now been released and is currently working on the third D12 album, with a tentative release date of sometime between March and May of 2008. This was announced by Bizarre on the popular Rap Basement Message Board, in which D12 members occasionally post.
Their debut album, Devil's Night, referring to the old Detroit tradition of setting abandoned buildings on fire (something that has become huge in Detroit) the night before Halloween, was released in June 2001. Devil's Night is Detroit hip hop group D12 's debut album released on June 19, 2001 and executive produced by Devil's Night is a name associated with October 30, the night before Halloween, particularly in Detroit Michigan. Halloween, or Hallowe’en, is a Holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. It debuted at number one on the U. S. and British charts, also reaching the top of the Canadian charts. Devil's Night went on to sell four million albums worldwide and two million in the U. S. It featured the following hit singles:
The group's second album was D12 World released on April 27, 2004, featuring production by Dr. D12 World is the second studio album by Detroit rap group D12, released on April 27, 2004. Events 1124 - David I becomes King of Scotland. 1296 - Battle of Dunbar: The Scots are defeated "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Dre, Eminem, Kon Artis and Kanye West, and guest appearances by Obie Trice on the track "Loyalty", and B-Real of Cypress Hill on the track "American Psycho II". Kanye Omari West (ˈkɑnjɛj born June 8 1977 is a ten-time Grammy Award -winning American Rapper, Record producer and Singer. Obie Trice III (born November 14 1977 as stated in the song "Follow My Life" is an American rapper from Detroit Michigan Louis Freese, better known by his Stage name B-Real, is a rapper of Mexican and Afro-Cuban heritage Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from Los Angeles California. It debuted at the top of the U. S. , UK, and Australian album charts, and number two in Germany — selling over half a million records in its first week of release in the U. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. S. alone. "My Band", the album's first single, was also successful reaching number one in Australia, New Zealand and the U. S. rhythmic top forty, the top five in the UK and Germany, and the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
The members of the group have also, on occasion, turned to acting. Eminem is the lead actor in 8 Mile and has a cameo appearance in The Wash, while Proof also appears in 8 Mile as a freestyle rapper called "Lil' Tic". 8 Mile is a 2002 American Drama film, directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Eminem, Kim Basinger, A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the Performing arts, such as The Wash is a hip-hop -styled Film released on November 16, 2001 featuring Dr The group (without Eminem) appear in 2005's The Longest Yard credited as "Basketball Convicts". This article refers to the 2005 film For the 1974 original see The Longest Yard (1974 film. Although, Eminem rapping about football can be heard while the convicts are practicing at one point. The group recorded the song "My Ballz" for The Longest Yard soundtrack.
D12 member Eminem is set to star in a new film, as of 2006, titled Have Gun — Will Travel, a modernized remake of the 1957 cowboy western television series of the same name. Have Gun &mdash Will Travel is an American Western Television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963 The rest of the group was previously stated to be producing and starring in two movies, one titled Devil's Night — a horror film, and another titled Runyon Cash — about growing up in the streets of Detroit. Since this statement however, there has been no official word about these releases.
D12 became involved in a rivalry with Ja Rule and Murder Inc. Murder Inc, Murder Incorporated or Brownsville Boys was the name given by the press for an Organized crime group in the 1920s to 1940s that carried Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29 1976 Music career Atkins began his rap career in 1994 with the group Cash Money Click The Inc Records (formerly known as Murder Inc) established in 1997, is a Record label, owned by Irv Gotti. (which had been primarily been between Ja Rule and 50 Cent) when Ja released "Loose Change", a diss track aimed at 50 Cent as well as Eminem. On the song, Ja insulted Eminem's daughter saying the lines "Em you claim your mother's a crackhead and Kim is a known slut so what's Hailie gonna be when she grows up?" Eminem responded on a DJ Green Lantern mixtape freestyle along with 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes called "Hail Mary 2003" (over 2Pac's Hail Mary beat). James D'Agostino, better known as DJ Green Lantern, is an American DJ and Hip hop musician He was born in Rochester, New York Trevor George Smith Jr, (born May 20 1972 better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American actor and Musician of Jamaican descent D12 also released a diss track in response to the "Loose Change" record called "Doe Ray Me" which featured Eminem and Obie Trice. Obie Trice III (born November 14 1977 as stated in the song "Follow My Life" is an American rapper from Detroit Michigan They also dissed Murder Inc. on the outro of Obie Trice's Cheers album. Cheers is an American Situation comedy television series that ran eleven seasons from 1982 to 1993 Even Proof released a diss track entitled "Ja In A Bra. " D12's involvement in the feud faded after Eminem released Like Toy Soldiers a song in which Eminem offers Ja to put an end to the "beef". " Like Toy Soldiers " is a song by American Rapper Eminem from the album Encore. Ja ended his feud with Shady Records but continues to feud with 50 Cent & G-unit. Shady Records
Fuzz Scoota was a former member of D12. Fuzz Scoota is an American Detroit based underground Rapper. Most known for being on Eminem 's No One's Iller track featuring He had a dispute with Bizarre and he was eventually dropped from the group. Afterward, Fuzz Scoota released "F. U. Z. Z. ", a diss track aimed at D12.
In 2002, Royce called Eminem and asked to be signed to Shady Records. Ryan Montgomery (born July 5, 1977) is an MC known by his Stage name Royce Da 5'9". Busy with his movie 8 Mile at the time, Eminem refused, but about a week later signed 50 Cent. Royce took this in stride, agreeing to do the Anger Management Tour with his crew D-Elite. While on tour, D12 took offense to a line Royce had written for the tour: "Fuck Anger Management, I need someone to manage my anger. "
They took the line to Eminem, and from there a series of misunderstandings escalated the beef. A barfight between D12 and D-Elite culminated in Eminem and Royce not speaking, and a rekindled beef between Royce and all of D12, including Proof.
Detroit's radio stations were alive with the controversy, playing diss tracks back and forth which included "Smack Down" (Kon Artis and Bizarre over 50 Cent's "Back Down" beat). The track opens with an audio clip from an interview where Royce disses D12, calling them "the worst rap group ever". It attacks Royce's street credibility and alleges that D12 made his career possible. Proof recorded "Many Men" (over 50 Cent's "Many Men" beat), which addressed false rumors that Royce had ordered a hit on Proof.
Royce released several diss tracks including "Shit on U" (over D12's "Shit on You" beat), which was mostly aimed at Bizarre. This track ridicules Bizarre's limited ability as a rapper and his suffering from a speech impediment. Royce also recorded "We Ridin'" and "Death Day" (over 50 Cent's "In da Club" beat). Royce Da 5'9' later recorded "Malcolm X" (over Capone-N-Noreaga's "Bang Bang" beat), featuring Tre Little of D-Elite which ended up being an instant Detroit classic. Royce and Eminem have also released many subliminal track regarding the beef (but not necessarily dissing each other) Such as Royce's "We Ridin" and Eminem's verse in D12's "How Come". 
While Royce and Eminem never directly dissed each other, the rap world focused on their relationship, mostly overlooking the beef between Royce and Proof. The feud continued for two years, during which Royce suffered from a severe drinking problem, but released some of his most recognized material. For instance, his dark second LP Death Is Certain, which garnered favorable reviews from many publications and critics. (See links section for reference. )
In 2003, his conflict with Proof finally boiled over in a confrontation on the streets of Detroit. The two rappers' entourages gathered around them, but fled when they both drew guns. They spent a night in jail, working out differences, and eventually returned to the studio, and even went on an over-seas tour together. In the DJ Premier produced track "Ding!", Royce mentions his late friend: "Rest in peace to Proof/probably rollin over in his grave/niggas poisoning his name/the misfortunes of the fortune and the fame". In 2008 Royce and Eminem have officially squashed their beef. Royce told AllHipHop. com, “I hate cleaning up other peoples messes when it comes to rumors. Eminem is my brother, and as long as we are brothers, I couldn't ever have a real problem with any Shady Records artist. Cashis said something about me, but he was just looking out for Em. He was being a soldier and Em needs soldiers around him. So, if Em says he (Cashis) is sorry, then he is sorry. If he says it’s over, then it's over. That my nigga. I love him and my loyalty is with him.