11 years ago D12, hip hop and Detroit lost one of its brightest stars. Proof, you were taken too soon. 105.1 The Bounce honors you.
DeShaun Dupree Holton, aka Proof, is most widely known for his work with childhood friend Eminem and D12, but the Detroit rapper was a prolific artist in his own right and is widely regarded as one of the best MC's that the city has ever produced. He was actually a member of five groups: 5 Elementz, Funky Cowboys, Promatic, Goon Sqwad and of course, D12 of the course of his career. Proof was an entrepreneur and ran his own record label, Iron Fist Records, despite his close connections to both Shady and Interscope Records.
Music video by D-12 performing Fight Music. (C) 2001 Interscope Records
Proof released 2 solo albums I Miss The Hip Hop Shop in 2004 and Searching for Jerry Garcia in 2005 and 3 albums with D12 1997's The Underground EP, the seminal Devil's Night in 2001 and D12 World in 2004. Proof would collaborate with some of the biggest names in hip hop at the time, 50 Cent, Method Man, Nate Dogg, and of course childhood friend and fellow D12 collaborator, Eminem.
Proof was shot and killed outside CCC Club following an argument over a game of pool on April 11th 2006. That day the world lost an amazing artist who still had so much to give. Detroit lost a native son who helped changed the hip hop game in Detroit. And hip hop added another name of the list of talent lost to gun violence.
LYRICS: They ask me am I ok.
Miss you, Proof.