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Wherever rapper Eminem goes, controversy and headlines are sure to follow. With so many people unsure about whether to love him or hate him, five young rappers have decided to join him on his latest project, D12. Also known as the Dirty Dozen, D12 is a sextet of Detroit-based rappers -- all between the ages of 23 and 25. Members Bizarre, Swift, Kon Artis, Proof, and Kuniva claim they are "here to bring the sick, the obscene, the disgusting." With this agenda in tow, D12 could prove to be the sequel to the controversial parade that Eminem started with the explicit lyrics on his solo album Slim Shady (Interscope, 1999) and the in-your-face single "Way I Am" (2000, Interscope). D12's 2001 debut album, Devil's Night (Interscope/Shady), had potential to cause some waves, with the inclusion of their raucous 2000 single, "Shit on You." After a three-year wait, D12 returned with 2004's D12 World, including guest appearances from Obie Trice and B Real. D12 was originally founded by members Bizarre and Proof around 1990, but the size and scope of the group expanded when Proof brought in childhood friend Eminem (it turns out that the pair grew up near each other, but went to different high schools) and the rest of the gang. Along with their quest to stir the already controversy-infested waters of rap, all five members come complete with aliases, while each of them bears a tattoo of the name of former D12 member Bugz, who was gunned down at a picnic party. D12 is (listed in no particular order by real name and alias/alter ego) Rufus Johnson, aka Peter S. Bizarre (Bizarre is also a member of the group Da Outsidaz which includes Rah Digga and Eminem; he has appeared in magazines such as The Source and is the winner of Inner City Entertainment's Flava of the Year award for September 1998), Denine Porter, aka Kon Artis (Kon Artis is a producer for D12), aka Swifty McVay (Swifty joined D12 in 1998 after Bugz died), Von Carlisle or Hannz G., aka Kuniva (Kuniva was a part of Da Brigade along with Kon Artis), and Deshaun Holton, aka Proof or Dirty Harry; Proof is known for his freestyle talents, having won the Source Magazine Freestyling Competition back in 1999. Tragically, he died April 11, 2006, the victim of gunfire at the after-hours club CCC on Eight Mile Road in Detroit. D12 -- and especially Eminem -- were devastated but promised to carry on. In May, Kon Artis announced the band's next album would feature unreleased tracks from Proof. ~ Kerry L. Smith
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Stations Featuring
D12

    '00s Hip-Hop

    '00s Hip-Hop
    2 songs

    Comedy Classics

    Comedy Classics
    1 song

Albums by
D12

Top Songs by
D12

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Purple Pills
  3.   My Band
  4.   Fight Music
  5.   40 Oz.
  6.   Ain't Nuttin' But Music
  7.   How Come
  8.   American Psycho
  9.   American Psycho II by B Real
  10.   Pistol Pistol
  11.   Get My Gun
  12.   Shit Can Happen
  13.   6 in the Morning
  14.   Girls
  15.   Blow My Buzz
  16.   That's How People
  17.   Revelation
  18.   Leave Dat Boy Alone
  19.   Nasty Mind
  20.   Just Like U
  21.   Pimp Like Me
  22.   Keep Talkin
  23.   Good Die Young
  24.   Git Up
  25.   Obie Trice (Skit)
  26.   Lies & Rumors
  27.   U R the One
  28.   Loyalty
  29.   Bizarre (Skit)
  30.   Bane
  31.   Shit on You
  32.   Purple Hills
  33.   Devils Night
  34.   Instigator
  35.   Desidance
  36.   Bitch
  37.   Bugz 97 (Skit)
  38.   Commercial Break by Young Zee
  39.   D-12 World
  40.   Steve's Coffee House (Skit)
  41.   *****
  42.   Dude (Skit)
  43.   I'll Be Damned
  44.   Steve Berman
  45.   These Drugs
  46.   Barbershop

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