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Though Proof never enjoyed much national prominence beyond his membership in D12, the rapper was a pivotal figure within Detroit, energizing the local hip-hop scene in the years predating his unfortunate death in 2006 at age 32. Born DeShaun Holton, Proof was undoubtedly best known for his close relationship with Eminem. The two Detroit rappers were not only part of D12 -- the six-man group that initiated Eminem's rise -- but were best friends, their friendship going all the way back to high school. Proof was such a pivotal figure in Detroit because he often hosted battle-rap competitions, most notably at the famed Hip-Hop Shop, where he hosted Saturday afternoon sessions for years. He later hosted Fight Club, a similar event. Moreover, he was an active participant, nearly winning the 1998 Blaze Battle contest. Such notoriety earned him The Source's 1999 Unsigned Hype award. Proof's role as the city's key battle-rap figure inspired the character Future, portrayed by actor Mekhi Phifer in the Eminem-starring film 8 Mile. (Proof played the character Lil' Tic in the film.) In addition to his credits as part of D12, who recorded two full-length albums including his membership, Devil's Night (2001) and D12 World (2004), Proof recorded a solo album, Searching for Jerry Garcia (2005), and a collaborative album with Dogmatic, Promatic (2002). He also released numerous mixtapes and even founded his own record label, Iron Fist Records, which was well showcased by Hand 2 Hand: Official Mixtape Instruction Manual (2006). Proof died April 11, 2006, the victim of gunfire at the after-hours club CCC on Eight Mile Road in Detroit. The unfortunate occurrence struck the surrounding Detroit rap community especially hard, as it was still reeling from the likewise tragic loss of super-producer Jay Dee, aka J Dilla, who had died just two months earlier. Furthermore, much was made of Proof's role a year earlier in Eminem's "Like Toy Soldiers" video, which had featured a narrative based upon the hypothetical shooting of Proof, funeral and all. The actual shooting of Proof gave the video a new, chilling resonance, as if it were an omen. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  2.   Sammy da Bull
  3.   M.A.D. by Rude Jude
  4.   Forgive Me
  5.   Nearer to You by Abel Chungu Musuka
  6.   Kurt Kobain
  7.   High Rollers
  8.   I'm Goin Back
  9.   Nji Nji Nji
  10.   72nd & Central
  11.   Rondell Beene
  12.   Knice
  13.   New Orleans
  14.   Mr. Bossman
  15.   Winner
  16.   Mumani Ona
  17.   You Are There
  18.   Make Me Wonder by Sobre
  19.   Black Wrist Bro's
  20.   No. T. Lose
  21.   Ali
  22.   Gurls Wit Da Boom
  23.   Nat Morris
  24.   Clap Wit Me
  25.   Bang Bang
  26.   Thank You Lord by Jr.
  27.   Mutima
  28.   I Say
  29.   Repair
  30.   Temple by Church
  31.   Jump Biatch
  32.   Slum Elementz
  33.   When God Calls...
  34.   Biboa's Theme
  35.   Pimplikeness
  36.   Gone
  37.   Wedding Day
  38.   Sanka Yesu
  39.   Purple Gang
  40.   Follow Follow by Mag 44
  41.   [DVD]
  42.   Jump B***ch
  43.   Wake Up
  44.   He Is (Scope Feat. B.R.I.C.K. & Mercy) . . . Track by Mercy
  45.   Revelation (Revelation Feat. B.R.I.C.K.)
  46.   All My Christians
  47.   Rock Steady (B.R.I.C.K.)
  48.   P.R.O.O.F.
  49.   Since Christ Cypha
  50.   Found by Light (Scope Feat. Revelation) . . . Track by Mercy
  51.   Focus
  52.   Higher
  53.   Since Christ Cypha Remix
  54.   Broken
  55.   Derty Harry
  56.   Derty Promo
  57.   One, Two
  58.   Places I've Been
  59.   X-Fam
  60.   Aasa<BR>
  61.   Slum Elements featuring M.U.D.D.
  62.   Slum Elements featuring M.U.D.D.
  63.   Gurls With da Boom
  64.   Mom & Dad by Rude Jude
  65.   Intro
  66.   E and 1 Equel None
  67.   Yzark
  68.   People Hi for Change
  69.   Neil Armstrong
  70.   Shake Dat Donkey
  71.   Runnin' Yo! Mouth
  72.   Dolo Speaks 2: How a True Freak Suppose to Get Fucked and Bust Up ...
  73.   Know Ya! Name
  74.   Play with Myself
  75.   You Know How 2
  76.   It Ain't About Tha
  77.   Cross Tha' Line
  78.   Bring It 2 Me
  79.   Ja in a Bra'
  80.   Nowhere Fast
  81.   Love Letters

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