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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.   Knice
  5.   Temple by Church
  6.   Forgive Me
  7.   Kurt Kobain
  8.   Repair
  9.   Clap Wit Me
  10.   Biboa's Theme
  11.   Purple Gang
  12.   72nd & Central
  13.   Follow Follow by Mag 44
  14.   When God Calls...
  15.   Thank You Lord by Jr.
  16.   Winner
  17.   Nearer to You by Abel Chungu Musuka
  18.   Mutima
  19.   Wedding Day
  20.   I Say
  21.   Nji Nji Nji
  22.   Mumani Ona
  23.   Sanka Yesu
  24.   Make Me Wonder by Sobre
  25.   Jump Biatch
  26.   Slum Elementz
  27.   Black Wrist Bro's
  28.   No. T. Lose
  29.   Ali
  30.   Pimplikeness
  31.   Rondell Beene
  32.   High Rollers
  33.   Gurls Wit Da Boom
  34.   Nat Morris
  35.   You Are There
  36.   [DVD]
  37.   Jump B***ch
  38.   Wake Up
  39.   He Is (Scope Feat. B.R.I.C.K. & Mercy) . . . Track by Mercy
  40.   Revelation (Revelation Feat. B.R.I.C.K.)
  41.   All My Christians
  42.   Rock Steady (B.R.I.C.K.)
  43.   P.R.O.O.F.
  44.   Since Christ Cypha
  45.   Found by Light (Scope Feat. Revelation) . . . Track by Mercy
  46.   Focus
  47.   Higher
  48.   Since Christ Cypha Remix
  49.   Broken
  50.   Derty Harry
  51.   Derty Promo
  52.   One, Two
  53.   Places I've Been
  54.   X-Fam
  55.   Aasa<BR>
  56.   Slum Elements featuring M.U.D.D.
  57.   Slum Elements featuring M.U.D.D.
  58.   Gurls With da Boom
  59.   Mom & Dad by Rude Jude
  60.   Intro
  61.   E and 1 Equel None
  62.   Yzark
  63.   People Hi for Change
  64.   Neil Armstrong
  65.   Shake Dat Donkey
  66.   Runnin' Yo! Mouth
  67.   Dolo Speaks 2: How a True Freak Suppose to Get Fucked and Bust Up ...
  68.   Know Ya! Name
  69.   Play with Myself
  70.   You Know How 2
  71.   It Ain't About Tha
  72.   Cross Tha' Line
  73.   Bring It 2 Me
  74.   Ja in a Bra'
  75.   Nowhere Fast
  76.   Love Letters

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