D-12 Did U
Eminem aKa SliM ShAdY
Real Name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Birthday: October 17
Other nickname: The Red Headed
Rapist (HaHa) Real Name: Rufus Johnson
Birthday: July 5
Swift aKa SwIfTy McVaY
Real Name: Ondre Moore
Proof aKa Dirty hairy
Real Name: Deshaun Holton
Birthday: October 2
Kuniva aKa Rondeil bene
nickname: Hannz G
Real Name: Von Carlisle
Birthday: December 10
Mr. Denaun Porter aKa Kon artis
Real Name: Denaun Porter
Birthday: December 7
DID YOU KNOW?
wanted to be called the Dirty Dozen, but the name was already taken by a jazz group. They ended up choosing D-12 which is
short for Dirty Dozen or the Detroit 12. The reason why the group wanted to be named the Dirty Dozen was because they all
wanted to do a Western song and be outlaws in it.
~All members had to have alter egos, but EM had the most trouble
picking a name. He says that the name (Slim Shady) finally came to him one day while he was taking a shit and that once he
thought of it he started thinking of 100 other words that rhymed with it.
~While D-12 was touring in Australia (2001),
they spent some of their free time fishing and bowling.
~The rest of D-12 say that EM can’t dribble a basketball
without traveling, but still don’t see him as white and even call him “nigga”.
would have been released sooner, but EM lost his Britney notebook that contained a grip of lyrics on a Delta Air Lines Flight
from Cincinnati to New Orleans. Even though a big ass reward was offered (either $$ or a chance to meet EM in person), it
never turned up.
~Devil’s Night was named after the Detroit holiday (which takes place the night before Halloween)
where everybody basically trashes everything in sight. The tradition began in the mid 80’s and last year, Devil’s
Night was the cause of 151 fires that were set in the city.
~All of the members have kids except for Kuniva.
D-12 was formed, EM was a battle rhymer, Proof was a freestyler and hosted open-mike battles every Saturday, Bizarre was a
solo artist, Kuniva and Kon Artis were part of Da Brigade, and Swift was part of the Rabeez. DJ Head, EM’s former CO-producer
and DJ, was also the turntablist at the Hip Hop Shop.
~Proof came up with the idea to form the group because he wanted
to bring all of Detroit’s illest MCs together.
~D-12 used to perform at Maurice Malone’s Hip Hop Shop
on 7 Mile Road, St. Andrew’s Hall, and Alvin’s.
~When the group didn’t get any record deals after
years of touring, they all decided to go solo and the 1st one to become famous would come back for the rest of D-12. Everyone
in the group thought that Proof would be the first member discovered. When Dre discovered EM out of nowhere and signed him
to Aftermath, everyone was surprised.
~Even though EM was the member to get D-12 signed, he’s not the leader
because the group says that it doesn’t have one.
~Kon Artis used to steal cars and wanted to be in the NBA, but
after getting shot in the leg, he decided to stick to rapping.
~Kuniva battled EM to boost his early career.
took the place of the late member Bugz. He passed away May 21, 1999 because of a llittle fight with a guy but he couldn't
handle it like a man so he shot him 3 times in the head and ran over him with a car. So em asked the rest of the group
if it was ok if he joined.
~Bizarre had a solo effort called
Attack of the Weirdos EP in 1998.
~EM and Proof met during their high school years. EM was at Lincoln High passing
out flyers to a talent show he was doing. He gave 1 to Proof and they ended up rapping together. Proof and him both ended
up rhyming “first place” with “birthday”. Proof then introduced EM to Kon Artis and the rest is history…
I just want to say rest in peace Kornail pitts.
I'm With the Band
Is D12 a Detroit rap crew or a traveling frat party? On the road with the Motor City madmen that Eminem calls "My Band"
Eminem steps from his suite
in the posh Dorchester hotel in London wearing an oversize white parka with a huge fur-lined hood that seems to swallow him
when he flips it over his head. This makes him all but invisible. As he moves briskly through the hallway with his confident
strut, he's cocooned by four bodyguards, three record-company people and one manager. "We're walking," a bodyguard says to
his walkie-talkie. If you'd been in the hallway as they flowed from room to elevator, you wouldn't have been able to get within
six feet of him. But as he walks by, he looks up, and behind his thin glasses his blue eyes are rather sullen, as if he were
some sort of prisoner being escorted. They reach the elevator, and the group piles in. "We're in the elevator," the bodyguard
says to the walkie. And the door closes. Everyone in the cocoon knows that outside the Dorchester there are at least twenty
fans waiting for Eminem, mostly teenage and twentysomething girls. One who waits for him for hours has a silver backward e
pendant and wears Nike wristbands over her hands, just the way he does. Also nearby are four girls in a Peugeot, waiting to
chase, but they won't get far. Eminem's caravan consists of three silver Mercedes vans and one silver Mercedes sedan, which,
when needed, blocks traffic to keep away chasers or prevents the vans from getting separated, like a guard dog aiding a pack
Eminem is in town to promote
D12's new album, D12 World, the follow-up to 2001's Devil's Night and another collection of gruesome rhymes calculated to
offend and amuse. The night before, D12 played a concert at tiny Shepherds Bush Empire. Now the group is headed to Top of
the Pops -- basically the British TRL -- to perform D12 World's first single, the hilarious, catchy and highly ironic "My
Band," which pokes fun at the stratification in the group brought on by Eminem's fame. "My Band" is a parody, but as with
any good joke, there are truths within it. For example, at the concert, an unscientific poll of people in the VIP room found
most couldn't name any of the members of D12. A few recognized Bizarre, who stands out because of his twisted imagination,
and Proof, well known to be Eminem's best friend. But two people asked me if I was a member of D12.
Eminem and his cocoon reach
the studios where Top of the Pops is taped and find fifty kids camped out by the gate and another thirty or forty perched
just twenty yards from the entrance. Eminem flips down his invisibility-conferring hood and steps from his van into the studio,
where there's a dressing room waiting for him. Next door is the dressing room for D12. That's where there's a little party
going on. It's like a mini-frat house: Domino's boxes piled three feet high, a joint going around and a Chappelle's Show DVD
playing on someone's laptop while the five rappers all talk at once.
Kon Artis (government name: Denaun Porter), a former roommate of Eminem's who has become a respected producer, getting $25,000
a beat. He made "P.I.M.P." and "Stunt 101" with 50 Cent and has also worked with Sting, Snoop, Method Man and Busta Rhymes.
He's the techie of the group. Right now he's telling twenty-seven-year-old Kuniva (Von Carlisle, whose phone rings with the
Good Times theme song), "Nigga, you just learned that word download, and you about to download a ass-whippin'!" And there's
twenty-eight-year-old Proof (DeShaun Holton), who, right now, is comically condemning twenty-eight-year-old Swift (Ondre Moore)
like a ghetto judge because Proof is the founder of D12 and the glue that holds the group together, while Swift is the member
who packs CDs and DVDs for road trips but no players, because he plans on just borrowing from others. "That's his packing
strategy!" Proof says to howls, clowning Swift in front of everyone.
Kon Artis leaps in from his
conversation. "He'll ask you to borrow yo' shit while you listenin' to it!" Swift doesn't even try to defend himself; he just
laughs. Proof says, "Where's my lighter?" He really doesn't know. He says, "Swifty's pocket, I bet." Swift empties his pockets
to show he's got nothing. But Proof searches through the clothes tossed here and there and finds his lighter in the pocket
of the sweat pants Swift was wearing twenty minutes ago. Busted. "What'd I say?!" Proof says to big laughs. "Swifty's pocket!"
On the side, a makeup girl
sprays something in Kuniva's face, and he sort of screams. The road manager says, "You kinda sounded like a little girl there."
And parked in the corner is twenty-seven-year-old Bizarre (Rufus Johnson), the class clown supreme, his hair dyed red, sporting
an oversize blazer and jeans, making a mockery of the trendy style. On Bizarre's stomach there's an ornate tattoo of an ill
clown with a revolver in his hand, edges ripping as if he's bursting through Bizarre's stomach. To one of the band's minders
he says, "Watch my bag. I got weed, pills and fifty dollars' worth of Euros in there." If you redid CB4 for 2004, it might
look like D12.
thing doesn't bother them, at least not anymore. "It's better that D12 have they own dressing room and Em has his own dressing
room," Bizarre says. "When it first happened, we used to be like, 'Damn, why he get his own dressing room?' But I'd rather
have my own room and have who I wanna come in than be in Em room and be told who can come in." Besides, many nights Eminem
wants D12 in his room. "He'll come over to our dressing room sometimes like, 'Why don't y'all come over with me?' " Kon Artis
says. "Like a little kid: 'Come play with me.' "
Back when Eminem was in Detroit
flipping burgers and painting designs on people's jeans for thirty dollars a pop, these guys were his friends. When no one
else took him seriously, they helped teenage Marshall Mathers become the rhyme animal Slim Shady. "There's a million things
Em could be doin' besides doin' an album with D12," Kuniva says, "but we're the only real friends he has. We grew up together,
lived together, flipped burgers together. We used to just sit on the porch and drink and think about hip-hop, think about
makin' it. There's a bond there that nobody can break. And there's a whole thing with him feelin' like he owes it to us to
do it. He knows without D12 there wouldn't be a Slim Shady."
Back in the mid-Nineties,
when Proof was the king of hip-hop in Detroit and everyone thought he would be the first to get large, they all made a pact
that whoever made it first would pull the others up. "From '94 to '97, the possibilities of any of us getting a deal was good,"
Bizarre recalls. "We were, like, the best MCs in Detroit. It was like, 'Yo, whoever get on first and get a deal, come back
and get everybody else.' " Then Eminem took a trip to Los Angeles and landed a record contract. "He went to Cali and called
us three weeks later from a pay phone," Bizarre says. "He said, 'Yo, I just signed with Dr. Dre. I need y'all to come out
here.' " True to his word, Eminem immediately began trying to fit D12 into the scenario. "Marshall was tryin' to force us
on him," Bizarre said. " 'This is my boys! D12!' And Dre said, 'Wait a minute - it's about you.' Dre told him, 'Build your
house before you have your friends walk in it.' "
Success has only made Eminem
need his friends more. "They're my foundation," he says. "If I lose my foundation, then what do I have? Just to be by myself
on a big-ass mountain, a little lonely rich bastard? Not only are these guys my friends, I don't trust nobody new that I meet.
It's clear that Eminem finds
fame a difficult weight to shoulder. He speaks with almost glazed eyes about the good ol' days. "Proof would call me at one,
two o'clock in the morning with just syllables," he says, reminiscing, "like, 'Yo, an abominable region, an abdominal lesion.'
That's how we fed off each other back in the day. Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Kool G Rap, whoever did syllables, we just locked
on to them. That's what my loyalty dates back to, the days of living on fuckin' Dresden, on the East Side, in my kitchen wishin'
we could do something. From kids to now, we're living the dream."