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Proof

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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Rip homie ��
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Tough kids...all of D12...Kids that made good with their talents...ma y b e not the best choices....b u t did they have good role models from the beginning??? most of them did not have any grown ups around to teach them....so they did their own thing... Made their rap great, but I wish they were happy and safe from the beginning... . .
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Big proof forever.
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I fell bad for eminem because his best friend died to be honest with you I didn't know proof mad an album now I'll look it up so RIP proof
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You ppl don't seem to get that if there was not proof there would be no Eminem... and f**k u if u don't like it
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How the f is proof ur inspiration? Hes dead and made 1 album.... people say the dumbest s**t smh
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F**k proof
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To the dumbfuuck who killed this genius see you in hell
R.I.P PROOF
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loganmyson09
Flip. Proof knew slim shady and I like slim shady.������
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Rip proof. My f**kin idol. Hey was my f**king inspiration and got me to rap these f**king p**sies out of there life and get these hot a** motherf**ker p**sies
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R. I. P proof
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R.I.P. Proof a.k.a. my inspiration
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rip proof
lol yeah see you in hell motherfuucke r
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infinititomb o m b
RIP PROOF
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infinititomb o m b
Proof died too early, for the person that killed him, see u in hell
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michele_burk e _ 1 0 2
Open the door again
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munchie.bett s
Proof ily :'(
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:(
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big proof you will never be forgotten
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Big Proof, Rest In Peace. Who would have thought the mayor of Detroit hip-hop would leave us on that tragic day of April 11, 2006. Now Derty Harry is gone, but will never be forgotten. You revolutioniz e d hip-hop for ever. I know there was foul play with your death. There is a reason you wrote about your own death on your album "Searching For Jerry Garcia". you even said "next year" and surely you got murdered by Mario Etheridge. That punk will rot in the dirt. R.I.P. Maximum AKA Proof AKA DeShau
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R.I.P. Proof you shall be remembered FOREVER AND EVER.
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sadlesta open wide say ahhhh R.I.P. Proof
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ball in peace big proof
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Sadlesta nothing nice dont say crap
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I don't like rap so I don't like it
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Rest in peace proof 1972-2006 we will remember you for D12
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R I P PROOF
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you are reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary it actually works.
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Ja and his faggots did shoot proof to go after em Ja didn't go after em be causes ja is a p**sy
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a.elydrissi_ f a m i r
Curse the shooter who killed Proof
Rot in hell!!!!!!>: ( shooter!!!!! !
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clinton_2877 6
LETS GO PROOF I feel sorry for all of the fans of proof he was awesome and it was sad that he died
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he got shot by dumbass ja and his f*g of a crew
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clinton_2877 6
How did he die
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r.i.p proof
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Kurt Kobain by Proof was one of the best hip hop songs I've ever heard.
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Love you Dudey.
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RIP Proof 1972-2006 You'll be missed for ever
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R.I.P proof if you could see how your death has affected us ( especially Eminem)
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R.I.P proof you'll be remembered in Detroit forever. Miss you and your music
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Em and proof were my hetero idolized parents, taught me more than anyone i actually had. I love you Proof! Cried like a b**ch when you left.
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R.I.P proof this death changed a man for life (eminem)
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R.I.P Proof
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It changed Eminem for worst to better
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R.I.P Proof
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Didn't swear
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Fàg
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I would do something else but ya too bad about that that dude sounded like a cool dude but that f*g had to shoot him like a ������������
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If I had a time machine I would go back in time and change it
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fatboy42011
R.I.P PROOF D12 and shady will never be the same with out u. You will always live on in out memories
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I realized a while back how much music related pop culture I missed so far. Been catching up. This guy sounds like someone that really loved the music.
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