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Detroit, United States (1991 – present)

D12 (aka The Dirty Dozen and D-Twizzy) was initially formed in 1991 by Proof who invited local Detroit rappers such as Bizarre, Eminem and other members who would leave the crew before it achieved success including Eye Kyu, Killa Hawk and Fuzz. The group was a loose collective in the vein of Wu-Tang Clan. Several members began making names for themselves in hip hop during the late 1990s. Bizarre was named Inner City Entertainment’s “Flava of the Week”. He would also release an album entitled Attack Of The Weirdos and become a member of Tha Outsidaz with Eminem and Rah Digga. Proof won a freestyling competition run by The Source in 1998.

However, it was as a solo artist that D12 member Eminem found success. All of the members of D12 have aliases and Eminem chose Slim Shady as his. Eminem Was Formerly In A Group Called Soul Intent Along With Proof before leaving and forming with d12. They recorded an album called Infinite followed by an independent EP called The Slim Shady EP in 1997 that caught the attention of famed rap producer Dr. Dre and Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine, and soon signed to Aftermath/Interscope, releasing his breakthrough album The Slim Shady LP in 1999 which went on to be certified 4x platinum in the U.S.

Eminem’s success persuaded Proof to establish D12 on a more permanent basis in early 1999. Bizarre, Eminem, Kon Artis, Bugz, and Swifty McVay were recruited to join the group. Kuniva and Kon Artis were previously part of Da Brigade. However, Bugz passed away in Detroit on May 21, 1999 because of a gun incident at a picnic that turned into a shooting death, leading to Kuniva proposing to take Bugz’s place.

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  • ElectrocutedHik

    so this band is basically eminem with a buncha attentionwhores

    25 Mar 2:46am Reply
  • Demonio_Martin

    Time to retire the name and start up another group from scratch. Thanks for the memories, guys!

    19 Feb 3:22pm Reply
  • Atreidezz

    horrible overrated music

    7 Jan 6:36pm Reply
  • zinukovko

    OH, GOD, PLEASE, I WANT THEM BACK! [4]

    5 Jan 9:21am Reply
  • AlexChart74

    http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Eminem/+images/92663833 Promotional photos for the new album

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JakIsDead

    I wish Last.fm would let someone update the fucking bio. For those who don't know, both Bizarre and Kon Artis have also left the group now. Fuzz Scoota has returned to the group, so it now consists of him, Eminem, Swift and Kuniva. Apparently a third album is unlikely though.

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Jonnyplops

    I know what you mean, I was surprised to find out they thanked me as well.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    Recently got D12 World and was flipping through the book, and at the back they all thank God etc...just isn't expected

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sourzeboy

    I miss D12 man, they were real HipHop!

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ihavenothingok

    i agree with jasonshakya, d12 is mad underrated especially swifty and proof

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • alefspfc

    you can't get d12 back cuz proof is dead

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • salnikoff

    OH, GOD, PLEASE, I WANT THEM BACK! [3]

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    lol I played the hell out of these guys back in middle school

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Hidehead

    OH, GOD, PLEASE, I WANT THEM BACK! [2]

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • S_Charlie

    OH, GOD, PLEASE, I WANT THEM BACK!

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • EdWunclerThaDon

    I'M WAITIN' FOR THE REVELATION!

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • JasonShakya

    I feel like D12 is underrated to be honest for some reason.....Not just that I just feel like the whole aftermath shady record artists are underrated when they're lyrically the best out there but I guess that doesn't sell no more

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ManDirky

    I can't believe that "D12 World" has more listeners than "Devil's Night".

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • RSanits367

    d-12, em 2.0. slaughter house, aftermath, interscope, shady recs, proof; anyone i missed; your crew rocks, listen to your shit to get chill and as an anti psychotic , funny shit...ok word to you Gs and KEEP WORDING AND MAKING BEATS FOREVER!!!!

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • FATDUBSACK

    ...dumber than vanilla ice tryna rap again!

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
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