D12 (also known as "the Dirty Dozen" or "D-Twizzy") is a Detroit-based hip hop group started by the late rapper Proof. The group now consists of Eminem, Bizarre, Kuniva, Swift, & (maybe) Mr. Porter. In 1996, when the group formed, it consisted of Eye-Kyu, Eminem, Bizarre, Proof, Fuzz Scoota, Mr. Porter,Dirty Ratt,& B-Flat, Since so many members either died, left, or got kicked out, they have had a difficult history but are trying to make their 3rd studio album. Fuzz Scoota has rejoined the group as of 2011 for their "Return of the Dozen Vol. 2" but left sometime later due to a dispute with Eminem. The group has released a song named "Bane" which was on Shady Records' compilation album "Shady XV". "Bane" did see the return of Mr. Porter to the Dirty Dozen.
History[edit | edit source]
The group formed in 1995. In 1997 they released their debut Album, The Underground EP. In 1996, the members decided that as part of their performance they'd create alter egos with different personalities to make references to in their music. Eminem is known as "Slim Shady" , Eye Kyu became '' Quick Drawl Magrual '', Proof became "Derty Harry", Bugz became "Robert Beck", Mr Porter became Kon Artist", Kuniva became "Rondell Beene", Bizarre became "Peter S. Bizarre" and Swift became "Swifty McVay".
Appearences[edit | edit source]
D12 has featured in Bizarre's solo career, Eminem's, and several other rappers. In Eminem's third album, The Marshall Mathers LP there was a track called "Under the Influence" featuring D12 members Proof, Swift, Bizarre, Kon Artis and Kuniva. On Eminem's fourth album, The Eminem Show there was a track called "When The Music Stops" featuring D12 members Proof, Bizarre, Kuniva, Swift, and Kon Artis. D12 has also appeared in several Obie Trice songs such as "Outro", one of their most popular appearances. They also appeared (except for Kon Artis) on Proof's final studio album Searching For Jerry Garcia on track 11 called "Pimplikeness." The group was also on a few soundtracks for movies that include; The Longest Yard, Shark Tales, & 8 Mile. Also D12 members Swift , Bizarre Kid , Kuniva , Mr Porter , Along with o.g. D12 member Eye Kyu had all appear on Da Rukus 3rd Album Back In 2000.
D12 was most recently featured on "Shady XV", on track 8 titled, "Bane". The track featured Kuniva, Swifty McVay, Bizarre, and the return of Mr. Porter. Eminem and Fuzz Scoota however, were not on the track.
Solo careers[edit | edit source]
Eminem has the most notable solo career. He has released 10 albums and several chart-making singles. Eminem works with Royce da 5'9" and other D12 members in their solo careers, he briefly left D12 for his solo career, but upon signing them to Shady Records they wanted him to rejoin.
Bugz had a solo career before he was killed. He made an EP called These Streets EP released in 1999 and an album called Mr. Obnoxious That was released at the same time. He was the lead singer/MC of the group before Eminem was. (Deceased)
[Joined: 1996-1999, died 1999]
Proof' was eminems hype man and best friend and he is responcible for forming the legendary group Dirty Dozen , Before he formed Dirty Dozen he was in a group with eminem called Soul Intent and later Proof and Eminem collaberated with Proof's Childhood friend Eye Kyu's group The Infinent Crew. In 1995 Proof Discoverd a unknown rapper who we would be later know as Royce da 5'9. In 2006 Proof passed away in a shooting in a club Before s death, he released 2 albums and several mixtapes with other collaborations. Proof was also a member of other rap groups such as Promatic, 5 Elemtentz, and Soul Intent. (Deceased)
[Started the group in 1995-2006, died 2006]
Bizarre has released 3 albums, 1 EP, and 3 mixtapes. He has an upcoming album called Hannicap Circus Remade. [Joined: 1995 - 2018]
Kuniva released a mixtape in 2010 called Kuniva Presents Retribution: The Mixtape. He joined the Dirty Dozen because he was in a duo with Kon Artis called "Da Brigade", and since Retribution he has released the "Midwest Marauders" 3 volume mixtape series.
Mr Porter released a mixtape in 2003 called Po' Folks Mixtape. In 2015 he dropped an EP titled "Stuff In My Backpack". He brought Kuniva into the group as they were in the duo "Da Brigade" together. After his departure from the Dirty Dozen he said "Kon Artis has died" possibly symbolically as Mr. Porter is still a working rapper but his alter ego for D12 is gone.
Swift released a mixtape called Underestimated Vol. 1 in 2008. His second volume was released in 2009. Before, he released a mixtape in 2006 called Forest Fyres. He was requested into the group by Bugz, right before the death/murder of him
[Joined: 1996-2006, 2008-2018]
Fuzz Scoota, made a few mixtapes & EPs including "'97 Crop Pick" and "Jellybeans".
[Joined: 1996- 2015]
Eye-Kyu's realesed his ep Eye Beez Da Kyu in 1995. He has moved away from Detroit and now is unknown to the public as to where he is, he may always be known as the most mysterious group member, along with Fuzz Scoota.The Last song Eye Kyu ever recorded was Da Ruckus song off their Bootlegs & Bsides The Lost Episode Album Back In 99 . The Song Eye Kyu recorded with Da Rukus was called"Eye Confess" . Eye Kyu was recruted to the group by childhood friend Proof. Back in May of 1997 He Left the group to open his own open mic called Da Phat House were he use to host at. Eye Kyu is actually responsible for introducing Eminem to Mr.Porter . He's Also childhood friends with Mr Porter.
DJ Head was the first DJ & Producer for D12, and even though he left the group still continues to work with them on music including the Dozen's first album "Devil's Night"
Dirty Ratt (deceased)
Discography[edit | edit source]
Albums:[edit | edit source]
- Devil's Night (2001)
- D12 World (2004)
- Untitled Album (TBA)
Extended Plays:[edit | edit source]
- The Underground EP (1996)
Collaboration Albums:[edit | edit source]
- Various Artist - Eminem Presents: The RE-Up (2006)
- Various Artist - Shady XV (2014)
Demo Tapes:[edit | edit source]
- Detroit, What! (2000)
- Devil's Night Sampler (2001)
Mixtapes:[edit | edit source]
- Limited Edition Mixtape: Please Bootleg This Album (2003)
- Lost In London (2006)
- Return Of The Dozen (2008)
- Return Of The Dozen Vol. 2 (2011)
- Shady Classics (2014)
- The Devil's Night Mixtape (2015)