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D12 (also known as The Dirty Dozen, D-Twizzy, D-Twizzle, Detroit-Twelve) was an American hip hop group. They were formed in 1995 by Eminem, Proof, Bizarre, D Ratt, B-Flat, Mr. Porter, and Eye Kyu in Detroit, Michigan.
The band gained significant notoriety thanks to Eminem's international success. Taking advantage of this success, they have managed to rank their albums at the top of sales in many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Their two studio albums, Devil's Night and D12 World, released in 2001 and 2004 respectively, features singles like "Fight Music", "Purple Pills", "My Band", "Shit on You", and "How Come". Since 2006 and the death of Proof, the group has remained almost inactive because of Eminem's drug problems.which led to its withdrawal from the music scene for more than three years and the departure of Mr. Porter and Bizarre in 2012. However, the group reformed several times in 2014, only for Eminem to announce their breakup on "Stepping Stone" from Kamikaze.
Members[change | change source]
- Eminem (1995–1996 ,1996-1997,1999-2017)
- Kuniva (1996–1997 ,1998-2017 )
- Bizarre (1995–1996,1996-1997 ,1998-2017)
- Swifty McVay (1999–2017)
- Mr. Porter (1995– 1996 ,1996-1997,1998-2012, 2014–2017)
- Bugz (1996–1997 , 1998-1999) (deceased)
- Proof (1995–1996,1996-1997,1998- 2006; his death)
- Fuzz Scoota (2010–2013)
- Eye Kyu (1995–1996)
- Bflat (1995–1996)
- DirtyRatt (1995–1996)
References[change | change source]
- Reeves, Mosi (July 8, 2004). "World Famous". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Archived from the original on December 23, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- Cohen, Sara (2007). Decline, Renewal and the City in Popular Music Culture: Beyond The Beatles. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-7546-3243-6.
The music journalist and author Dan Sicko describes certain strains of Detroit hip-hop as 'an extreme, almost parodied' version of inner city life, which he links to the extremities of urban decline in the city: 'both the horrorcore of hip-hop outfits such as Insane Clown Posse, Esham and (to a lesser extent) the multi-platinum-selling Eminem, utilize shocking (and blatantly over the top) narratives to give an over-exaggerated, almost cartoon-like version of urban deprivation in Detroit' (cited in Cohen and Strachan, 2005).