4.11.2006

D12 Rapper Proof Shot & Killed in Detroit

What is going on in Hip Hop? Someone please make it stop! This is so sad. SOHH.com is reporting that the unconfirmed word is that Bizarre of D12 was also shot. Bizarre is yet to be accounted for by his colleagues.
According to the Detroit Free Press: Rapper Proof of the rap group D12, one of the key figures on the Detroit hip-hop scene, was shot and killed this morning at an after-hours club on Eight Mile, police said.Proof, whose real name is Deshaun Holton, was dead on arrival at Conner Creek Medical Center in Detroit, according to a spokeswoman for St. John Health System. He was 32.

Proof was among the most pivotal players in Detroit hip-hop, and revered as one of the battle rappers in the city -- the man who would handle anyone who dared to challenge him in a war of words. He befriended Eminem long before he was a houshold name, and was a nearly constant presence as the rapper rose to superstardom -- including as the best man at his January wedding.Proof was friends with many of the top hip-hop DJs, radio personalities, rappers and producers in Detroit.

The shooting occurred at a club called C.C.C. near 8 Mile near Hayes. The venue isn't illegal but it was operating illegally after hours, police said. It was his idea to assemble a collection of Detroit's best hip-hop talent and call it D12; it was his hand that helped push Eminem to become one of the world's biggest pop stars, including serving as his on-stage hype man on concert tours.After the release of "8 Mile," when battle rap was gaining newfound commerical exposure, Proof was hired to host a national search for the next best battle rapper by Showtime Networks.

This is the second shooting involving Eminem's entourage in three months. Obie Trice was shot and wounded New Year's Eve while driving along the Lodge Freeway.Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Detroit Police at 313-596-2260.



Find the complete story at the Detroit Free Press.

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