American hip hop group

D12 (also known as The Dirty Dozen) was an American hip hop collective. They were formed in 1996 by Eminem, Proof, Bizarre, D Ratt, B-Flat, Mr. Porter, and Eye Kyu in Detroit, Michigan.

D12 at the Anger Management tour in 2005
D12 at the Anger Management tour in 2005
Background information
Also known as
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • D-Twizzy
  • D-Twizzle
  • Detroit-Twelve
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Years active
  • 1996–2006
  • 2008–2018
Past member(s)

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 best known singles were "Fight Music", "Purple Pills", "My Band", "Shit on You", and "How Come". Since 2006 after the death of Proof, the group has remained almost inactive because of Eminem's drug problems. It 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. However, as Bizarre, Kuniva and Swifty had been recording and touring under the name D12 as a trio for several years prior to Eminem's announcement and have continued to do so since, this announcement is more accurately read as Eminem's official retirement from the group after a decade of token involvement.

Members change

  • 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) (deceased)
  • Fuzz Scoota (2010–2013)
  • Eye Kyu (1995–1996)
  • Bflat (1995–1996)
  • DirtyRatt (1995–1996)

References change

  1. Reeves, Mosi (July 8, 2004). "World Famous". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Archived from the original on December 23, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  2. 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).