Proof (rapper)

American rapper (1973–2006)

DeShaun Dupree Holton (October 2, 1973 – April 11, 2006), better known as Proof, was an American rapper. He was a member of the Detroit groups 5 Elementz, Funky Cowboys, Promatic, Goon Sqwad, and D12. He was also a close childhood friend of rapper Eminem.

Proof performing in 2005
Proof performing in 2005
Background information
Birth nameDeShaun Dupree Holton
Also known asDerty Harry
Born(1973-10-02)October 2, 1973
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 2006(2006-04-11) (aged 32)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • hype man
Years active1992–2006
Formerly of
  • D12
  • 5 Elementz
  • Funky Cowboys
  • Promatic
  • Goon Sqwad

Proof's first studio album, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop, was released in 2004. His second album, Searching for Jerry Garcia, was released a year later in 2005. It rose to number 65 on the Billboard 200.[1]

On April 11, 2006, Holton was killed when three bullets hit his chest and head in Detroit while playing billiards. His alleged shooter is Mario Etheridge.[2]

References change

  1. "Proof Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 21, 2021. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  2. "Proof Shooter Spared Further Jail Time". Billboard. October 27, 2006.