Was Eminem In A Band?

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Was Eminem In A Band? Yes, Eminem has been in D12, Outsidaz, Soul Intent, New Jacks, and Bad Meets Evil. Of course, he's known better as a solo artist.

Professionally known as Eminem, Marshall Bruce Mathers III is regarded as the most influential figure, having sold over 220 million records, making him one of the best-selling rappers of all time.

The 90s white rapper is widely noted as breaking the racial barriers with his global success and acclaimed works. In the course of his career, he has accumulated many accolades including 15 Grammy Awards, and has also fallen under the list of rappers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Apart from his solo career, he has also been recognized for his work as a group member in D12, Outsudaz, Soul Intent, New Jacks, and currently Bad Meets Evil.

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Was Eminem in D12?

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Yes, Eminem was in D12, a hip-hop group based in Detroit, Michigan. The band achieved mainstream success after Eminem rose to global fame.

D12, also known as The Dirty Dozen and D-Twizzy, was established by Proof in 1996. The lineup of the band members with their real names includes:

  • Eminem - Marshall Bruce Mathers III
  • Proof - DeShaun Dupree Holton
  • Bizarre - Rufus Johnson
  • Mr. Porter - Denaun Porter
  • Kuniva - Von Carlisle
  • Swifty McVay - Ondre Moore
  • Bugz - Karnail Pitts
  • Fuzz Scoota - Carlos Rabb

Eminem joined the group in 1999 following the death of one of the band members, Bugz. He volunteered to replace him which later led him to be a member of the band.

All the rappers of D12 have anonyms and he selected his as Slim Shady. Altogether they have released two chart-topping albums "Devil's Night (2001)" and "D12 World (2004)" and have recorded their timeless hits including "My Band".

In 2000, the members signed Eminem's Shady Records and Interscope labels where they launched their successful albums.

Tragically, after the death of his best friend, Proof due to a shot at a nightclub, Eminem left the band in 2006.

D12 Members

D12 Members are 1. Eminem 2. Proof 3. Bizarre 4. Mr. Porter and others. There are altogether eight members in the group.

Initially started by Proof, the group was formed with local Detroit rappers such as Bizarre, Mr. Porter, Kuniva, and Bugz. Throughout their career, they have recorded both double platinum-certified albums.

1. Proof

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Formally known as DeShaun Dupree Holton, Proof was a rapper and dearest friend of Eminem. He created D12 with other local Detroit hip-hop artists.

Holton has also performed as a member of several other bands including 5 Elementz, Funky Cowboys, Promatic, and Goon Sqwad. In most of Eminem's concerts, he is found as a hype man.

At the age of thirty-two, Proof died in 2006 due to a shot, after a dispute with Marios Etheridge at CCC Club in Detroit.

2. Bizarre

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Born Rufus Johnson, popularly known by the moniker Bizarre, is a rapper noted for his horrorcore and comedy rap styles. After 2006, he rejoined the band in 2008.

Besides as a member of D12, he has also worked as a solo artist and released eight studio albums, seven collaborative albums, and eleven mixtapes.

3. Mr. Porter

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Professionally noted as Mr. Porter, Denaun Porter is a rapper as well as a record producer, who was a member of D12 until its disbandment.

Also known as Kon Artis, he has a close association with Eminem and has co-produced his debut album "Infinite". Since the death of Proof, Porter appears as one of his hype man at the time of his concert.

4. Kuniva

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Kuniva is the stage name of Von Carlisle, a rapper who joined the group in 1996. He stayed in the band until it went on hiatus.

Known for his versatile music flow, he has also pursued his solo works and collaborations outside the group. His songs mostly highlight topics such as street life, and personal struggle.

He has made appearances on albums of rappers such as Bizarre and Proof and also in the 2002 album of Eminem "The Eminem Show".

5. Swifty McVay

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Ondre Moore, professionally recognized by Swift McVay was a member of the D12 from 1999 to 2018. He gained fame through his association with Eminem.

He was also in another Detroit rap group called 'Da Rabeez' from 1995 to 1997, which later disbanded, and then worked shortly after Swift appeared on all D12 albums. 

As a solo artist, he has released six albums and three mixtapes and also has been featured in three movies.

6. Bugz

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Karnail Pitts also noted as Bugz is one of the original members of the band D12, popular for his energetic rap style and lyrics.

He has contributed to the group in early recordings and remained an integral part of the group establishment. His unfortunate passing in 1999 caused by his involvement in a fatal shooting, had a significant effect on the group.

As a founding member of D12, the group paid tribute to him in their songs as well.

7. Fuzz Scoota

Popularly known as Fuzz Scoota, Carlos Rabb is the hip-hop artist associated with D12. He left the band before they gained mainstream success.

He rejoined the team in 2011 and again departed in 2014 due to a dispute between group members. As an individual work, he has released seven studio albums and has made many guest appearances including Eminem, B-Flat, Big Boy, and so on.

What Happened To D12?

D12 officially disbanded in 2018 as they experienced various changes and challenges over the years. With the commercial success, the group also faced setbacks.

The band's fame was significantly influenced by its connection with Eminem as a member. The group rose to prominence in the early 2000s with their debut album "Devil's Night", which featured them as a creative and talented hip-hop artist in the industry.

However, a tragic incident occurred when Bugz was fatally shot in 1999, before the team's major success, had a huge impact on the band's dynamics.

Although, they continued their commercial success with their second studio album "D2 World", the group faced more challenges and difficulties including its lineup changes when Eminem left the band in order to focus on his solo career.

Also in 2006, another tragic incident occurred when Proof died, whose death led to increased uncertainty about their future. Over the years, they occasionally reunited for projects and gigs and later broke up in the year of 2018.

D12 Net Worth

D12's Net Worth is estimated in the range of $134K to $179K. The net worth of each member as a solo artist is listed below:

NameNet Worth
Eminem$250 million
Bizarre$3 million
Kuniva$3 million
Swifty McVay$1 million - $5 million
Mr.Porter$ 73 million

Eminem has established himself as the world's richest rapper whose net worth is reported to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He is counted on the list of rappers who are billionaires.

On the other hand, other members of D12 have also continued as solo artists and earned income from their solo projects but have not received the same level of success as Eminem.

Eminem New Group

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Eminem New Group formed after the end of D12 are Outsidaz, Soul Intent, and New Jacks. Currently, he is one half of duo Bad Meets Evil along with Royce da 5'9.

The name of the group denotes the fusion of Eminem's "Bad" persona and Royce da 5'9"'s "Evil" persona.

Emerged in 1998, their non-album song "Nuttin' to Do" and "Sacary Movies" achieved commercial success and was widely acclaimed. However, due to their personal and creative differences, the duo went on a brief hiatus.

They both reunited in 2010 with the release of their extended play "Hell: The Sequel (2011)" which was atop the US Billboard 200 chart. Their second single featuring Bruno Mars was a major hit.

In essence, the duo consists of two highly respected hip-hop artists whose collaborations have made a mark in the hip-hop music scene. Their artistic synergy serves as an indication of their mastery of rap.

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