D12‘s Bizarre has shared his thoughts on late rapper Proof‘s legacy in hip-hop as today marks the four-year anniversary of his passing.
From Bizarre’s perspective, Proof set hip-hop standards for emcees from their city.
“Proof is Detroit hip-hop,” he said in an interview. “He left behind some very big shoes to fill, so we’re constantly dealing with his lost, and taking it head on. He is still missed to this day. If he was alive it’d be funny to see him interact with these new guys in the game. His pranks were legendary. Anybody could get it at any time. Honestly, we pranked reporters more than anybody else. We’d do stupid stuff like answer the door and be naked. We got away with a lot overseas…D12’s future is dead set on keep pushing. Kuniva has a mixtape that’s coming out soon, my album is finished, and we’re all going to head back into the studio after this tour to work on a new album. Right now it’s really about keeping the [D12] name and Proof’s legacy going and just stay pushing.” (XXL Mag)
Last year, Eminem talked about the loss of Proof.
“Right now, my music would probably be the same [if Proof was still alive,” Em explained in an interview. “I think this is what Proof always wanted, was for me to go crazy again. My life would be different because I would still have him. Me and the guys, we got a bond, it’s special. It’s like, as far as the future of D12, we’re gonna be back in the studio soon.” (Rap City Special)
Biz recently said plans to drop a D12 album were still in tact.
“We’re still recording the third album, and we just finished asong on Relapse 2 for Marshall’s album,” Bizarre said via phone. Tentatively titled “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Bizarre says the collaboration shows that despite major losses such as the death of co-founding member Proof, nothing can keep the group down. “We’re still family, but everybody’s got their own situations going on,” he added. “No matter what y’all do, you can’t hold D12 down. We’ve been through a lot of sh*t, but we’re still gonna come back and recover.” (Hip Hop DX)
Proof passed away four years ago in Detroit.
D12 rapper and longtime friend of Eminem, Proof, was shot and killed this morning at a Detroit club called 3C, located on the city’s famed Eight Mile. Proof, born Deshaun Holton, was announced dead on arrival at Conner Creek Medical Center just after 5 a.m. He was thirty-two years old. Police were called to the scene in early this morning after reports of gunfire and fighting at the venue, which was operating illegally after-hours. Another unidentified, thirty-five-year-old man was also shot, and is listed in critical condition. An investigation into the incident is underway. (Rolling Stone)
Check out Proof’s “Forgive Me” below: