Grammy-winning rapper Eminem’s recent return to his blonde hair isn’t the only thing he’s gone back to as reports claim Slim Shady has quietly reunited with estranged rap group D12.
According to Detroit producer Mark Bass, who co-owns the legendary F.B.T. studio, Em has already laid down new tunes with the Dirty Dozen.
F.B.T. has hosted work by artists such as Eminem, D12, T.I. and the Dramatics, and now serves mostly as a personal musical playground for Mark Bass and his assorted projects, including an upcoming album of Motown cover songs by George Clinton. Bass, who has started a label called Motunes Media, says he’s also been mixing new material by the mercurial funk-pop giant Sly Stone with members of the original Family Stone band, along with new D12 tracks, including three with Eminem. (Detroit Free Press)
In 2012, D12’s Mr. Porter took to his Twitter page to break unexpected news of his departure from the group.
“I love every moment I have shared on this planet and with the people I shared it with I will always love the legacy I was apart off#D12,” he tweeted March 24th.
“So for my fans keep following and you will hear all the truth from me. No one on this earth speaks for Denaun. Period but God”
“I got nothing but love for my crew I am growing and excelling as u should as a artist i hope you all support that!” (Mr. Porter’s Twitter)
In February 2012, rapper Bizarre revealed he no longer was a part of the D12 collective.
“I’m not in D12 no more. We just had creative differences and decided to go our separate ways – well I decided to go my separate way. And nah, I’m not in Odd Future. I got my own crew called The Weirdo Movement,” he revealed in an interview. “It’s a personal decision on my part. I think I’ve just grown as an artist and it’s time for me to branch off on my brand.” (HHDX)
Back in 2009, Bizarre spoke on the status of his now-former rap group.
“Everybody’s in D12 and we’re doing good,” Bizarre told radio personality Jenny Boom Boom. “[A new album] is definitely going to happen. We’re working on it right now, Marshall Mathers is coming out first with Relapse…I’m on Eminem’s album…I’m recording a couple of songs. Big up to Dr. Dre.” (Jenny Boom Boom TV)
Eminem previously discussed his aim for a D12 reunion album.
“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)
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