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Big Proof: DeShaun Holton

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Detroit rapper, Proof was born on October 2, 1973 as DeShaun Dupree Holton. He was a group member of D12, 5 Elementz, Promatic, and Goon Sqwad. In an interview with David Friedman, he stated “…you really don’t know anything about Proof. You really don’t know…‘What kind of individual is he?’… Not that I’m about to become a politician, but just a different side of me.” He considered Eminem his best friend and after Proof’s untimely death, Eminem tattooed his arm to memorialize him. He grew up with members of D12 and participated in some illegal activities and sports in his spare time. Rapping underground was everything to him.

Proof was born to a hustler mother and a crack head father as he explains it “…me and my mother, we don’t see eye to eye a lot. My mother was a hustler. She still runs an after-hours in Detroit… My mom is a hustler for life. And I felt like… we developed a relationship together...” And his father’s story, “My dad’s a crack head. My father had a group called The Politicians and he produced The Jones Girls… Marvin Gaye… Tower of Power… Rare Earth or Ohio Players. He did a lot of work back in the day...”

They may have been his parents, but D12 was his family. He grew up with the D12 guys partaking in some illegal activities and recreational sports, but rapping was his life because 'I want people to say that I was a true artist and I did it best and stayed true to Hip Hop roots'

Little is said about his wife, Sharonda his two sons, DeShaun Rice, Elija Abel and his one daughter Katieva Walker. In addition, he had a cameo in The Longest Yard appearing as "Basketball Convicts" in the credits.

Proof was killed at the age of 32 during a dispute outside a Detroit nightclub in April 2006. Eminem expressed “I have never felt so much pain in my life. It was tough for me to even get out of bed, and I had days when I couldn’t walk, let alone write a rhyme.”

'I'd want people to understand I did it for the love not for the charts.' - DeShaun Holton

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