Proof

Proof

Biography

DeShaun Dupree Holton (October 2, 1973 – April 11, 2006), better known by his stage name Proof, was rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups Goon Squad, 5 Elementz, Promatic, and most notably, D12. He was a close childhood friend of rapper Eminem, who lived on the same block.

Originally known as Maximum, under the moniker "Proof", Holton first rose to national prominence as a part of the rap group D12, a hip-hop group he was instrumental in forming. Early individual accomplishments include being featured in The Source's "Unsigned Hype" column in 1999 and nearly winning the 1998 Blaze Battle. His first television appearance was in the video for Aaliyah's "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number".

In 2000, Proof toured with Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg in the Up In Smoke Tour, performing as a hype man for Eminem. He gained further exposure in 2001 with the release of "Devil's Night", D12's debut album on Interscope Records. The following year, Proof collaborated with Dogmatic on "Promatic" and joined Eminem's "Anger Management" tour in support of the release. He appeared in the film "8 Mile" along with Eminem and Xzibit, although the character based on him, Future, was portrayed by Mekhi Phifer. Proof appeared as Lil' Tic, a freestyle rapper who rap battles the lead character, B-Rabbit, played by Eminem. To capitalize on the publicity from the film, Proof released a six-song EP called "Electric Coolaid: Acid Testing". Proof also starred in a cameo role, alongside the rest of D12, in the film "The Longest Yard", appearing as "Basketball Convicts" during the credits.

On April 11, 2006, Proof was shot four times by Mario Etheridge, after an altercation broke out during a game of billiards at the CCC Club on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan. On April 19, 2006, Proof was buried in the Fellowship Chapel in Detroit to a full house of 2,660, including long time friend Eminem, Royce Da 5'9", D12 and thousands more mourning outside.

Discography

Proof - Electric Coolaid: Acid Testing

Proof - Electric Coolaid: Acid Testing

Iron Fist Records 2002
Promatic - Promatic

Promatic - Promatic

Koch Records 2002
Proof - I Miss The Hip Hop Shop

Proof Aka Derty Harry - I Miss The Hip Hop Shop

Iron Fist Records 2004
Proof - Searching For Jerry Garcia

Proof - Searching For Jerry Garcia

Iron Fist Records 2005
Proof - Grown Man Sh!t

Proof - Grown Man Sh!t

Iron Fist Records 2005

Guest Appearances

Wes Chill - Smooth But Deadly
  • Me And My Niggaz

Wes Chill - Smooth But Deadly

Nuff Style Records 1994
5-Elementz - Yester Years
  • Searchin'

5-Elementz - Yester Years

That Was Entertainment 1996
D12 - The Underground EP
  • 6 Reasons

D12 - The Underground EP

Bass Brothers 1997
5 Elementz - The Album Time Forgot
  • Searchin'

5 Elementz - The Album Time Forgot

That Was Entertainment 1998
5 Ela - 5-E Pt. 3
  • The Ela

5 Ela - 5-E Pt. 3

That Was Entertainment 1999
J.Hill - They Want Street Fame!
  • My Noogas

J.Hill - They Want Street Fame!

Lighthouse Records 2003
Paradime - 11 Steps Down
  • K.T.F.O

Paradime - 11 Steps Down

Beats At Will Records 2004
Menacide - The Drugz LP
  • Drugz

Menacide - The Drugz LP

Shofiya Entertainment, So Sick Entertainment, Rydas Records 2004
White Boy Ric - White Trash B-Boy
  • No Announcement

White Boy Ric - White Trash B-Boy

South Of Seven Records, Longrange Distribution 2004
Bugz - The One Man Mob Mixtape
  • Act A Fool

Bugz - The One Man Mob Mixtape

Crazy Noise Productions 2004
Trick-Trick - The People Vs.
  • No More To Say

Trick-Trick - The People Vs.

Motown 2005
Biz - Bizness As Usual
  • I'm Livin Good

Biz - Bizness As Usual

Sosay Entertainment 2005
Chino XL - Poison Pen
  • Our Time

Chino XL - Poison Pen

Activate Entertainment 2006
McNastee - Pieces Of A Broken Man
  • Drugz

McNastee - Pieces Of A Broken Man

Intrinz Ink 2006
Twiztid - Independents Day
  • How I Live

Twiztid - Independents Day

Psychopathic Records 2007
Menacide - Street Symphony
  • Drugz Finale

Menacide - Street Symphony

Murder Mitten Musick, Rydas Records 2007
Al-Nuke - Where Nuke At
  • I'ma Take It There

Al-Nuke - Where Nuke At

All World Enterprises 2007
Madd Kapp - Less Than Zero
  • Fork In The Road

Madd Kapp - Less Than Zero

Too Tuff Prod., Long Range Dist. 2007
Trick Trick - The Villain
  • 2getha 4 Eva!!!

Trick Trick - The Villain

Koch Records 2008
Dogmatic - The Face Off
  • Grand Theif Auto

Dogmatic - The Face Off

Doghead, Sicknotes Ent 2008
Salam Wreck - Trouble Soon
  • Pass The Pussy

Salam Wreck - Trouble Soon

Masari Music Entertainment 2008
Tito'6 - Rich Garland'6
  • I Feel Good

Tito'6 - Rich Garland'6

Sosay International 2008
Ras Kass - Institutionalized 2
  • Ups And Downs

Ras Kass - Institutionalized 2

BabyGrande 2009
Dogmatic - Like Coleman Young
  • We Dont Like You

Dogmatic - Like Coleman Young

Doghead Ent. 2009
Essman - Esspionage, Vol. 1
  • Focused

Essman - Esspionage, Vol. 1

Sound Wav, Crazy Noize, Long Range Distribution 2010
The Relativez - The Takeover
  • A Real Woman

The Relativez - The Takeover

Break Bread Records 2013

Compilations

DJ Butter ‎- Kill The DJ
  • All Star Game

DJ Butter ‎- Kill The DJ

Crazy Noise Productions 2000
DJ Muggs Featuring Chace Infinite - The Last Assassin
  • Wake Up

DJ Muggs Featuring Chace Infinite - The Last Assassin

Angeles Records 2004
Young RJ - Dirty District 3
  • Stomp

Various - Dirty District Vol. 3: Hosted By Brucie B.

Barak Entertainment 2006
Eminem Presents The Re-Up
  • Trapped

Various - Eminem Presents The Re-Up

Shady Records 2006
Welcome To Shitsville (The Original Film Soundtrack)
  • Don't Try This At Home

Various - Welcome To Shitsville (The Original Film Soundtrack)

Crazy Noise Productions 2006
Various - Big Proof & Iron Fist Records Presents Hand 2 Hand: The Official Mixtape Instruction Manual
  • Comin' Up With Lent

Various - Big Proof & Iron Fist Records Presents Hand 2 Hand: The Official Mixtape Instruction Manual

Iron Fist Records 2006
Various - Salam Wreck Presents Welcome To The Pyrex
  • Sh*t Can Still Happen

Various - Salam Wreck Presents Welcome To The Pyrex

Masari Music Entertainment 2008
Tito 6 - Bricks & B-Sides
  • The Movement (Recorded 2004)

Tito 6 - Bricks & B-Sides

Sosay International 2011
Trick Trick - Featuring
  • 2getha 4eva

Trick Trick - Featuring

Time Entertainment, B.M.B. Entertainment 2013
Various - Underground Bangers
  • I'm Addicted Man

Various - Underground Bangers

Upryzin Ent 2015