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PolitiC
04-11-2006, 07:52 AM
this should be an link jacked it from allhiphops ic http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Z65Z0RF8
..havent listened to it yet.not really any more information available youll prolly hear more about it in a few hours

damn...rest in peace

Redfist
04-11-2006, 07:54 AM
http://www.dubcnn.com/

yeah. its sad.

Prince Shafala
04-11-2006, 07:55 AM
ohh sh1t.....damn RIP

Redfist
04-11-2006, 07:55 AM
http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5552

PolitiC
04-11-2006, 07:56 AM
heres what some dude from the ic said

abc morning news (ch 7 in Detroit)reported breaking news that Proof and someone else were gunned down at the CCC after hours joint around 4 am this morning. They didn't have much footage but they said it was being said that one of the two dead was Proof. That's pretty fucked up. Obie was just shot a few months back. Both groups of Cheddar Boys (local Detroit group) have killed off half of each others members in a war over the name.

Redfist
04-11-2006, 07:57 AM
its roumors that BIZZARE is dead to!

PolitiC
04-11-2006, 07:58 AM
http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5552
thanks for the link..so hes really dead..damn hard to believe..RIP

Prince Shafala
04-11-2006, 07:59 AM
http://www.detroithiphop.com/aindex.php

its true....RIP BROTHER

PuNcH_iN_PuNcH_OuT
04-11-2006, 08:01 AM
fuck me

WUHEADSINCE93
04-11-2006, 08:04 AM
damn

Redfist
04-11-2006, 08:06 AM
"OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF BIG PROOF.
HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED LAST NIGHT 4/11/06.
THIS IS ONE OF THE SADDEST DAYS IN THE HISTORY OF DETROIT HIPHOP.

BIG PROOF WE LOVE YOU AND WE MISS YOU ALREADY.
DETROIT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

R.I.P. - BIG PROOF." - detroithiphop.com

Luther Large
04-11-2006, 08:14 AM
wtf?

rip

King Callabah
04-11-2006, 08:15 AM
WAH THE FUCK!?!? thats raw......Bizzares dead too!?

R.I.P....

Jeremy94
04-11-2006, 08:17 AM
Damn that's so sad.
He was the only rapper with skills on D12 (Without MM).

WWe lost a good rapper.

shaolin_danger
04-11-2006, 08:20 AM
Yeah yo I can'y believe it YO, Proof is dead!!1 just got the email from Allhiphop.com

Damn and he had a tight-ass album it was 1 of my 2005 bangers!!!!

Queen Of Poetry
04-11-2006, 08:20 AM
Damn shame.............RIP

ShaolinDarts
04-11-2006, 08:23 AM
The 2nd person who alot of sites are saying to be Bizarre isn't actually dead. He's in critical condition in hospital.

nuttzman
04-11-2006, 08:28 AM
wow..thats sad i remember that video by eminem........

toy soldiers i think where proof portrays a rapper whos been shot...damn..i get goosebumps...r.i.p.proof.....condolences to shady rec.

Redfist
04-11-2006, 08:33 AM
http://www.d-12.com/

cap
04-11-2006, 08:43 AM
awww man thats just shocking!!!!
very sad

R.I.P.

Jeru
04-11-2006, 08:45 AM
RIP Proof.He was the most talented of D12 along with Eminem

Fayth
04-11-2006, 08:48 AM
Proof was deffo the most talented of D12 ....R.I.P

King Callabah
04-11-2006, 08:48 AM
The 2nd person who alot of sites are saying to be Bizarre isn't actually dead. He's in critical condition in hospital.

so Bizzares not dead? thats good to hear, prayers be with him

again R.I.P Proof.....

hellz_wind_staff
04-11-2006, 08:52 AM
Unbelievable, it's always shcking to see news like this. It brings back the feeling of past incidents, ODB, Biggie etc...

Proof had skills, the most talented member of D12.

RIP!

baby jesus
04-11-2006, 09:09 AM
Wow!!! Thats A Shame R.I.P Proof.

Ill Jolson
04-11-2006, 09:09 AM
damn... R.I.P :(

ShaolinDarts
04-11-2006, 09:13 AM
so Bizzares not dead? thats good to hear, prayers be with him

again R.I.P Proof.....

It might not even be Bizarre. Its just that two people were shot, one was Proof and rumours are that Bizarre was the 2nd. Police haven't confirmed who the 2nd guy (in hospital) is.

4-Bar Killer
04-11-2006, 09:17 AM
Unbelievable, it's always shcking to see news like this. It brings back the feeling of past incidents, ODB, Biggie etc...

Proof had skills, the most talented member of D12.

RIP!

co-sign. real shocking. r.i.p. !!!

Lightbringer
04-11-2006, 09:24 AM
R.I.P.

I hate to see good fellas die like that:dududu:

R.I.P.

Wu-Tality
04-11-2006, 09:25 AM
R.I.P. Proof, so fucked up, Im sure he would have had a good rap career.

I hope this friend of Proofs survives this.

MaXiMus Da MaNtis
04-11-2006, 09:26 AM
Damn i Hope It Isnt Hip Hop Violence

444trumpets
04-11-2006, 09:35 AM
Damn thats crazy...

peace 444trumpets

Dante
04-11-2006, 10:02 AM
Thats really fucked up...

RIP

oldie
04-11-2006, 10:05 AM
Fuck Me!!!


R.i.p Thats Some Shit Man, He Was Tight!!!!!

oldie
04-11-2006, 10:10 AM
i cant believe this shit man, some ones got it in for Aftermath with Obie been hit not long ago n all. fuckin hell!!

PolitiC
04-11-2006, 10:20 AM
the other victim wasnt bizarre after all

"Contrary to earlier rumors and reports, D-12 member Bizarre was not involved in the incident in Detroit last night," Interscope said. "He was at home in Atlanta, Georgia."

cap
04-11-2006, 10:24 AM
Damn, rest in peace........I'm curious if Eminem has released a statement yet

yeah me too

cap
04-11-2006, 10:55 AM
SHIT! Read this:

http://forums.sohh.com/showthread.php?t=575510

^dude met him last night and then a few hours later makes a R.I.P. thread:

http://forums.sohh.com/showthread.php?t=702277&page=1

R.I.P.

damn,thats deep

MsRzaRecTaH
04-11-2006, 11:00 AM
RIP

and he was my favorite too!! =(

odot27
04-11-2006, 11:04 AM
yo talk about foreshadowing man... That toy soldiers vid, it had Proof getting shot and shit, and now this!? damn... RIP

RynMur
04-11-2006, 11:06 AM
Ill emcee, R.I.P.

L~>1<~NKS
04-11-2006, 11:08 AM
My condolences to his, and peace.

Hold ya head fam.

Shaolin Bloody Sword
04-11-2006, 11:14 AM
RIP !!! I'm not a fan of D12, but it always sad 2 see a rapper die this way.

T-ribe
04-11-2006, 11:21 AM
"Oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why
it's always the good ones that have to die" -Bootcamp-

That shit is tru, and I think it has to do with the
fact that some people hate to see others make it and
make good with their life. I know its a part of life
but we will miss his talent fo'sho.

"they say the good die young, that why I know that
we gonna have fun, in this life cuz you only get one,
When God call for me dont cry, I'm just goin home." -D-12-

Well wishes to Proofs fam, friends, lable mates, and fans.
Smile, he is home now

P-Noid Brown
04-11-2006, 11:24 AM
P.e.a.c.e. to the family and extended family of proof peace to shady records! Em, i know that was your right hand man duke... but keep ya head up... stand strong you a solider .. p.e.a.c.e. phace.

Mykal86
04-11-2006, 11:29 AM
FUCK this shit sucks Proof was my favorite one out of D12 even more than Eminem Searching for Jerry Garcia was an awesome album. RIP :(

HipHophead101
04-11-2006, 11:49 AM
:(:(:( todays gonna be a shitty day


R.I.P. PROOF

Dough Snatcher
04-11-2006, 11:51 AM
Damn man this news hit me pretty hard man. What makes it so bad is that just last night i was just remenising about some old D12 tracks.

RIP proof...

crastuf
04-11-2006, 11:53 AM
Proof, Rest In Peace. D12 stay strong.

Mykal86
04-11-2006, 11:55 AM
I'm sure Method Man is upset by this too they were cool and did a track together.....now there are only 2 D12 members I like on the solo tip.

morgan
04-11-2006, 11:57 AM
i cant believe it. I was listening to dog-matic the other day. Was very talented IMO. Rest in peace

Gutta J.85
04-11-2006, 12:01 PM
Fuck the fuck up Proof was ill as hell and had a deep connection with his fans danm idk what to say

BRONZBODY
04-11-2006, 12:05 PM
sad shit man...this shit about rappers gettin killed is gettin on my nerves,let a nigga shine,stop hatin,

r.i.p. proof

oDoUoSoKo
04-11-2006, 12:07 PM
i cried a little..lol

nah seriously im so pissed, he was great, i found out on aol news, rip proof

feedbacker
04-11-2006, 12:18 PM
rip proof. this sucks.

TUCO
04-11-2006, 12:21 PM
Rest In Peace

another local legend killed (Mac Dre...)....may he live on thru the music he made

hectis
04-11-2006, 12:22 PM
Rip

M_N
04-11-2006, 12:29 PM
Fuck no! Can't believe that! RIP

-Gambino-
04-11-2006, 12:39 PM
Damn. Just heard about that and i'm shocked.
R.I.P. Proof!

Lets hope police will find that fucking killer!

Funk_Dock
04-11-2006, 12:40 PM
another casualty of the rap game...

damn shame....R.I.P. Big Proof

36chambers
04-11-2006, 01:02 PM
another one gone this year... a big shame, Proof is ill.

RIP.

Visionz
04-11-2006, 01:22 PM
Damn, it's sad to see.
RIP Proof

HipHophead101
04-11-2006, 01:25 PM
are they still going to be d12 or d10? or are they gonna get another artist or what dou thinks gonna happen?

Razorsharp
04-11-2006, 01:26 PM
damn... he was hella ill on Devil's Night

RIP... my 2nd fav outta the dirty dozen... eminem was on top... but he sold out FUCK... peaCE

dat MF
04-11-2006, 01:48 PM
R.I.P. Big Proof!!!
He's chillin with Dilla now.

J-Man
04-11-2006, 01:49 PM
look who ever this other guy was dat got shot i hope dat he recovers and can help da cops get da fucker dat killed big proof, good to know bizarre is kl but still.........RIP big proof.

Hayabusa
04-11-2006, 01:51 PM
Dammit this fuckin sucks D-12 is one of my fav rap groups I heard the other dude that got shot died too, please don't let it be bizarre...:no:

WuTangWarrior
04-11-2006, 01:53 PM
omg..

hellbound
04-11-2006, 01:55 PM
damn....

R.I.P.

Inspectah_Dirk
04-11-2006, 02:06 PM
Fuck, that's a another loss to the rapgame.
He was an ill rapper!

R.I.P. Proof!

MantiZ
04-11-2006, 02:08 PM
R.I.P.

urban_angel
04-11-2006, 02:11 PM
fuck me this is sad man....

R.I.P proof, gone but never forgotten

Kong
04-11-2006, 02:17 PM
R.I.P proof

Ya_Bane
04-11-2006, 02:20 PM
I wonder what the story is.. Shouldn't it be out if Bizarre was dead too?

R.I.P

Bone Collecta
04-11-2006, 02:21 PM
sad as hell man he suprised us all with a nice album and he wont be able to give us more...its a shame man

King Justice
04-11-2006, 02:21 PM
Damn shit iz krazy :'(
R.I.P Proof

HipHophead101
04-11-2006, 02:22 PM
im gonna be bumping promatic and searching for jerry garcia all day

the funky drunk
04-11-2006, 02:22 PM
damn ... big Big BIG R.I.P fa sho ....

damn ... its always upsettin when a soldier falls , but atleast he up there with the greatest ...

Claustrofobic
04-11-2006, 02:40 PM
He's puffin la wit' Dilla and Big L right now no doubt, RIP

The Void
04-11-2006, 02:45 PM
I was shocked to hear this this morning, he was my favorite dude from D12, like most people.

He'll really be missed.

IRONMAN GFK
04-11-2006, 03:05 PM
what's going on

R.I.P. Proof


shit's gettin out of control

12weLvE
04-11-2006, 03:11 PM
R.I.P Proof...Sadly D Twelves only talent...

JackOfHearts
04-11-2006, 03:30 PM
fuk me- one of the most talented (if no the most) rapper in D12- (him and eminem were amazin, Proof's voice has a rawness not many other rappers had).

RynMur
04-11-2006, 03:34 PM
Rest In Peace

another local legend killed (Mac Dre...)....may he live on thru the music he made

Detroit legend Jay Dee too

Frank Drebin
04-11-2006, 03:47 PM
Who is this guy?

Frank Drebin
04-11-2006, 03:50 PM
oh that guy

wu gambino
04-11-2006, 03:53 PM
Rest In Peace

Thoughts And Prayers

G...
04-11-2006, 04:00 PM
Fuck, still can't believe it, Proof was the man.

R.I.P. Big Proof

D12 won't be the same without you!

IRONFLAGCHIEF36
04-11-2006, 04:04 PM
R.i.p Proof!!!

Grongle
04-11-2006, 04:13 PM
R.I.P Proof

peace

Crazy K
04-11-2006, 04:40 PM
Why The Fuck Is Everyone Killing!?

9th Warrior
04-11-2006, 05:08 PM
RIP Proof most talented in D12... ...

MaShPG
04-11-2006, 05:15 PM
damn...when is this shit gonna end? you don't see any folk singers getting murked, we gotta stop this. RIP to another one.

Eminem and Proof-"Hidden Freestyles"
http://www.savehiphop.org/beats/em_proof_hiddenfrees.mp3

PDTantisocial
04-11-2006, 05:23 PM
Fuckin' ass, fuck this shit. Peace to Proof, and Hell to the ma fucka that did it.

brown_dogg
04-11-2006, 05:35 PM
Damn, I was just about to pick up his album too.

RIP Big Proof.

Peace.

Sun Tzu, Tha Soul Controllah
04-11-2006, 05:42 PM
too much death man...RIP

KBOS
04-11-2006, 05:49 PM
This so fucked up! Last week my friends brother got shot in the head and died and another kid at my school killed himself in suicide, and both those deaths wasn't even related. Plus its the 5 year anniversy of this girl who got run over by the commuter train in my neighbourhood. I mean FUCK its always the good ones that have to die. Every time I see the Toy Soldiers video its gonna be errie as fuck.

RIP proof

EAGLE EYE
04-11-2006, 05:51 PM
holy shit, i never could picture Proof of all people being gun downed

Butter
04-11-2006, 05:54 PM
man i did not wake up n expect to see this..

R.I.P

Basic Instructor
04-11-2006, 06:07 PM
RIP Proof.....I had to look at the article three times before i believed it. He was the best member (excluding Em) of D12. But this also brings me to another point, no one gives Swifty or Kuniva any credit, I think they're pretty slept on. Regardless of what you thought of the group, another violent and needless death. Sad.

the surgeon
04-11-2006, 06:08 PM
RIP Proof another fucking waste of life

WuTangWarrior
04-11-2006, 06:12 PM
i still can't believe this man

The Lost Prophet
04-11-2006, 06:48 PM
theres no reason for shit like this.....damn.....i heard it today at 8 am and i still cant beleive it.......not even really that much of a fan but dude had skills..............damn........this needs to stop.......................R.I.P.

oDoUoSoKo
04-11-2006, 06:51 PM
i made a rip thread for rappers on this site to say peace to any dead rappers in the temple of darts forum..i started off wit a dirty harry verse check it out

Definitive X
04-11-2006, 07:51 PM
http://blogs.sohh.com/media_check/archives/2006/04/rip_deshaun_hol.html

That dude speaks the truth...the media might have a job to do, but if it starts to get serious, someone will end up dead...please, please, PLEASE Stop the Violence! PLEASE!

ShaDynasty
04-11-2006, 08:06 PM
fuck me
i cant believe it
i thought dude was about to blow up
best rapper in d12
his joint 'jerry garcia' was dope
he shoulda been a star
absolute fuckin tragedy
R.I.P.
I HOPE PEOPLE REALIZE WAT THEIR MISSIN
COP 'SEARCHIN.....' RIGHT NOW!!!!

graffitiwhat
04-11-2006, 08:47 PM
Still Can't Believe This Dude is Gone, I Was Shocked When i Heard About This and Im Still Shocked,What a Tragedy... Rest In Peace Proof,

Peace

bornfree
04-11-2006, 08:54 PM
Peace

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of our Brother Proof of D12 who was tragically gunned down this morning in another display of senseless violence. We really dont have any words that would accurately articulate the sadness and disgust we feel about this cycle of self-hate and barbarism that we are caught up in. How many more men, women, and children are we going to have to lose before we wake the fuck up and realize that this shit is insane!

At the end of the day Brothers and Sisters its all up to us...We have a choice.

Peace
Intelligent Muzik

mantis_fist
04-11-2006, 09:31 PM
I just wanted to give a much deserved R.I.P. to Big Proof. I wish people would learn to agree to disagree. Also, PEOPLE WAKE UP a life is more than a few words! Fucking pisses me off that people can be so heartless!

R.I.P. Big Proof

Miliato
04-11-2006, 10:00 PM
real sad to hear, he def. outshined everyone else in d12......r.i.p.

chiba
04-11-2006, 10:05 PM
rip proof
man why is always hip hop artists dying
its like you dont see any country or rnb singers dying
thats facked

kami sama bless his soul

peace

GENERAL WISE
04-11-2006, 10:20 PM
proof is the skinny dude from D12 right?...never heard much from him but RIP, funny dude on his lyrics

100pr00f
04-11-2006, 10:36 PM
some fucked up shit

im saden by the story i had to flip a couple sites to see if it was true...
holy shit
man was skilled and was going place ...man did a lot for hip hop

r.i.p

it wont be d12 if proof is gone..we was set to realess a mixtape some time this week too

damn
im feeling down

Rebel_INS
04-12-2006, 12:18 AM
What the fuck is this? I cant believe that shit man, seriously. Proof was my favorite out of D-12............. Fuck that man

R.I.P PROOF

Edgar Erebus
04-12-2006, 12:46 AM
And thinking that KRS dropped "Stop the violence" 18 years ago...

Fuck, just another fallen soldier. Another dead ultra-talented MC... who didn't lose any battle he was involed in. Another victim of 8-Mile-kind of roads all around the world.

R.I.P. Proof, you are still alive in our minds.

Oneman
04-12-2006, 03:31 AM
wow, i don't actually know Proof (didn't he do a track with Meth?) and I am not at all a fan of D12..

but people just shouldn't get shot

RIP

PEACE
Oneman

4th Day Legend
04-12-2006, 03:57 AM
R.I.P. Proof...can't believe you gone

...you one of my favorite MC's out here
life is a mystery, you never know what's coming...

Johnny Dust
04-12-2006, 04:04 AM
Damn, RIP Proof.

Definitive X
04-12-2006, 07:50 AM
UPDATE: Take a look at allhiphop.com...the shooting was allegedly the result of an argument with the bouncer...I guess they shot at each other...Proof needed to be heard...my cousin used to start fights with him in the clubs in downtown Detroit...he was a good dude, an ambassador for D12, and obviously a loving father and husband...there aren't too many of those in Detroit...REST IN PEACE, PROOF!

Mykal86
04-12-2006, 08:20 AM
Proof was bout to go on tour with Twiztid too he had just made negotiations at Psychopathic than in the same night he is shot and killed....a damn shame :( and to answer BornInvincible yes Meth did a song with him that also had B-Real

Tha Double-P
04-12-2006, 11:18 AM
RIP Proof, ill never forget

na diel
04-12-2006, 11:29 AM
PROOF R.I.P. we'll miss ya homie,

my memory of Proof was at the 2nd Hip Hop Summit at the
State Theatre downtown. he climbed up to the 2nd level via
a hanging curtain an then spit out a wild verse from the upper deck of the
building. I'll neva forget that shit, Proof was a phenomenal performer and will
be truly missed...

shaolin_danger
04-12-2006, 12:24 PM
http://www.allhiphop.com/images/pageTitle_news.gif

Exclusive: Shooting Details Involving Rapper Proof Emerge
By Nolan Strong
Date: 4/12/2006 9:00 am

http://www.allhiphop.com/images/icon_rss.gif (http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/rss/)


An altercation inside a Detroit nightclub led to the death of D-12 rapper Proof after an argument allegedly turned into a gunfight, leaving a bouncer wounded, according to sources.

A source that requested anonymity told AllHipHop.com that Proof was in the club after-hours when a heated verbal argument between Proof and a bouncer allegedly broke out and escalated.

Proof was shot and killed around 4:30 am on April 11 and the bouncer was seriously wounded, both with gunshots to the head.

"Proof knocked dude down and stood over him with gun in hand," a source close to Proof told AllHipHop.com. "Proof shot first. The bouncer on the ground didn't shoot Proof another bouncer did. Proof was shot 4 times. Twice in the head and twice in the chest/stomach area."

Police have identified the second man as 35-year-old Keith Bender.

Bender is alive, but is still in critical condition.

"Dude [Bender] is on life support and not expected to live at all," the source continued.

Investigators are still trying to piece together details of the shooting but have stated they believe two guns were used in the shooting.

According to sources, Proof was licensed to carry his weapon.

Officers have frequently been called to the club, taking 18 incident reports since 1996.

The club was raided in December of 2005 for selling alcohol to minors and Proof's murder was the third time a shooting had occurred at or near the club.

"All this s**t is senseless and real f**ed up. Proof was a longtime friend who wouldn't stay the f**k out the hood. To many jealous people in the hood mad cause you made it.

"8 Mile [road] near Hayes on Detroit's Eastside at 4 am in the morning? That Triple C spot always has drama (http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5555#) up there. Why was he there?" the source continued.

The police (http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5555#) questioned one witness in the case and seek to speak to others to find suspects.

The club did not have a video (http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5555#) surveillance system police, officers revealed.

Proof served as Eminem's best man in the rapper's short-lived wedding to Kim Mathers.

The rapper, whose real name is Deshaun Holton, leaves behind five children.

deadlymelody
04-12-2006, 04:10 PM
Crazy thing about it was I had the "My Band" song in my head for some odd reason and I had Proof's verse in my head. All this without knowing he died.

Treazon
04-12-2006, 04:33 PM
another one gone.. its just gonna keep happening seems like

but this guy was the only reason i ever listened to a D12 song besides eminem, he was the best rapper in the group and im not riding the hurse here like so many people do, the cat could rap man..




R.I.P. Proof

PuNcH_iN_PuNcH_OuT
04-12-2006, 04:55 PM
That's some cold murderous shit right there.

RIP

Acid Burn
04-12-2006, 08:43 PM
Life Goes On... R.I.P. 2 my nigga Proof

shaolin_danger
04-12-2006, 09:30 PM
http://www.allhiphop.com/images/pageTitle_news.gif

Man Suspected Of Fatally Shooting Rapper Proof Surrenders, Pool Game May Have Sparked Fight
By Nolan Strong
Date: 4/12/2006 8:30 pm

http://www.allhiphop.com/images/icon_rss.gif (http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/rss/)


A 28-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting rapper Proof of D12 turned himself in today (April 12).

Mario Etheridge, 28, of Detroit is being detained by the police (http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5563#) for allegedly shooting the rapper during an altercation inside of the C.C.C. nightclub.

Etheridge was also a bouncer at the C.C.C. nightclub.

Police said he is a cousin of Keith Bender Jr., the bouncer who was allegedly shot by Proof during the fight, which took place around 4:30 am Tuesday.

Sources told AllHipHop.com that the altercation was rooted in a pool game.

For unknown reasons, the men two began arguing and a fight broke out.

A shot was fired in the air, Proof allegedly pistol-whipped Bender, knocked him to the ground and then shot him.

Etheridge then allegedly open fire on the rapper, striking him four times in the head and chest.

Authorities are still investigating the incident, but police said the 28-year-old was cooperating with authorities.

Bender, a former Sgt. in the United States Army, is on life support in critical condition.

A_Wisdombody
04-12-2006, 09:34 PM
RIP Proof

sharpsWORDS
04-12-2006, 10:47 PM
what i hope everyone realizes is that proof started the shit, pistol whipped him and SHOT HIM THE DUDE.

he was an awesome rapper and my fav guy from d12, but dont make him out to be this great dude now. the other guy could have been a great guy too, loving dad, great at what he did.

don't forget two people are gone here, and proof instigated the killing.

WuTangWarrior
04-12-2006, 11:10 PM
we never know what started the fight though man so we cannot jump to conclusions

staycreepin_n_silence
04-13-2006, 12:50 AM
R.I.P song

EAGLE EYE
04-13-2006, 01:00 AM
we never know what started the fight though man so we cannot jump to conclusions


the streets will talk so eventually we may know what really went down that night.

-The Abbott-
04-13-2006, 01:17 AM
yea man this aint good...first blade now proof...regardless of how the altercation started we killin each other off in detroit...shit is so depressing...RIP

tical2000
04-13-2006, 01:46 AM
anyone think EMINEM is going to clap back......

...dude was like best friends with EMINEM...

.....and on several tracks EMINEM talks about putting money on anyones head who tocuhes his crew....EMINEM is probably crazy enough to do something like that...

anyways, is a tragedy that PROOF got killed.....he had alot going for himself......hype-man for the most popular rapper in the world is a pretty awsome job

Bloo
04-13-2006, 02:50 AM
Yeah, no one can be too sure cause it's too early. But the way I see it is homey who turned himself in is fucked either way so he has no reason to lie. If Proof shot first or not bouncer dude admitted he killed proof so he's still going to jail for murder. Not to mention that the other guy that did get shot is still alive so if he pulls through I'm sure he'll be able to tell who did what. Either way it goes it was a fucked up situation.

DREW-DIE$EL
04-13-2006, 03:02 AM
the bouncer didn't haveta shoot him in the fuckin head..

ShaolinDarts
04-13-2006, 08:21 AM
the bouncer didn't haveta shoot him in the fuckin head..

He shouldn't have shot the fuckin bouncer either. What did he expect was going to happen when he stood over the bouncer and shot him? A horse comes along and him ride of into the sunset?

Tres.Bo.
04-13-2006, 08:33 AM
R.I.P. Big Proof!!!
He's chillin with Dilla now.

I was just thinking that, Proof and Dilla were apparently best friends dating back to Dilla producing Proof's first ever ep, Detroits lost two greats, both of which were friends

r.i.p. Proof

5 on a row
04-13-2006, 08:38 AM
Rest in peace I would never kill him.

Mykal86
04-13-2006, 09:09 AM
it's true that Proof started the altercation he would of either been locked up or killed....we know which one happened. I've been bumpin his Kurt Cobain song lately,

"I've been in deep before, ask (stalemen?)
My hearts melting, tell the truth, I need help man
I hearts big but by sins bigger
Fuck the world, I don't feel like I can win niggaz
It's like I'm lost and I find only demons
I wanna quit, its like I'm tired of breathing"

5 on a row
04-13-2006, 09:17 AM
You're a loser and a nerd ofcourse you would kill me.

KaramelSundae
04-13-2006, 11:31 AM
I don't really like eminem or proof, but that sucks he died. RIP

sharpsWORDS
04-13-2006, 11:56 AM
proof started the altercation, read any of the new reports. Pistol whipped the bouncer and shot him in the fucking head. The other bouncer just did his job and shot Proof. He would have reacted any other way to anyone whipping out a gun and shooting a fellow SECUIRTY MEMBER.

Ya it is a tragedy, but don't make Proof out to be some special dude. There are many good people out there, who are good fathers, good friends, and good professionals (at whatever they do). I don't want this to turn into something where Proof is better than the other guy who was shot.

InvincibleArmor79
04-13-2006, 12:06 PM
rip... damn what a loss for hip hop..

i always felt he had his own style of rappin and delivery, enjoyed his verses...


peace IA79

-Gambino-
04-13-2006, 04:10 PM
Where is said that Proof started that altercation? I've only read that there were an altercation but who started it, bouncer of Proof? No said. If it was bouncer then fuck him. Proof did right thing. Or if it wasn't bouncer then i dont care either. Hiphop world has lost very talented rapper and that is not the good thing.

R.I.P.

Mykal86
04-13-2006, 06:23 PM
like sharpswords said this doesn't need to be made into a who deserved to be shot thing....neither deserved to die they were both fathers now with fatherless kids(the other guy might as well be dead he's a vegetable now)
But the police investigation shows evidence that the first shot was by Proof, NOT surprising since it's not the first time he has caught a gun case hell even Eminem pulled a gun on a tour manager for ICP and caught a case. Proof made a mistake in not leaving behind his old ways and was taken out by the cousin of the man he pistol whipped and shot in the face over some petty DRUNK shit talking think about it it was pointless. Proof will live forever through his music and as a fan I'm not gonna say he went out doing something right he didn't. My Searching for Jerry Garcia cd has been bumping non stop and it's unfortunate he had to make bad decisions like that and I will never hear another solo from him.

Sun Tzu, Tha Soul Controllah
04-13-2006, 06:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY06Xj8fsi0

eminem in tears over proof

DREW-DIE$EL
04-13-2006, 06:30 PM
searching for jerry garcia, was solid. but i don't think proof had reached his zenith, it's a damn shame he had to go so soon.
R.I.P. PROOF

HipHophead101
04-13-2006, 06:47 PM
where was eminem crying? and i couldnt even understand wat that guy was saying

Sun Tzu, Tha Soul Controllah
04-13-2006, 07:00 PM
in the beginning man

HipHophead101
04-13-2006, 08:51 PM
it doesnt look like hes crying, at least i cant tell

hes gained a lot of weight it looks l ike

KBOS
04-13-2006, 10:26 PM
What a damn shame! Sounds like Proof died over some real stupid shit. RIP Proof.

ZiG 9th
04-13-2006, 11:50 PM
Damn thatz messed up! Some1 just told me about this on thurs. i couldn't believe it? But reading this confirmed it. Damn thatz sad! Thatz 2 members D-12 lost already. Bugz and now Proof. I like D-12 too! Very underrated group IMO. I know M&M has 2 be messed up about this whole situation?



RIP!

Icurus
04-13-2006, 11:55 PM
Yo ya do know what really happened right? its sad dont get me wrong, but theres real police reports about the whole situation. There are eyewitnesses, so what really happened? According to the smoking gun site, Proof got into an argument with a former army sgt. and bouncer named keith bender, it escalated and instead of remaining into a brawl (which most of ya dumb ass rappers dont do anymore cause ya mad puss) Proof whips his gun out, pistol whips him (homage to his buddy eminem) and then shoots him in the face. Here's the weird part, either Bender's friend/cousin or the security at the door had a gun and shoots Proof.

Thats the truth, so does he deserve it, no. nobody deserves to get shot or die, but he did start that shit. Oh, by the way, BENDER WAS UNARMED. Why couldn't they just duke that shit out? I dont fucking know.

Icurus
04-14-2006, 12:08 AM
Where is said that Proof started that altercation? I've only read that there were an altercation but who started it, bouncer of Proof? No said. If it was bouncer then fuck him. Proof did right thing. Or if it wasn't bouncer then i dont care either. Hiphop world has lost very talented rapper and that is not the good thing.

R.I.P.

You fucking stupid, so if the bouncer started you should be shot. Fuck kicking his ass right, just shoot the nigga. Nah, man cause if I fought you, i would not wish death on you, i'd just beat ur fucking ass and put you in the hospital, I never do some pussy shit by pistol whipping you then shooting you, i wont even use a gun if we could just fight. Vice Versa, hopefully you just kick my ass, you know what im saying.

Seriously though, why niggas got to be using a gun anyway. I dont get that shit.

J-DON
04-14-2006, 12:51 AM
If Proof busted his gun first I cant say I feel sorry for him. At least he doesnt have to live life brain damaged like the dude he shot.

MaShPG
04-14-2006, 03:43 PM
I give a fuck how much flack I catch for this; why are ya'll hopping on Proof's dick now and claiming he was a great rapper? 2 weeks ago ya'll never spoke of him. Now that he's dead he's one of the most slept on emcees. Proof was a bad rapper imo, but he was a man with 5 kids, and for that I say RIP.

Amplified Sample
04-15-2006, 06:34 AM
R.I.P (http://youtube.com/watch?v=gJn1vSEGCu0&search=proof)

Aqueous Moon
04-16-2006, 02:01 PM
P.E.A.C.E. to Proof,

Please. Educate. Allah's. Children. Equally.

This violence needs to end.....

MaShPG
04-16-2006, 06:41 PM
?estlove speaks on Proof's death and his first encounter w/ Proof:





cotdamn. to hear about life in the d from the dilla related projects i swore them mofos was super exxxxxagerating. why? everyone in the D was so nice to me.

i guess most of you know that super monster freestyler Proof of D-12 was murdered this morning in the D. i consider Proof to be the thin line between Em's version of the D and Dilla's version of the D. im mean sure i know that Royce the 5"9 did some joints with dilla. but for the life of me i could never fathom why the man considered one of the worlds finest mc's (Em fans please note i said ONE) never linked with the the greatest beatmaker of all time (note i said THE).

however i know that Proof indeed was connected to both worlds.

although i met proof at detroit designer's maurice malone's store when the roots first came out in 1995 (this day would also mark the last full american performance of root malik b)---it wasn't until december of 1998 that i got a taste of the man they called Proof.

December 31st 1998 tariq, elo (the other mc on The Roots THINGS FALL APART's "dynamite") and i just did a long night at studio a (the home to most of the material on fantastic vol 2 (slum), and most of the Ready For The World records (they were from the D too) and i guess this being the eve of 1999 we were looking for some fun.(elo and tariq had other new years eve plans)

dilla being the gracious host he was rang his man up on the phone to set some **** up and sure enough coming in like a hurricane with this crazy foul mouthed hillllllllarious mother****er named proof.

i mean he had jokes from the second he stepped in and NEVER stopped. he was far crazier than the character that Proof's life was based on in 8 mile (m phiffer's role).

at first i thought he was a sarcastic **** because every 2 seconds he was on some rick james "oh my ****ing gawd....its quest....mother****ing....love!!!!" ****.

i dunno....call it low self esteem, call it modesty, or whatever...but i pretty much took this regular joe guy stance once i realized after our debut album wasn't gonna get us all the riches and the bictches of the world. i am greatful for it. so whenever anyone makes a big deal of me i just shrug it off simply because i don't see the proof or results of such a clamour. however that dosn't mean that i don't appreciate it. i realized that he was sincere in his words and that he was simply trying to rep his city so that i left with a good impression.

the d has me at "hello".

he had the whole intenerary set up:

strip club
after strip club
bring the strip club home.
repeat
rinse.

so we piled into the caDILLAc: me, dilla, frank of frank n dank, and proof.

being the sheepish **** i was, i asked whether or not we needed to stop to the ATM to get cash so that we could gain admission.

proof was dying:

"you hear this *****? he tryna pay and **** ***** do you know who you is?!?! you are mother****ing brother ?uestion!!!! they should be paying you!!!!!"

poor child i said.

he don't know that i mean as much to the bouncer/cashier person at the door as the man on the moon

"jay lets be safe and lemme get some cash"

proof snickered.

well sure enough strip club number one (and mind you this is riiiiiiiiiiiight before "you got me" hit) proof was like "let me do the talking"

(walks to guard)
(whispers)
(guard ganders at us..)
(ponders...)
(pauses...)
(gets another guard)
(points me out)
(i know what they thinking....why the **** did i let proof talk me into this)
(guard walks to proof in 5...4..3...i can feel it coming)

"he said its $30 each"

damnit proof!!!!!!!!!

i mean proof was mad FOR me. he was on some "yall dont know who the **** this is?!?!? this man is a legend!!! this man is god's gift to drumming! yall better recognize!!!!!!!!" ****.

poor child.

just as i was suggesting maybe we should go to the bank to get some cash, proof was screaming "**** THAT! we going to get some love elsewhere!"

it was 10:30pm december 31st 1998.

we drove and drove to no avail. not that we got fronted on....but somehow the business owners of the east side of detroit knew what time it was come midnight, so most kept their doors shut and locked until waaaaaaay after midnight.

now dilla was worried because we really needed to find shelter before the bullets were going to rain out the sky. we been riding for an hour in traffic and closed doors to any party worth going to. proof was sensing my patience wearing thin, so he blurted out

"**** it! we rolling to retha's house."

dilla and dank started ROLLING. they KNEW this ***** was frontin' aint no way he can make this happen if he couldnt make 3 clubs let us in for free (again i was willing to pay, but proof was on some "**** that i run the d and these *****s better show some love or else!"


the "re" he was referring to was the mother of a friend of his. you know her by her full name: aretha franklin.

you had to admire this mofos balls: he "failed" at 4 attempts to have the scrippers hanging off the rafters into my lap and now im just suppose to think that i can crash areatha franklin's livingroom to avoid a hail of bullets courtesy of the midnight uzi patrol?

i told frank (driving now) "yo, i really dont think we should be in the east side of detroit when the clock strikes 12...why dont we try to get to (the much safer) westside.

proof could sell water to a drowner.

"**** that! we getting in!!!!"

(we pull up to aretha's house)
(sit in the car.)
("you getting out"?)
("well you get out first")
(i don't know her you should go!")
(well you have the house number at least? i dont wanna crash this *****)

at 11:56 we decided to haul ass and run for cover. we was too scared to press the doorbell and we did NOT want to be outdoors when they yelled HAPPY NEW YEARS. talk about bullet the blue sky....shesh!

new years eve searching for something and all i got was a rock.

well not really:

we got out of the eastside of detroit just in the nick of time. (we heard bullets ringing out everywhere) we settled on greektown around the corner from my hotel for grub and that was where proof saw his boy who told us about a party to go to.

we went and you know what?

**** was hillllarious. he was ranking and playing the dozens on everybody and clowning all his female friends like "eat a **** im with questlove!!!!!"

"who?!?!?"

sigh. poor child.

we took those ghetto ass polaroid flicks where there is a air brush painting of a bmw and you front like you living the good life.

when the night wound down (5am ish) in all seriousness he apoligized for "a failed mission of hoes hoes hoes" that he promised the beginning of the night.

but the whole night within itself was the bigger experience. that **** was just like all of em cramped in that car in the 8mile movie. for 4 hours we peeped all these slum joints, proof had a demo of "its my fault" from the slim shady lp (this is the first time i ever heard about em) we argued up and down about hip hop and all the opinions along with it.

a failed night?

once again proof was wrong.

poor child.

rest in peace my brother.

Sun Tzu, Tha Soul Controllah
04-16-2006, 06:50 PM
http://xxlmag.com/online/?p=1035

God'sSon2517
04-16-2006, 06:56 PM
R.I.P. to my favorite outta D-12 and one of my fav MC personalities and talents.

36chambers
04-16-2006, 07:18 PM
http://www.wutang-corp.com/news/article.php?id=681

Jo from France
04-17-2006, 06:34 AM
yesterday was tony touch in germany, i hoped that it will be a good night...
tony touch : 0
alcohol : 10000
il a trop la grosse tęte ce fils de pute et il est pas cool avec le public. forget him for Wu Latino, forget wu latino!!!

MoT
04-17-2006, 08:49 AM
Damn that's so sad.
He was the only rapper with skills on D12 (Without MM).

WWe lost a good rapper.


i agree xcept the contents of the ( brackets )

MoT
04-17-2006, 08:56 AM
because this was the best diss aimed at Ja-Rule

its not typed correctly but gives an idea to those who didnt know this gem

Proof

Ja In A Bra

[Ja Rule Sample]

Its murdaaa... hahaha...its murda..
We back up in this motherfucker!!!
Its murda... yall know who we be (ayo don't let me catch you!!)
R.U.L.E... my nigga Fatal on my 1s, 2s, holla back you bitch ass niggaz!!
Yo, yo, motherfuckin cocksucker
If y'all havnt heard yet that nigga loose change is loose
And I got proof, get it, I got proof..

*beat changes*

[Intro - Proof]

WOOF!!

You know my name, its like this..PROOF!!!
D12 shitnotes!
Its war now! Lets man up! (WOOF)
No prisoners! No casualties! All my riders lets ride then! CMON!

(WOOF)

[Verse 1]

Word on the street is that I murda this Inc
Get whacked with the hands not deservin the heatin
There's nerves in this beef
To Irv and his peeps: I ain't rappin no mo'
I speak through the curves in the streets
Ya hit's, man, is weak
Ya did a poor job, that midget Cookie Monster be hangin' from a door knob
Ya lucky I don't like touchin women
And don't like no peace, talk somethin' with Russel Simons, (WOOF)
Got the right connections
My perception, ya know, would be beefin, ya life is definatly gone
The ?? singin' at least the Woof of rap
You'll need more than a Bush attack, don't push me back! (WOOF)
You think it's just 50 and Sha, listen up Ja, no kids in the lobby in
Detroit city wishin you DIE!
I know you just wanna rap and be Pac, but before its said and done
you gon' see PAC! (WOOF)

[Hook]

Yall don't want war, y'all want talk
In the dark my dogs all bark like WOOF!
PROOF, nigga, I'ma WOOF

Now you all SHOOK
I'ma about to getcha brain pushed BACK!

[Verse 2]

CHRIS GOTTI!!
This nigga had the nerve to have ten niggaz sneak me just to get wit me
I'm only 160 and the fact is
I murder niggaz, DJs, and kittens
I only walk out with scratches, wearin a Rolex shirt
So if thats the streets, speakin ya dress don't hurt
You cowards do something before we do ours
I could write a Ja Rule album in two hours
bleedin dead on ya back, have ya pockets flat like Federal Tax and
put ya head on the rack
I'm so bad, the only thing good is death
And L.A. G Unit posted and shook left, (ha, bitch!)
I'm from Detroit with the hottest and hollas
Niggaz like 'yall garbage, don't even bother', (haha)
Plus ya overweight and gangstas is maddening
50 made Wanksta and the definition of wanksta is AINT TOUGH
With pictures of Ja in a braw with a paint brush, paintin his war marks
I'm losin my patience
It ain't just D12 and Obie, homey, cancel ya shows and show respect
like ya know me, (hehe)
It zones and its hailin a jet
911 style: to ya face to ya chest
911 style: to ya face to ya chest
It's over, nigga, gettin wet on the set, BLAU!!!

[Hook] x2

[Outro]

Haha!
I ain't even talkin no more!
I can't believe my nig can write yo whole ass out, nigga!
Whatcha talkin about 'that we gave ya the proof!'
You scared to come in that club, nigga!
You ain't got shit!
I'ma tell you like this: Black Child, Chris Gotti, I'm on that ass!
Cmon! See! You niggaz wanna be street niggaz!
Who would you wanna recruit?
Cause I'ma murd' all you soldiers and recruit ya bosses when this over!
Big Proof! D12! Only a one sixty-three!
I left out with scratches, nigga!
Wait till y'all niggaz come to the D!
Yeah, I'm goin to New York! I just love Summer Jams!
I'll be back fuckin with ya bitch!
A'yo, Cookie Monster: come get me, nigga!
Old ass nigga! *laughs*

*beat stops*

Now don't make me write some real shit, nigga!

R.I.P. BIG Proof

Jeru
04-17-2006, 02:06 PM
because this was the best diss aimed at Ja-Rule

its not typed correctly but gives an idea to those who didnt know this gem

Proof

Ja In A Bra

[Ja Rule Sample]

Its murdaaa... hahaha...its murda..
We back up in this motherfucker!!!
Its murda... yall know who we be (ayo don't let me catch you!!)
R.U.L.E... my nigga Fatal on my 1s, 2s, holla back you bitch ass niggaz!!
Yo, yo, motherfuckin cocksucker
If y'all havnt heard yet that nigga loose change is loose
And I got proof, get it, I got proof..

*beat changes*

[Intro - Proof]

WOOF!!

You know my name, its like this..PROOF!!!
D12 shitnotes!
Its war now! Lets man up! (WOOF)
No prisoners! No casualties! All my riders lets ride then! CMON!

(WOOF)

[Verse 1]

Word on the street is that I murda this Inc
Get whacked with the hands not deservin the heatin
There's nerves in this beef
To Irv and his peeps: I ain't rappin no mo'
I speak through the curves in the streets
Ya hit's, man, is weak
Ya did a poor job, that midget Cookie Monster be hangin' from a door knob
Ya lucky I don't like touchin women
And don't like no peace, talk somethin' with Russel Simons, (WOOF)
Got the right connections
My perception, ya know, would be beefin, ya life is definatly gone
The ?? singin' at least the Woof of rap
You'll need more than a Bush attack, don't push me back! (WOOF)
You think it's just 50 and Sha, listen up Ja, no kids in the lobby in
Detroit city wishin you DIE!
I know you just wanna rap and be Pac, but before its said and done
you gon' see PAC! (WOOF)

[Hook]

Yall don't want war, y'all want talk
In the dark my dogs all bark like WOOF!
PROOF, nigga, I'ma WOOF

Now you all SHOOK
I'ma about to getcha brain pushed BACK!

[Verse 2]

CHRIS GOTTI!!
This nigga had the nerve to have ten niggaz sneak me just to get wit me
I'm only 160 and the fact is
I murder niggaz, DJs, and kittens
I only walk out with scratches, wearin a Rolex shirt
So if thats the streets, speakin ya dress don't hurt
You cowards do something before we do ours
I could write a Ja Rule album in two hours
bleedin dead on ya back, have ya pockets flat like Federal Tax and
put ya head on the rack
I'm so bad, the only thing good is death
And L.A. G Unit posted and shook left, (ha, bitch!)
I'm from Detroit with the hottest and hollas
Niggaz like 'yall garbage, don't even bother', (haha)
Plus ya overweight and gangstas is maddening
50 made Wanksta and the definition of wanksta is AINT TOUGH
With pictures of Ja in a braw with a paint brush, paintin his war marks
I'm losin my patience
It ain't just D12 and Obie, homey, cancel ya shows and show respect
like ya know me, (hehe)
It zones and its hailin a jet
911 style: to ya face to ya chest
911 style: to ya face to ya chest
It's over, nigga, gettin wet on the set, BLAU!!!

[Hook] x2

[Outro]

Haha!
I ain't even talkin no more!
I can't believe my nig can write yo whole ass out, nigga!
Whatcha talkin about 'that we gave ya the proof!'
You scared to come in that club, nigga!
You ain't got shit!
I'ma tell you like this: Black Child, Chris Gotti, I'm on that ass!
Cmon! See! You niggaz wanna be street niggaz!
Who would you wanna recruit?
Cause I'ma murd' all you soldiers and recruit ya bosses when this over!
Big Proof! D12! Only a one sixty-three!
I left out with scratches, nigga!
Wait till y'all niggaz come to the D!
Yeah, I'm goin to New York! I just love Summer Jams!
I'll be back fuckin with ya bitch!
A'yo, Cookie Monster: come get me, nigga!
Old ass nigga! *laughs*

*beat stops*

Now don't make me write some real shit, nigga!

R.I.P. BIG Proof

Can you upload this?

MoT
04-17-2006, 05:49 PM
It is featured on the I Miss The Hip Hop Shop mix-cd but it would be more than respectful if we go n cop that and the hand 2 hand mixtape...

Bodega Pop Tartz
04-17-2006, 06:00 PM
he did it to himself r.i.p.

galt john galt
04-17-2006, 10:48 PM
rest in peace. another before his prime.

WuTangWarrior
04-17-2006, 11:05 PM
http://www.wutang-corp.com/news/article.php?id=681

Thanks for putting that up man, its nice to see everyone giving there respects, including the Wu. Proof will greatly be missed.

-Gambino-
04-18-2006, 09:45 AM
The man allegedly shot by D12 rapper Proof died yesterday morning (April 17) at a Detroit hospital.

Keith Bender Jr., 35, died at St. John Hospital and Medical Center from a gunshot wound received during an altercation with the rapper inside the C.C.C. club on April 11.

According to police, eye witnesses said Proof, born Deshaun Holton, shot Bender in the head, after knocking him to the ground during an argument.

Bender's cousin Mario Etheridge, 28, returned fire and killed the rapper instantly with multiple shots to the head and body.

Lawyers for Proof have vigorously denied eye witness accounts that he fired first.

Etheridge pleaded not guilty Saturday (April 15) to two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and the discharge of a firearm in a building.

Etheridge claims he was acting in self-defense. He faces a maximum of five years in prison.

A preliminary hearing takes place April 26.

A viewing and funeral for Proof takes place today (April 18) and tomorrow (April 19) at the Fellowship Chapel in Detroit.

Sun Tzu, Tha Soul Controllah
04-18-2006, 10:41 AM
^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060418/ap_on_en_mu/rapper_killed

Sika187
04-19-2006, 05:11 AM
yeah same here R.I.P to my fav D12 member.....wonder wat Em thinks about all this

Sun Tzu, Tha Soul Controllah
04-19-2006, 01:15 PM
More than 4,000 mourners paid their respects to Detroit rapper Proof on Tuesday, walking by his gold-toned casket at the Fellowship Chapel on the city's west side, with many sporting T-shirts bearing the late D12 member's likeness.

The Detroit Free Press reported that for many fans who attended the viewing, it was hard to see the popular Detroit MC lying motionless in his traditional outfit — a track suit, Kangol cap, jeans and Timberland-style boots — with a Detroit Pistons jersey (Chauncey Billups' number 1) signed by several players draped over his body. The casket was emblazoned with both his birth name, Deshaun D. Holton, and his rap handle in English script.

The service took place just hours after the death of Keith Bender Jr., 35, the man police say was shot in the face by Proof during a fatal shootout at Detroit's CCC Nightclub on April 11. According to police, Proof, 32, was shot once in the head and twice in the chest after firing on Bender following an early morning altercation at the after-hours club. Police allege that Bender's cousin, Mario Etheridge, shot and killed Proof; he was charged Friday with carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm in a building.

"We knew he was gone," Proof's good friend, rapper King Gordy, told the paper. "But when you see him now, it's like, 'Here goes a reality check.' Right now, Detroit has a black cloud over it." Also present at the viewing were Detroit rapper Paradime, "Wild 'N Out" cast member Carlos "Spanky" Hayes and D12 musical collaborator Luis Resto, according to the Detroit News, which reported that some attendees were struggling with accounts that Proof shot first in the deadly gun battle that ended his life.

"We all know in our hearts that isn't true," said Rob Black, who had known Proof for five years. Black said he got a tattoo that reads "R.I.P. Big Proof" on the right side of his neck over the weekend. "Now every day when I wake up, I'll see him," he said.

Greg Brown, who played guitar on several D12 tracks, said, "Today feels gloomy, even though it's sunny out."

And Marvwon of the Detroit rap crew Fat Killahz added, "It doesn't seem real. ... He was Superman. How do you kill Superman?"

On Monday night, some of Proof's friends, including Eminem and other members of D12, had a private viewing of the body.

D12's Bizarre, who did not make it to Monday's viewing, was brought into the church through a back entrance on Tuesday as staffers closed the doors to the public for about 10 minutes to give him privacy. As mourners shuffled by, two large video screens on either side of the pulpit showed a continuous loop of Proof in music videos and from live concerts.

There was a heavy police presence both inside and outside the church, according to the Free Press, with about a dozen officers and private security staffers in the area.

"For the most part, everybody is taking it hard. Especially his mom," Proof's cousin, Kenneth Malone told the paper. "We're just trying to maintain. Once we get past this, we'll deal with it really. Right now, we're just trying to do what we can for the public."

As people left the viewing, they were given a postcard-sized handout — a picture of D12, without Eminem, on the front, and a story about Proof's life on the back. Several rappers who worked with Proof at his Detroit-based label, Iron Fist Records, said they planned to honor their comrade at his funeral Wednesday (April 19) by wearing Kangol caps and black T-shirts with a silk-screened image of Proof and the words "Big Proof Forever 1973-2006" on the back.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fellowship Chapel. According to the Free Press, it is open to the public, but friends and family will have seating priority in the 2,000-capacity chapel.

R.I.P Proof

100pr00f
04-19-2006, 01:21 PM
damn.....
still crazy thinking that he died

HipHophead101
04-19-2006, 07:38 PM
thats a fresh sig 100proof

Iequalmc2
04-20-2006, 09:59 AM
I didn’t know the guy, just like I don’t know any of you, but I remember the lyrics just posted, if this is cause and effect, then I am not responsible for this departure, and it was all agreed to down to the tee. However if I have forcefully taken life, then out of sight really is out of mind. It’s just a coincidence, I mean no harm.





It is written:

"Do not judge the upright, for (s)he will most certainly topple upon you!"



Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
Bing Crosby

"You've got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mr. In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith, or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

(Andrews sisters:)
To illustrate
His last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do,
Just when everything looked so down?

(Bing:)
Man, they said we better
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mr. In-Between
No, do not mess with Mr. In-Between!
Do you hear me, hmm?

(Andrews sister:)
Oh, listen to me chillin' and-uh you will hear
About eliminatin' of the negative and a' accent on a' positive!

(Bing:)
And gather round me children if you will and...
And sit tight while I start reviewin' the attitude of doin' right.

(Andrews sisters:)
You gotta ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mr. In-Between

(Both:)
You got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Then
Otherwise, otherwise
Pandemonium liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate (well illustrate!)
My last remark (You got the floor)
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they say (What did they say)
Say, when everything looked so down?

Man, they said we better
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mr. In-Between
No, don't mess with Mr. In-Between!"

REProof

Sun Tzu, Tha Soul Controllah
04-20-2006, 10:13 AM
A capacity crowd of about 2,000 people filled Fellowship Chapel on Wednesday to mourn Detroit hip-hop star Proof.

People waited in lines that wrapped around the church to get into the scheduled 11 a.m. service, which started about 45 minutes late to accommodate the crowd's entry.

The funeral began with the church's pastor, Rev. Wendell Anthony, reading passages from scripture while family members and close friends paid their last respects in front of the gold-toned casket.

Proof, who was 32, was dressed in athletic wear and Kangol cap. His rap name and birth name, Deshaun D. Holton, were etched at the bottom of the casket in English script. He was surrounded by a huge display of flowers, blankets and other adornments.

Ushers helped several people who were overcome with grief, and some mourners screamed in anguish as the casket was closed.

Among those in attendance were Eminem, 50 Cent, Obie Trice, D12 members Bizarre, Kuniva, Kon Artis and Swift, and Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg.

Eminem sat in a pew behind Proof’s family, wearing a black suit. When attendees started giving testimonials, he went to the lectern and said he had nothing planned, but that “I can’t just let my friend go without me saying my peace.”

Eminem told a story from when he was 16 years old and living on the east side. He said Proof approached him and threw a pair of shoes at his feet, saying: “Put those on.”

When Eminem asked why, he said Proof told him: “Cuz I’m tired of you wearing those dirty-ass shoes.”

Eminem added: “I apologize for cussing in church.”

Visibly worn out, Eminem broke down in tears when speaking.

“He taught me how to be a leader,” Eminem said. “I’m sure everybody who has ever met him, even just once, can testify to the fact that he illuminated a room when he walked in it. I believe that Proof loved people and people loved him. He was a magnet. He lured you in. You wanted to learn about him, follow his swagger. Without Proof, there would be no Eminem, no Slim Shady, no D12. ”

Proof’s family presented Eminem with a framed picture of Eminem and Proof together.

Later, Detroit rapper Obie Trice, a labelmate of Eminem and Proof's group D12, spoke and called for an end to violence. Trice was shot in the head in a New Year's Eve incident, and a bullet remains lodged in his skull.

“I want to talk to the black men in here that’s coming up in the hood, coming up in the struggle," Trice said, overcome with tears. "We’re killing each other, dawg. And it’s about nothing. Nothing. Nothing. We’re all dying. And we’re leaving our kids. Our mommas. Our grandmas. Over nothing.”

“Proof is the one. He is the pioneer of Detroit music,” Trice continued. “You feel me? We’ve got to stand up, man. I love all y’all. We black people. White people, too. I love y’all, too. We got to stand up. Rest in peace.”

Rev. Anthony continued with Trice's theme. In a long, thundering eulogy, Anthony denounced violence as “the madness that is infecting” Detroit. “Violence is the weed that is choking the life out of our community,” he said.

Mourners were handed a full-color 14-page program, which included numerous testimonials and photos, including a nearly full page shot of Proof with his arm around Eminem. Among the notations: “Proof was the funniest cat I ever knew in my life,” signed by Duane (Legwork).

Sixteen names were listed as pallbearers, mostly family and friends, including Mark Hicks, Proof’s longtime manager. Several others were listed as honorary pallbearers, including Eminem, the members of D12 and Detroit rapper Trick Trick.

People had begun arriving at the church at about 8 a.m. The first two people in line were cousins from Detroit, Ebony Johnson, 18, and Dvonne Johnson, 14.

“We’re here to pay our respects to Proof. He was from Detroit and he was a good rapper,” said Ebony Johnson.

“Everybody thought he was a good man. He was repping his city,” added Dvonne.

Cars were parked all along Outer Drive and nearby side streets. The law enforcement presence was heavy, including members of the Detroit Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police.

An antique carriage drawn by white horses was waiting to transport the casket from the church at Southfield and Outer Drive to the burial site, Woodlawn Cemetery on Woodward Avenue near 8 Mile.

Proof died in a gun battle last week in a club on 8 Mile Road in Detroit that was operating illegally after-hours. Authorities say Proof shot 35-year-old Keith Bender Jr. in the head at the C.C.C. Club early on April 11 after a fight. Another man -- a relative of Bender -- then shot Proof three times in the head and chest. Proof died almost immediately. Bender died Tuesday at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

Icurus
04-24-2006, 01:55 AM
he died
get over it

da_genius21
04-26-2006, 11:07 PM
Damn...its crazy,,,,I saw proof at the ghostface concert!!!!

Krimewave
04-28-2006, 08:22 AM
word.
RIP Proof.
our thoughts are with your family homeboy.

12weLvE
05-01-2006, 02:02 PM
I just got the album yesterday...Preety good no lie. Id say 7.5/10 good job Proof... R.I.P...D Twelves Only Talent.

da_genius21
05-01-2006, 05:04 PM
Ta fuck....Since he died....Everyone (not only here) is like O SHIT PROOF WAS GOOD,,,HE WAS AN ILL MC, HE WAS THIS N THAT BLAH BLAH!!!!

Fuck dat...he sucked

get Over it

I mean...RIP PROOF,,,,,but he wasnt that good of a rapper
cmon

HipHophead101
05-01-2006, 09:22 PM
yes, yes he was listen to promatic he shines on it IMO

12weLvE
05-01-2006, 11:22 PM
Ta fuck....Since he died....Everyone (not only here) is like O SHIT PROOF WAS GOOD,,,HE WAS AN ILL MC, HE WAS THIS N THAT BLAH BLAH!!!!

Fuck dat...he sucked

get Over it

I mean...RIP PROOF,,,,,but he wasnt that good of a rapper
cmon

To be honest I always though Proof was good. I bought the first D12 album the first day it came out...I was in 8th grade and to be honest I was feelin him more on that album than Eminem. Another thing: Out of the members of D12 he was the only member I though had the potential to drop a good album. Bizzare Shit was trash, but Proof did a nice job, with almost no help from Eminem. Props to Proof.

mashqauck
05-02-2006, 11:05 PM
Much love and respect to proof and rest in peace man

This just isn't as big as a suprise as ODB's death was to me

I can believe proof is dead because he just seemed like he could die and after the video where he got shot up. It makes it even more believable.

But ODB, man I couldn't take that in for about a month thinking he was still alive everytime I listened to any of the albums.

RIP Proof

Gawd
05-06-2006, 12:39 AM
this should be an link jacked it from allhiphops ic http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Z65Z0RF8
..havent listened to it yet.not really any more information available youll prolly hear more about it in a few hours

damn...rest in peace

RIP to the man he killed

rzatugaW
05-14-2006, 01:08 PM
proof 4ever.....u are the second best of d12.....RIP PROOF AND odb

Classic
05-16-2006, 10:43 PM
Ta fuck....Since he died....Everyone (not only here) is like O SHIT PROOF WAS GOOD,,,HE WAS AN ILL MC, HE WAS THIS N THAT BLAH BLAH!!!!

Fuck dat...he sucked

get Over it

I mean...RIP PROOF,,,,,but he wasnt that good of a rapper
cmon

I'm co-signing this.
Proof was alright, but by no means GREAT.
I mean, he even started his own record company, Iron Fist.
But like Biggy said...
"You're nobody till somebody kills you."

Wu-tang Fan
05-17-2006, 03:23 AM
It's strange. Dunno, was he killed due to beef or what?