|Proof Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||October 2, 1973|
|Date of Death||April 11, 2006|
Proof was an American rapper, songwriter, actor, and hype man who was a member of the groups 5 Elementz, Funky Cowboys, Promatic, Goon Sqwad, and D12. He shared a close bond with Eminem and often served as a hype man at Eminem’s concerts. Proof’s discography consists of albums, tracks, extended play, and mixtapes such as I Miss the Hip Hop Shop, Searching for Jerry Garcia, Electric Coolaid: Acid Testing, Mayor of Detroit, Gurls Wit da Boom, Anywhere, M.A.D. (ft. Rude Jude), Searchin’, and One, Two.
DeShaun Dupree Holton
Proof, Big Proof, Derty Harry, Oil Can Harry, Doody, Maximum
He was born on October 2, 1973.
On April 11, 2006, he was shot dead at the age of 32 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Rapper, Songwriter, Actor, Hype Man
- Father – McKinley Jackson (Music Producer)
- Mother – Sharallene “Pepper” Holton
Iron Fist, Shady Records
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
67 kg or 147.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Proof had dated –
- Sharonda – He was married to Sharonda until his death and they had 3 children together.
Note – Proof also had 2 children from his previous relationships.
Race / Ethnicity
- He was raised by a single mother because his father left his mother before Proof’s birth in order to pursue his career.
- With D12, Proof released the group’s debut studio album Devil’s Night on June 19, 2001, via Shady Records and Interscope Records. The album won the 2002 ECHO Award for “Best Hip-Hop/Urban Artist (International)” as well as peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart and US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart. Also, it was certified ‘2× Platinum’ by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
- D12‘s 2nd and final studio album titled D12 World was released on April 27, 2004, and it peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart as well as the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart.
- In 2002, Proof made his first theatrical film appearance as Lil’ Tic in the drama film 8 Mile. Named one of the best films of 2002 by several publications, the film stars Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, Anthony Mackie, and Kim Basinger.
- On June 15, 2004, Proof released his solo debut studio album titled I Miss the Hip Hop Shop through Iron Fist Records. It includes songs such as E and 1 Equal None, People Hi for Change, Skit-Dolo Speaks 2, Love Letters, Bring It 2 Me (ft. Killa Khann), It Ain’t About Tha, and Play With Myself.
- He brought to life the character of a Basketball Convict in the 2005 sports comedy film The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, James Cromwell, Nelly, William Fichtner, and Burt Reynolds. The film is a remake of the 1974 prison sports comedy film The Longest Yard.
- Proof’s 2nd and final studio album Searching for Jerry Garcia was released on August 9, 2005. The album consists of songs such as Forgive Me (ft. 50 Cent), Purple Gang, Clap wit Me (ft. Brief Encounter), Pimplikeness (ft. Kuniva, Swifty McVay, Eminem, and Bizarre of D12), No. T. Lose (ft. King Gordy), Sammy da Bull (ft. Nate Dogg and Swifty McVay), Slum Elementz (ft. Kon Artis of D12, T3, and Mudd), Biboa’s Theme, and High Rollers” (ft. B-Real and Method Man).
- The album Searching for Jerry Garcia peaked at #8 on the US Independent Albums (Billboard) chart, at #16 on the US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) chart, at #33 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart, and at #65 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
- Proof was a childhood friend of rapper Eminem. In January 2006, Proof was the best man at Eminem’s wedding.
- He was also friends with Royce Da 5’9″ and 50 Cent.
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