Proof
Stay Tru

82proof.jpgFor more than a decade, up until his shooting death on April 11, Deshaun Dupree “Proof” Holton was a leading figure on the Detroit rap scene. In the mid-’90s, as host and frequent participant at the famed open-mic night at Maurice Malone’s Hip-Hop Shop, Proof carved out a legacy as an unparalleled battle MC, and—as depicted by Mekhi Phifer in the 2002 movie 8 Mile—played an instrumental role in pushing his friend and rhyme partner Eminem to worldwide superstardom.

Proof was born in Detroit on Oct. 2, 1973, the son of record producer McKinley Jackson. He attended various Catholic schools as a child, and went on to Osborn High in his teens, but dropped out to pursue a career in rap before graduating. He formed a duo, Funky Cowboy, in 1996 with producer J Dilla—who also died earlier this year—and later, the multiplatinum sextet D12. While Phifer’s 8 Mile character, Future, was based on Proof’s real-life persona, Proof himself appeared in the movie as Lil’ Tic—the MC who intimidates Eminem’s B-Rabbit into choking in the opening battle scene.

Always one of Motor City’s most approachable stars, Proof could regularly be found at clubs, restaurants, concerts and bowling alleys, and he continued in his support of local hip-hop. Last summer, he launched his own label, Iron Fist Records, with his solo debut, Searching for Jerry Garcia, and planned on releasing the work of his artists Purple Gang, Woof Pak and Supa MC.

A few weeks before his death, Proof sat at the Iron Fist offices in the Michigan Building, about two blocks from the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit. He was in a good mood, happy with the 50,000 copies Searching for Jerry Garcia had sold, planning an overseas tour with Kid Rock’s DJ, Paradime, and looking forward to starting work on the next D12 album. Shrugging off recent talk of problems within the group, he was quick to defend Eminem against attack, and recounted a recent run-in with one of his camp’s biggest detractors. He also touched on the strange highway shooting of his label mate Obie Trice, his new album, his position in the Motown hip-hop scene and a life that seemed nowhere near finished.

You’ve always stood by your friendship with Eminem. Over the last couple years, he’s taken a lot of heat from certain figures in the industry. In an interview with XXL, Suge Knight tore into him with some pretty venomous statements. He called Em a “racist,” and basically compared him to a slave master.
Well, I had the privilege of meeting Suge Knight. I’m from Detroit, and I guess I don’t understand the fear that some people strike in others. I mean, Suge is doing bad, everybody knows it. The industry banned him. I personally think he shot himself. That’s just me. I mean, what he says don’t even count. When he’s running the record label as a Black man and somebody’s White running a record label, and it’s all the same shit across the board, where’s the slave-master mentality? That makes Suge a slave master if that’s the case. He has a platform to speak from, but most of the things he be saying is bullshit.

Why do you think it’s so popular to rip Em?
High profile! Like I had told Em one time about Suge, if you shut up saying stuff about him, that makes him stronger. If you attack him, you take away the only credibility that he’s got. And that is, the streets believe he’s just some hard-assed muthafucka. But if you approach it like, Yo, he’s not! Like Snoop did on that song “Pimp’d Slapp’d 2 (Fuck Suge Knight),” that shit is hard. ’Cause they’re ain’t nobody saying nothing to Suge. Em had a couple of things they wouldn’t let him say. You know, the labels and shit. If Suge really looks at himself, he destroyed himself. I mean, you had Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac. You got all these big artists, and you’re going to let the streets dictate how to run a record label? It’s like, Okay

I’ve always been in the hood. But just ’cause I got love for rapping and people in general, I don’t give a fuck what color nobody is. A person’s a person. That’s just the way I operate. I’ll get the “Uncle Toms” and all this kind of shit… But me and Em will be dawgs forever. There’s no doubt. There’s nothing that anyone can say to me about Eminem at all. It’s like, just stop it, okay?

You said you met Suge. This was last year, right? You were in Vegas with Trick Trick? What went down that day?
Well, I was upstairs, and they said that Suge was downstairs. So I was like, I’m going downstairs! He’s with like two or three big dudes. When I came down there, Trick was already there, and he said he told Suge he’s gonna have to see me or something to that effect. I’m like, I don’t want to talk to that nigga. Then I was just chillin’ with some friends, and one of the dudes that was with Suge said something to me. I was like, I ain’t messing with that shit. It wasn’t nothing. So then Kid Rock was downstairs. I love Kid Rock to death. Me and Bob go way back, and this night he decides to be the peacemaker. So when I see Suge next to Kid Rock, I wanted to post up just to make sure that Suge wasn’t trying no crazy shit, you know. But he wasn’t. I guess they knew each other. Then Kid Rock says to Suge, “Hey, that’s my childhood friend. Proof! Come here! Come here!” I’m like, man, that’s fuckin’ Suge Knight. I’m not about to come talk to him. But I walk over there, and Suge sticks out his hand. And I’m like, “I ain’t shakin’ your muthafuckin’ hand. Get out of my face with that shit.” He pointed like, “You, you, and you come outside.” I said, “Man, that’s the last thing you told Tupac, and we ain’t seen him since.” Once I did that, the way his face looked was priceless. I don’t try to tell that story too much, ’cause I’m not trying to be that kind of person. But I know the kind of people I’ve been around all my life. Most of the certain ones, I can put them in the same category, ’cause of this look that they’ve got. When I looked at Suge and that shit wasn’t nowhere there, I was like, I can’t believe it. It was almost like a letdown. It was like, This ain’t the guy. This guy can’t be one of them guys. I’m not even one of those guys, but I know them guys, and he’s not one of them dudes.

When you’re in other cities, do you feel like you have to represent Detroit in a certain way—let others know that you don’t take any shit?
If you can survive in Detroit, I’ll be damned if I’ll go anywhere and be hoed out. ’Cause this place is a muthafucka. They say there’s like two or three murders a day in Detroit. They don’t even make the news, that’s how much murder happens here.

Just like all that beefin’ with Suge, I ran into Chris Gotti the other day at the Compuware thing. Kind of the same thing Suge tried to do to me. I know the owner of the Compuware building and his wife, so I wasn’t about to tear up no shit. You know they tried to rush me down in Miami. Which they didn’t do anything. I’m like 165 pounds and five or six of y’all can’t get me. They was all just DJs and kittens. [Laughs.] I walked out with scratches.

Obie Trice was shot this past New Year’s Eve while driving down the freeway. Do you think there was any connection to rap, or was it just an unlucky, wrong-place, wrong-time kind of thing?
I think it’s a Detroit thing, honestly. I was at a show in Toledo when that happened. I drove all the way back thinking the worst shit ever. But it was a good thing the bullet didn’t really penetrate. I’m glad he’s hardheaded. People don’t know that Obie is actually my cousin. But we didn’t find that out ’til later, after being label mates. That’s some wild shit!

You’re known for being out on the scene here in Detroit, and for being approachable, down-to-earth. Has that become more difficult lately?
A lot of times when I’m out and about, I get to hear a lot more shit. When it comes to preserving hip-hop, like there was about to be a big rumble at Northern Lights on Tuesday. I took it upon myself to personally get on the phone and call both sides of the party like, “You’re not going to Northern Lights to fight. This is like the only hip-hop shit we got going in Detroit that’s real, and you guys are not going to fuck it up.” And they didn’t. So with the bad, there’s some good from me being on the scene and knowing a lot of rappers and stuff, so we can still preserve the scene. ’Cause I am the “Mayor of Hip-Hop.”

In that regard, you chose an interesting title for your album, Searching for Jerry Garcia. The Grateful Dead guitarist is not a name that carries a lot of currency in the hip-hop community.
You know what? It’s like a catchphrase when you say it to a Black person. They say, Who? It goes to show how closed minded people can be. Me, I’m open-minded, ’cause my father was a musician. He produced Tower of Power, Jones Girls, Marvin Gaye. Going to Catholic schools made me accepting of people of different cultures. I came across Jerry Garcia on a documentary on a whim. [My friend Mark and] I had just watched Searching for Bobby Fischer, and we’re watching this documentary come on. It says that Jerry Garcia’s demise came from stress, drugs and poor diet. Mark was like, “Fuck Bobby Fischer, that’s who they should be looking for.” And I was like, “Riiight!” He was the epitome of what an artist is. He did jazz, rock, whatever!

You had a lot of high-powered guests on the album. 50 Cent, Nate Dogg, Method Man and B-Real…
Method Man and B-Real! When people say Proof is down-to-earth, it’s because of those two people. I met Method Man in like ’94, when he first came out. He shot me his phone number, and we used to kick it on the phone, talkin’ ’bout doing a song together. We did the song, and it just showed me that once you did get on, you didn’t have to act a certain way. A lot of people tend to take that shit to their head. The things the fans say to you let you know how everybody else acts. When they say, What are you doing here? I live in Detroit for one, and I can come and see titties when I want to see titties! But that just shows you how distant others can be. [Laughs.] I think some people just let it go to their heads. I know that people let it go to their head, ’cause I catch myself in certain situations doing some wild shit. I’m like, That’s really not cool. I can be on the phone and just hang up. I’m like, [to myself], You couldn’t even say bye or anything? Like, where am I going? Maybe I’m distracted? Whatever it is, I know that that wasn’t right. Like, wow—what did I just do?!

I’m sure you don’t mind some of the public attention. But how do you deal with the overzealous fan who approaches you at an inopportune time? Like when you’re eating with your kids or taking a piss in the men’s room or something?
This is one thing I figured out about fans, it’s why I try to be gracious to them: The people at home don’t see the work when they’re at home watching TV. You don’t understand the work behind it. You just share the moment. Say Marilyn Manson’s my man. Say I’m watching Marilyn Manson on TV. I’m just a fan, right? When I see Marilyn Manson, he doesn’t know about my house, but I know my house and where I found my moment with Marilyn Manson at. So I gotta say something to you right? Now, I might say the dumbest shit in the world because I don’t know what to say. I feel like I know you. I don’t know you, but we had this moment at my home. At that moment that I’m talking to Marilyn Manson, he can’t feel what I’m feeling. They don’t share getting the beat, writing the rhyme, going in the studio, shooting the video. When the video’s shot, then we share just this one moment. But you can’t explain that to nobody that’s drunk at the bar.

Back before you were famous, back when Em was crashing at your house way back when. Did you ever imagine how big it would eventually get?
Let me tell you the illest story about what I say when people ask why I didn’t finish high school. I used to wake up, walk over to Em’s house to go to school at lunch. I had this little scam on lunch cards. I stole a bunch of lunch cards and gave them to people, then I would collect money from them at the end of the week. I’d go up there at lunch and stay for about three hours in a row. I’d never go to class! Em said to me one day, “Man, why are you going to high school? We’re gonna be rappers.” I was like, “Okay.” I go and talk to my mother. Say, “Mom, I want to drop out of high school and be a rapper.” She said, “Okay, you just got to get a job.” So I called Em, and I said, “Em, I can’t drop out of high school unless I got a job.” He said, “Okay, I’ll call you back.” He called back like three minutes later and had gotten me a job at Little Caesars. [Laughs.] Just imagine if he had been wrong.

  • DCMadeMan

    Props on the story, R.I.P. Proof!!

  • TATE

    GOOD INTERVIEW,GOOD SHIT.R.I.P. PROOF

  • ReDiCuLouS

    First off, fuck suge knight, big up to Obi. (We waitin’ for that new mixtape Em)Proof is an incredibly skilled, underrated lyricist. The Search For Jerry Garcia is a must have…Rest in Peace.

  • john cochran

    Sounds like that man was a loyal ass nigga. Rest in peace my nig.

  • Belize

    Great Interview..tell me yall aint start laughing about Em gettin him the job at lil ceasar….R.I.P.

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    damn… I hate finding out how ill artists are as people AFTER their demise. RIP Proof

  • JP

    dis was a gud interview

  • http://c-losV,W c-los V,W

    R,I.P BIG PROOF. man ima go get that album SEARCHIN FO JERRY GARCIA any body with me

  • mvance

    Proof real shit

  • MOSES RODRIGUEZ

    R.I.P PROOF U WILL BE MISSED.
    BIG PROOF FOREVER

  • Blaq Mamba

    i didn’t know much about dat nigga Proof, but he was hard as fuk. Dat nigga Proof keep shit real. i like how dat nigga responded 2 Suge’s bitch ass. R.I.P Proof, u’z a real muthafuka.

  • shadygroove

    proof we miss u main….we know u holding it down up there with pac and ol’ marley..see u one day main….R.I.P

  • Shad

    This is a very great piece on an emcee who will be truly missed.

  • DENNAE

    I AM FROM DETROIT BUT I NEVER REALLY KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT PROOF. TOO BAD I HAD TO FIND OUT HOW COOL HE WAS AFTER HE DIED.THIS WAS A GOOD INTERVIEW. I LIKE THE WAY HE HANDLED SUGE KNIGHT.

    R.I.P. PROOF

  • Radon

    that last line is touching…i loved how real that guy was.

  • EnglandRepresent

    Proof was the realness. RIP son, blaze one up with the greatest, Frank White.

  • stonyisland

    another young brother killed over some bullshit, aint nothing to celebrate, to get killed in a seedy strip club over absolutely nuttin is retarded. Rap needs to be banned it’s a weapon of mass destruction to the black community. Cars clothes and hoes is ruining our young seeds into thinking thats what life is about. If it wasnt for little brother and talib, I wouldnt even listen to the shit anymore. fuck rap. I’m bout to go country:)garth brooks and never been shot at or had beef with billy ray whatever the fuck his name is. Rap is dead

  • stonyisland

    is this nigga related to rasheed wallace they could be twins

  • dirtydirty95

    Hey Stonyisland, I agree with you a 100%. I think Rap music has an adverse effect on young black people in America. These rappers don’t care about the black community and their problems. They are sitting in their million dollar estates smoking weed all day and hardly any of them give back to the communities that birthed them. It is not just the artists (if you can call them that) the adults are indirectly affecting their children as well. What is a black young man supposed to think when his mother and father and other adults around him are listening to music that promotes violence, selling drugs, pimping hoes, and getting rich by not working hard but “hustling” as they say. That young man is not going to strive to be businessman or a doctor. He is going to go into the life he hears about to get the easy money. The most recent study shows that 80% of black families do not have a father or male role model in the house. 45% of blacks do not graduate high school. There is a reason and it is time to start taking notice. This country is about being successful and working hard. Are these rappers having the right influence on your children to achieve this dream and ARE YOU?

  • Illest Bitchz

    I’m wit’cha C-LOS…R.I.P. Proof (Fight music was the shit)!!!

  • Gazz

    Gonna miss proof, sick M-C, get “the search for jerry garcia”, top joint ! ! ! R.I.P PROOF

  • King

    R.I.P to a real hip-hop soldier.

  • RAMMY

    This was a great interview, Proof wasn’t the biggest motherfucker but he never backed down, even to a big fuckin fat ass like Suge. He was loyal and a good person that didn’t fear nothin. R.I.P PROOF!

  • Liam

    proof was amazing and he is sadly lost R.I.P proff

  • ReDiCuLouS

    Yo stoneyisland…rap has always been this way….since the shit in the late ’70s son. To me…its all entertainment, yes I used to sell, yes I been to jail, yes I do wear expensive clothes, yes I do have a phat-ass whip…but you don’t see me out there startin shit…at least not killin nobody. I believe what dirtydirty95 sayin’….cause now I’m completely legit. Point bein’ don’t hate the music…hate the people that misinterprate it and use it for evil. Everyone is different, but all hoods are the same. ~Holla~

  • http://www.bookwormbrown.blogspot.com bookworm

    fuck murder!

  • http://c-losV,W c-los V,W

    hey STONYISLAND shut the fuck up. rap aint gonna die, its jus fools wanna proove they’re not pussies. so why dont you quit bitchin, start rappin and change that shit.

    p.s. VANCOUVER,WASHINGTON BABY!

  • Res

    Awesome interview! Peace to Proof! Fuck Suge Knight!

  • Max

    R.I.P Proof. Detroit Stand Up!!!!!!!

  • G-Baby

    Why these ppl on this site if they dont like rap? Dont fuckin ruin a tribute to a fuckin sick rapper…R.I.P Deshaun Holton…D-12 for life

  • BoBo36

    Rest in Peace Big Proof A.K.A. Derty Harry. Stop the Violence. “Real” Hip Hop ain’t dead. You know what it is.

  • TJ

    proof was a very underrated rapper

    rest in peace proof

  • http://dirtythug.com Creepflow

    I know Proof was not scared of anybody or anything.But,he was truly a killa,and somebody should pop that Mario Etheridge nigga.Fa real.

  • Mus Vic

    I got the Searching For Jerry Garcia fo’ a long time now, Proof iz da shit, waz the realest men alwayz keepin it hood and givin’ it back to the community he would be missed and he waz a real street dude and didnt brag that much about it like Game,50, and every nowadayz rapper. thats why Proof iz real! R.I.P. PROOF

  • O.G.

    R.I.P. Proof.

    the good die young.

  • PALACIOS

    NICE STORY

  • ching

    no..the good dont die young, the stupid die young. “rappers rap just to prove they aint pussies”??? are you kidding me? bitch ass. go out and get a real job and b positive and influence the hood in a good way, thats provin that ur not a pussy. i’ve seen little bitches all over tehis country…throwin up signs, wearin colors, and they in places like WASHINGTON?!?! gimme a break. the only hood up there is in the forest for fucks sake. people creatin their own circumstances, and its a joke. packin, talking bout drivin a nice whip, when its a fucking neon er some shit. get real bitch asses. hang up the gangsta goggles and get a job and contribute instead of being shit u not.

  • T-Dot

    I’ve always thought Proof was tight, but he took my respect to a completely different level with Searching For Jerry Garcia. R.I.P. Big Proof.

  • pris

    i think dat interview was da shit n dats fuked up dat proof aint here wit us no mo so RIP proof n i hope u n a better place where u can rap n have no beef wit no 1 maybe u n tupac can blaiz 1.

  • JT

    Etheridge is under police protection

  • mr.candyman

    THAT WAS THE BEST STORY I READ PROOF WAS A GOOD DUDE WISH I COULD HAVE MET HIM THATS WHY EM LOVED HIM

  • greg west

    hey this story was in somewhere else, dont know where I read it but you guys werent the first to have proofs last words. peace out.

  • Jim Jones

    Y U LOT UPSET BOUT PROFF HE DID NOTHING 4 HIP HOP ALL HE WAS EMINEM’S BUM BOY!!

    N HE GOT HIM SELF KILLED BY PULLING THE GUN FIRST ALL HIS FAULT FOR HIS DEATH!!!

  • mr garcia

    This is not the first story I read this in. I know I read this when I went to Detroit. They actually had the last words of proof. xxl did you copy it.

  • ftc

    that nigga deserved to die. Another nigga frontin and living a manufactured plutocratic lifestyle that is about being “hard.” Well, now that son of a bitch is “hard” in the dirt where he belongs after promoting a trifling existence. One less nigga to worry about. Amen

  • http://yahoo big shod

    MAN THAT WAS A TOUCHY STORY. I FELT EVERY WORD THAT NIGGA SAID, THAT’S REAL SHIT. AS FOR STONYISLAND AND DIRTYDIRTY95 YALL SOME HATIN ASS NIGGAS FA REAL. RAP AIN’T DOIN NOTHIN TO NOBODY. I AM 25 YRS OLD AND I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO HIP HOP SINCE I WAS LIKE 7 OR 8 AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO JAIL, NEVER SOLD DRUGS, NEVER JOINED A GANG AND MOST IMPORTANTLY I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND WENT TO COLLEGE. NOW I WORK FOR THE STATE, HELPING YOUNG TEENS MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION IN LIFE. THE WILD THING IS I’M STILL BUMPIN GAME,SNOOP,E-40,DJ QUICK, JAY-Z, DMX, D-12,EM,50,PAC,JADA,MAN I CAN GO ON FOR DAYS. SO DON’T DOWN TALK RAP CAUSE YALL CAN’T CONTROL YO KIDS BITCHES.

  • http://yahoo big shod

    R.I.P TO THA NIGGA PROOF.

  • MR MAGIC

    Stonyislanfd, wtf do u know about the black community u faggot azz whiteboy, rap will never die

  • MR MAGIC

    giv da nigga suge a break, he aint killed nobody

  • Evan

    This fucking retard still killed a man and it doesn’t make it right in any way. I liked proof but if anyone fucking stupid enough to tote pistols, just to fucking think their tuff and cool its fucking dumb and immature. he’s a great example of how really fucking cool it is to fucking shoot people. And self defense just dosent cut it as an excuse casue all he had to do is get the fuck out

  • young a gun play

    R.I.P. my nigga proof, from the moment I heard the verse from the 8 mile soundtrack he impressed me. Yo, fat ass nigga suge knight, I m coming at ya, I think proof wants him to die altough hes in heaven. Fuck this biatch suge

  • Evan

    and shadygroove dont even classify proof with bob marley, you have to remember that bob marley was talented and he could sing. and remember proof could play or sing at all Im not saying that bob marley is better(i do think so) but he is definatley amillion times more talented

  • ching

    BIG SHOD… if you DO work for the state, then god help the kids you supposedly “helpin”. “cus u cant control ur kids, bitches?”
    lemme tell u, its about the adults that pretend to be livin this rap life that MAKE the kids like that. they have no supervision b/c their getto ass parents are poppin out to many kids then sittin on the stoop smokin blunts drinkin 40′s. i see it everyday.
    and u know what? how many single mothers are out there that still keep poppin em out…to getto ass wanna be’s that think its cool to knock up whoever they bang. its the music, the mindframe, and the enviroment that provides the circulation of these problems. kids glorify what they can isentifu with, aka…parents listening to this shit, bangin, and so forth. u need to go back to school with your uneducated ass..”BITCH”.

  • ching

    let ya’ll kill yourselves off.
    ya’ll think this is glory?
    its a joke.

  • LD

    This dude was real!!! He wasnt on some fake gangster shit tryin act hard like the rest of these clowns. I hate the fact muthafuckas have to die for us to find out how good a person they were. RIP Big Proof

  • ReDiCuLouS

    Nigga wants to tote a gun, thats his shit…dont hate on a nigga for totin a pistol, cuz you might be next to hear a bullet whistle, tear thru yo tissue, aint even in XXL,cuz nobody miss u. Bitch-ass trick-ass mark-ass niglets. Stay strapped or stay gettin jacked. ~HOLLA~

  • Quiana

    im feeling what he said about living in Detroit if you live out here and go some where else and get hoed thats a shame cause its rough in these streets and the reporter asked a question that wasnt thought out before asked “Obie Trice was shot this past New Year’s Eve while driving down the freeway. Do you think there was any connection to rap, or was it just an unlucky, wrong-place, wrong-time kind of thing” umm how is riding on the freeway a wrong place wrong time thing just like they say about Proof being at that bar and as u can see he loves being from and in Detroit so he’d go anywhere he wanted in MICHIGAN period there is no wrong place wrong time if it was meant to go down it woulda went down regardless of where like my cousin which was a good friend of proofs was killed last week IN HIS HOME and people gettin killed in churchs out here so there is no wrong place wrong time http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d136/MsQuiana/proofncuz2.jpg

  • Quiana

    HOW THE HELL U FIGURE ?”another young brother killed over some bullshit, aint nothing to celebrate, to get killed in a seedy strip club over absolutely nuttin is retarded. Rap needs to be banned it’s a weapon of mass destruction to the black community. Cars clothes and hoes is ruining our young seeds into thinking thats what life is about. If it wasnt for little brother and talib, I wouldnt even listen to the shit anymore. fuck rap. I’m bout to go country:)garth brooks and never been shot at or had beef with billy ray whatever the fuck his name is. Rap is dead”
    KILLIN WAS BEING DONE BEFORE RAP/HIPHOP so dont blame music on people actions especially a grown mans theres no a song or a movie about to make me go out and do something dumb i am my own person i see a buncha crackheads everyday do that mean ima go smoke crack?? no and its up to parents to teach their kids that music is only music and most of what artist speak about they havent experienced just like movies half the stuffs not real dont blame the entertainment industry for choices people make cause none of those people in the industry even know these fools exist and how u even allow someone that dont know u influence u to make dumb decisions…must notta been to bright in the first place

  • http://www.anannzi.co.za PHONY YAYO

    RIP PROOP

    BUT

    GGGGGGGGGGGG-UNOT

  • http://www.mystyleentertainment.com Jay

    damn, RIP Proof, with out you Detroit has no hip hop forreal…its still a movement going on in Detroit

  • Mizz Choz’n

    I can’t believe some of the comments on here. LISTEN! If you don’t have love for Proof or respect him or aren’t his fan, DO NOT POST!! He was a good person and a real artist, RESPECT that! We miss him! His fans miss him! His family miss’s him! I’m an artist and I knew Proof and all of us who knew him, we don’t appreciate these negative comments. If you don’t like him, then DON”T POST!!

    Detroit, MI

  • shaun

    first off rap makes deosn’t force anyone go and kill people, what about the parents or teacher ministers etc, kids are young so they adapt to what they see, it’s not the rappers fault if they make a hot song that talks about cars, cloths and hos. It’s the parents fault for not explaining to their children that most of that is imagination, I got REAL ice out watches, necklaces, rings etc. And my daughter knows i got it 1000% legit. Come On Quiana Talib keeps it real, But if you listen to the lyrics he says the same shit but in a different way and adds a political message, The young black kids need to have a voice and mind of their own. How can you look up to someone if their just a copycat.

    RIP PROOF……

  • ching

    rediculous
    shut the fuck up. u dont tote shit.
    and u cant bring nothin.
    u justa 12 yr old sittin there waitin for your moms to get back with the bread and milk she got from food stamps. eat some cheese bread fo me opie.

  • Jessica

    Wow. An awesome interview, for sure! It really saddens me to think that we lost such an awesome man, so down to earth. I hope whoever did this pays for what he did. R.I.P. Proof. We all love you!

    Jess

  • mr garcia

    If anyone wants to read the rest of this interview I read it in Detroit Rock city magazine in the april issue. or if you go to http://www.detroitrockcitymagazine they were friend of proof and they did his interview before he died. proof was a great guy. get a hold of them and they will have all of this interview.

  • mr garcia

    detroit rock city magazine is in the same building proof worked out of. they knew proof and he trusted them. they also got exclusive pictures of him before he died. they met up with proof and took pictures of him and purple gang. proof was a great guy and no one would know unless they really truely knew him. much love to you proof.

  • MISTAHFONG

    supa dupa story…
    big up 2 mah man BIG PROFF (R.I.P)
    the real hip hop dude from detroit…
    we gonna miss u forever..
    oh yea..that Searching For Jerry Garcia shit was rocks !!!!
    fuck suge knight..
    gggggg-unotttttttttt….

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  • Mocha

    This was a real good interview. I didn’t know much about Proof other than him being in D12 and being Em’s best friend, but from what I read he was very thought provoking. He was very smart and well respected from what I have heard. It seems that he had the biggest heart that any man could have and people didn’t take that for granted. I like that he had clout and that he backed down to no one. The part about Suge had me feeling as if Proof was my man, that is how proud I was of what he did and how he handled that situation. The part when he said that Suge told him to come outside and he told him that was the last thing that you said to Pac and we haven’t seen him since. I want to print that out and frame it because that was PRICELESS. R.I.P Proof.

  • Shadydog

    None of you negative muthafuckas have any idea what yall talkin about. The world lost more than a rapper when Proof was MURDERED. Da real story aint come out. Can’t wait to check out the book that boy Jake Hall is writing on his life. He’s gonna tell da truth bout this real muthfuka. I hear Big P was tight wit dat nigga. Check out dat dogs Myspace…peace

  • Quiana

    ummm the top portion i posted was what STONY posted and im ASKIN HIM HOW HE FIGURE dont u see the quotation marks SHAUN if u read you would see that

  • mr garcia

    go to http://www.detroitrockcitymagazine.com they have the whole proof interview. check them out the magazine http://www.detroitrockcitymagazine.com xxl is not the first to have the interview. detroitrockcitymagazine has the first interview and they have the whole interview. it was in april issue . xxl got a hold of the story.

  • mr garcia

    http://www.detroitrockcitymagazine.com check out this magazine.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    R.I.P PROOF

    FUCK WACC WALL

  • http://myspace.com/keepeace16 JP

    RIP

  • http://DSFGSDFG.COM GAME 173

    WOW..

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  • http://Hotmail YA-BOI-FRESH

    MANE DAT SAD R.I.P PROOF ~STAY UP D12~

    FRESH

  • Loes

    Yo this is one interview, that will go down in history as one of the best ever….R.I.P Proof my nigga let your legacy live on…….Obie this your year my nigga rep for your cuz…..

  • YoungMoney $$$$$

    RIP Proof ! Luv U gone but will never be forgoten. Fuck Suge Knight i think he had something to do wit dat shit bitch ass nigga u aint fucking real. And fuck all the bitch ass nigaas who had something bad to say about proof. None of u bitch ass niggas wouldnt hava said dat shit to his face cause u would have been the muthafucka he killed in that club on some real shit. and if any of you bitches got something to say bout it im in Baltimore (North East Baltimore) Come get me I Stay Strapped every day so if any u fagets want imma let u taste dese bullets of dis .45. Until then imma be posted feeding da block everyday. YOUNGMONEY $$$$$$$$$ North East Baltimore $ All Bout Money $

  • Evan

    ReDiCuLouS your a fucking retard, your just some tuff internet thug arent you fuck you are rediculus the second you’d pull out your gun you’d shit your pants on the spot. Just casue you think and act like your hard dosent mean your not a stone cold pussy.

  • CLASS CLOWN

    MAN PROOF DIED FIGHTING FOR SOMETHING HE BELIEVED IN LIKE MALCOM X AND MARTIN LUTHER THE KING….TOO BAD FOR PROOF HIS REVLOUTION WAS FOR A GAME OF POOL. –SMH- WHO WILL PLAY PROOF IN 8 MILE 2…? DAVE CHAPELLE I HEARD

  • BIGS UP

    R.I.P PROOF

  • $$$$$$ CREAM $$$$$$

    Goes 2 show that proof was real, unlike some fakes ass rappers out there R.I.P proof will see u sum day

  • ReDiCuLouS

    Yo I was almost worried till deez niggas started jockin’ me and tryin’ to hate….”evan” & “ching” (prolly that wackass Right Thurr pop artist who ran outta money for ghostwriters)…yall re-motivated me…like TIP said…When they stop hatin’, thats when ya worry…so dont come at me talkin sideways when you dont know a nigga. Point bein’, tomorrow it could be you standin’ next to Proof, waitin to be judged, ya lame ass, wack ass lil niglets…step yo game up bitches. Oh yeah, & ya sistas say “Hi mmmmph”…lol…thats my dick in they mouth…& tell yo Aunties to ~Holla~

  • A.K.

    Why people gotta be nagative. This is a time to reflect and appreciate a good soul that has moved on. If you don’t like proof or know anything about it shut the fuck up. CCC isn’t a seedy strip club, it’s a small private joint at 8 and hayez. Come to the D look me up and i’ll take you there. Get your facts straight. R.I.P. Proof Detroit hip-hop for life. 6 and strasburg till my dien dayz

  • KH

    R.I.P BIG Proof yur still tha shit

  • Voiceof Reason

    Lets not forget that this man MURDERED someone!

  • Voice of Reason killa

    Fuck you bitch. Why dont you tell us who killed JFK and Biggy. You must know that cause you don’t know shit about this you piece of garbage. Read the mag bitch and at least you might have a reference point. By the way JFK aint peanut butter you uninformed fuck.

  • http://xxl da brain child

    r.i.p proof..tbe bible says an eye for an eye..proof shot somebody and theres was a retaliation..you cant predict that chit..all i can say is that add another big loss to game…

  • Quiana

    FOR THOSE talkin bout Proof killed Bender you werent there and dont know wtf your talkin about i knew Proof so i figured it was more to the story and this is what i found…..and please believe this story can be possible u not from the D so dont doubt every possibility
    found this post on
    http://www.rapgodfathers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30567

    OK.First off i wanna say that the media and all that shit is WAY OFF!

    For like the past 7-8months i was with Proof EVERYNIGHT. We would go to
    Titty Bar on mondays,Northern Lights on tuesday,any random open mic or Wild woodys on wensday,Hayloft on thursday Friday is St Andrews, Saturday we would go to The State Theater…Ans sunday is whatever.

    OK.Anyway…That night P got Killed…him and Super Mc(Artist on I.F.) was supposed to come over to the lab(P was comin thru cuz we got a new lab)
    So when i see him earlier that smae day..it was kinda strange.He said”hey Hash how ya doin sir”(just somethin he always said)i said “chillen same ole shit” and i in return said the same thing back…..but he never answered me…I thought nothin of it.About 2 hours later,I was in his(p) office playin Xbox 360(NBA 2k6) and he was like “alright hash ill see u later on tonight im gonna come bye” and i was like fa sho..Gave him a pound and said in a min…..that was the last time i seen or spoke to him(except the Funeral).

    OK the way all this shit is bein broadcast around tv and the net is just crazy

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT..BELEIVE IT OR NOT!!!
    Ok..P new that Bender dude..They went to the same highschool.Benders people own that after hours spot they were at.First off Proof didnt Cary A WEAPON. they were arguing over a pool game and niggaz was talkin shit..(as always) . P was on his way out of the club when some Bitches he knew just arrived…So they (P) went back in.

    The bender dude bumped P while they were in there on some ole Hatin ass shit. Well one thing led to another and P beat the shit outta bender.
    Benders cousin is a bouncer at that spot..(Thats the faggot ass nigga who shot P) Benders cousin seen P whoopin on his cousin’s ass.

    To make a long story short……The bouncer dude tried to shoot P….but missed and hit his cousin(Bender). The bouncer nigga was so inraged that he Shot P 4 times twice in the head in once in the shoulder once in the back. REAL TALK!!! The news and shit says P was killed outside the club..BULLSHIT! He was shot in the Club,and they moved the body outside by the pole.

    Thats what REALLY HAPPENED.

    And everybody will know when they broadcast the Results of the Autopsy and find out Thier is no gun powder residue on Proof. They said he was on drugs and shit.NO. All P had in his system was alcohal and tobacco.

    REAL MUTHAFUCKIN TALK..

    R.I.P……..Matter of fact….ima say WATCH IN PEACE cuz anybody that ever knew or met P knew that he never rested.

    You guys will see.P has like 4 albums recorded. And like a 2 months before this shit happened. He recorded and documented a act ive never seen or heard of…HE MADE A WHOLE ALBUM IN 24 HOURS!!!!! I was there. It was filmed to. Yall will see.

  • Quiana

    and AK u dont know what the hell u talkin about CCC is an illegal after hours club on 8 and GRATIOT

  • datniggasam

    first of all, it was a priviledge to have Proof amongst us, those who whr closs to the nigga sure do miss em. his good deeds is what people should look up to. a coin has two sides dont forget that. R.I.P Proof

  • ching

    REDICULUS…”jockin u”..lol, thats some shit from like 1982. ya gotta be kiddin me. its not just hatin on u, ITS HATIN ON UR ATTEMPT AT FLOWIN…lol. thats right bitch, “not even in XXL cus nobody miss u….c’mon. ur the wack ass…i laugh at you.

  • alaina ables

    RIP PROOF YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BABY BOI AND HOPEFULLY YOUR KILLER IS ROTTING IN HELL

  • oc

    hey proof i loved you man, hope ur still making beats where ever you are.
    R.I.P

  • ching

    u talk alotta brag bout knowin proof. how i aint never heard of you QUIANA????

  • malcolm

    My brother was at club ccc that fatal night. He even got an autograph from proof
    quiana is right.that’s what really happened. the truth is mario entherige saw proof beating the shit out of his cousin to the point where his face was bruised up and his nose was bleeding.So instead of taking it like a man, mario decided to pull out a gun instead. while the 2 men were fighting, that when he started shooting. 4 bullets hit proof and 1 bullet hit keith bender in the forehead..

    The club was own by bender and his peoples. they were celebrating his good news of his heart condition. after the shooting they locked 8 of the 11 witnesses inside the club and would’nt let them leave until they all agreed on one story to tell the police. Is’nt it ironic how these people just so happened to be associates and co workers of club Mario etherige? but anyways, all the evidence was contaminated and things were changed around. the truth is, proof really died a little after 3:15am. The employees did’nt call the cops until 4:30am because they were busy trying to set things up right.
    and yes there were cameras!! i’ve been at club ccc dozens of times, you can ask anybody and they’ll tell you.

    you guys may think i’m bullshitting but this is the honest truth. and when the ballistic tests comes back this will prove me right..this will prove that proof’s gun never went off and that the same bullet that killed him matches the same exact bullet that killed keith..

  • HASH’SBABY

    IF THAT’S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT MOTHERFUCKAS NEED TO COME FORWARD AND CLEAR PROOF’S NAME..YES I KNOW PEOPLE GET KILLED FOR SNITCHIN, BUT IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO..WHY HAVE PEOPLE THINKING YOUR A KILLER WHEN YOUR REALLY NOT?

  • SARAH

    all we know is what we’ve heard or read. which has since been disputed and refuted. it’s odd to me that a dead man is being accused of murder but without any weapons or ballistics? from the very beginning i knew there was something fishy about the story, like how it kept on changing and how certain things did’nt add up..when you think about it, there’s no concrete evidence that proves proof shot this man, exept for disputed witness accounts. I don’t know, but it seems to me that someone knows more than they are saying..It’s just funny how the media had 10 different versions of what happened in just less than a week.

  • http://www.rhymesayer.com conductor halazu

    there’s two sides two all stories so some other people must come foward. pleaseTry;www.undergroudhiphop.com

  • Quiana

    CHING wtf are you talkin about u dumb ass as if you know me just because he did get a clue i done hung wit da nygga MY COUSIN CHOP WAS HIS CLOSE FRIEND and Chop just got killed too and we wonderin if its connected but dont think just cause i know da nygga ima be known too u retard and if you READ THAT STORY I POSTED IS WHAT I PASTED FROM HASH’S SITE

  • Henry

    yo proof really did keep it real. i luv how he told suge that he ain’t gonna do him like he did tupac, that wuz great. & then figuring that he wuzn’t as tough as people make him out to be. proof put suge in his place. hopefully proof will reunite with all the great fallen soldiers in music.

    r.i.p. proof

  • EMCEE STREETS

    AND SO THE STORY GOES, WE ALWAYS SEEM TO SEE THE TRUTH BUT IT IS ALWAYS DENIED. LOOK AT PAC, BIGGIE, BIG L, CAMO, THE LIST GOES ON. AND NOW ITS THE SAD TRUTH THAT PROOF IS ON THE GROWING LIST. I KNOW FROM COMMON SENSE THAT PROOF WAS MURDERED, ITS JUST A DAMN SHAME THAT WHOEVER RESPONSIBLE WILL NEVER GET WHAT THEY DESERVE.A FUCKIN DIRT NAP NEVER TO BE FOUND AGAIN. HUSTLE TIL FORTY THEN STOP, YOU CAN SLEEP WHEN YOU DIE!!! MC STREETS. SPEAK THE TRUTH. STOP SNITCHIN.

  • ching

    QUIANA

  • ching

    QUIANA…I just asked b/c we were tight. i aint never heard of u is all. u sed u were hangin with him but the peeps dat was with him the final day seem to have a much differant story. of where he was, and what he was doin before ccc.

  • tianna

    it’s over and done with.

    why can’t we have a simple coversation about proof without you people having to bring up all these crazy theories and accusations?

  • http://www.myspace.com/unklesamm Unkle Samm

    First off, R.I.P. to Proof. He will be missed. Second, great article. I thought it was great timing how you got that article right before he died. I learned things about him i never had. PROOF HAD BALLS! “I ain’t shakin’ your muthafuckin’ hand. Get out of my face with that shit.” Anyone who can say that, we need to raise up, and respect. Suge is a ruthless kat, and not just anyone could say that. I don’t like Suge, and to hear about that I was like: “YEUH! Proof aint scared.”

    Just my thoughts

    Unkle Samm Rizza RecordZ 4 Life!

  • http://neopets.com/guilds/guild.phtml?id=1333829 Anndrea

    I prolly don’t fit in but I have got to say, when i found out about proofs murder i almost cryed. He left his friends and his family.. its so horrible how people die over something as stupid as a fight. According to the story his murderer is telling, If Proof dint get shot, he would be in jail for life if he really killed that guy. ALl i can say is that Proof will be missed and i hope the best for his family and friends, and especially Eminem, your in my thoughts Mr. Mathers. L

  • Corwin

    Okay, first off, to anyone who said Proof deserved it because he was toting, HE WAS NOT TOTIN SHIT so shut the fuck up! Mario’s shitty aim killed his ousin and then he was angry with proof over his own stupidity – and then he shot Proof

    I would have snitched indubidably. People need to forget this stop snitching shit for a minute and do what’s right! The police should be protecting witnesses by lkettin em go anaymous so they don’t get killed for snitching. I am glad some of them have spoken out about what really happened. The police only havethis theory that Proof shot first because the stupid staff from the club concocted that lie. Proof was the one who fought in self defense, not the other way around

    To ALL of Proof’s family, friends, extended family, colleagues and bandmates – my love goes out to all of y’all. And I hope Mario chokes on his own spunk and dies painfully

    This violence is getting insane now and it has to stop

    Rest In peace Proof

  • malcolm

    you guys can live in La-La land all you want to and believe the crazy ass media, but just know one thing: keith bender was killed…Proof was murdered

  • Quiana

    CHING ONCE AGAIN READ….i didnt say i was hanging wit him around the time he died THAT WHOLE STORY THAT I POSTED IS WHAT HASH said on rapgodfather jesus christ get it right

  • ching

    u better watch who u talkin to like dat, for real. dont forget that.

  • bluerid

    proof can u please talk to marshall for me?i overstepped some major boundries by getting myself unnessesary in trouble by getting hospitalized again.i dont take medication no more i dont want to do anything that can possibly harm him.i dont smoke anymore to and am going to excersise and get my life back on track.i want him back forgood.

  • bluerid

    i miss him and it hurts like hell.

  • Baby C

    anybody who thinks that proof isnt hard or that he deserved to die or that he wasnt a g u all are fuckin idiots…hes from detroit one of hardest cities in america to grow up in bet he was harder than all u faggots on this site

  • Baby C

    he was a hip hop icon without him there would be no em and no d-12 and the man had to carry heat on him especially after what happened to his cousin obie trice

  • John

    Yo, R.I.P. my man Proof. Love how he acted to Suge, reppin his homie. Fuck yeah man. The only beef I got with this article and the other articles on Proof in this issue of XXL is that ya’ll fail to mention Promatic, a side project Proof was doing. It was him and Dogmatic. Ya’ll needa do some research before you do this shit. Hit up Dogmatic cuz dude was real hurt by all this shit. I talked to him and dude already has a bunch of tribute songs to him. Check out his myspace man. Bunch of shit. Alright keep it real XXL and do your damn research. RIP Proof and get better Bizarre’s wife who was recently shot.

  • Quiana

    ching Says:

    June 14th, 2006 at 10:44 am
    u better watch who u talkin to like dat, for real. dont forget that

    lmao watch who im talking to? IM TALKIN TO NOBODY your nothing but letters on a screen its not my fault you cant comprehend and if i dont watch it what u gonna do? LMAO NADA

    anyone talkin down on proof throwin salt on his name is just mad they didnt and couldnt do what he did wow hating a on dead man how lame can you be exactly what Biggie meant about jealousy and envy WOW get on the level he was on then hate until then stfu

  • Sillyrabbit

    I read the last questions and I cried.I’m an emcee and music producer in Thailand.I was 16 when EM released Slim Shady LP.Then D12 … I got all theirs albums (except Curtain Call).
    Eventhough now aday I don’t really like their songs anymore,but I miss those old days.

    You inspired me.
    So sad to see you’re gone.

    Always remember !

  • malcolm

    people are so wrapped around the media story..i can’t wait until the truth comes out and everybody who ever doubted proof or called him a killer will feel soooo stupid.

  • tonya

    this is a great interview..damn, i did’nt that much about proof..he seemed like a really cool person

  • Quiana

    something else i found on another site and for all those that doubt Proof being innocent this adds to things that makes u go hmmmm

    NOTICE the quotation so this ISNT my story

    “CongosomethinGirl”
    humm actually my boy Dirty Chuck was there, I ain’t gonna say much but he told me that someone else is involved in the shooting and his name is Horny Mac he ran outside when he got shot in the hand left Proof inside, man I can’t say much but this sounds like the same story he told us and no proof wasn’t talkin down no mann, Proof forgot something in the club that’s when he went back to get it got killed. everyone that was there is related to Bender, Bender’s cousin is the Triple C’s owner and Mario Called his uncle who is an officer to give him advices befopre he turn himself in to the police, Bender got himself a lawyer and then they came up with a story

  • Deja

    RIP Proof…
    That last line was so big…and he will surely be missed!! Great interview…and I too am disappointed i didnt know much about him until after his demise!
    Much love Proof, and my condolences to his loved ones!

  • SIX MILE SHORTIE

    This nigga dead man I cant fuckin believe it man That Club right up the street from where i be at i stay on six mile and hayes that happened on eight mile and hayes so i cant believe that shit man i was plannin on goin on and doin some songs wit him ya dig But tha lord needed another soldier to stand wit him so i’ll fall back for a minute ya know
    First Blade now Proof Obie got shot what tha fuck is goin on

    Well I’m on my detroit shit

    R.I.P Proof,Blade,WIPEOUT,Joann,Twon all my niggas dat died R.I.P

  • SIX MILE SHORTIE

    What tha fuck? stonyisland is he even black man rap dont create problems for nobody if you dont like it dont listen stupid!!In actualatity rap prevents some crimes from happening you know cause its been many nights i would of been robbin killin if it wasn’t for lil’ wayne shit ya know I’d rather sit in da crib and listen to his shit or tha dipz ya dig not sayin im a totally innocent nigga i did my dirt still doin it but let me put you in on something i’m only 17 wit all dis wisdom so if you dont like rap take your ass to cmt(country music television)and bang garth brooks it aint like them muthafuckas totally innocent either Garth probably fucked his brother girl or had 9 babies with his cousin or something.So fuck off and keep yo mouth close bitch.Sorry moma for using profane language.

    BUT I’m ON MY DETROIT DUKEY BOY

  • http://xl.com dipset420

    r.i.p proof dipset allday fukk gay z

  • brian

    quiana, do all us all a favor and just disappear

  • Quiana

    ANOTHER POST I FOUND OF A WITNESS STORY FOR THOSE SAYIN PROOF IS A MURDERER

    ok this is what happened, i was looking on youtube for some proof videos and i was looking through comments and some people were saying shit like proof got what he deserved, and one guy said he was their and all the media and shit is a lie, he left his email so if anyone wanted questions they could email him so i did and this is what he has to say about it, im not saying its true i just thought it might be an interesting read. Tmaka
    __________________________________________________ _______________

    Okay let me start off by saying I am not a admirer of proof, eminem or d12. So don’t think I’m some crazed fan who’s just making shit up. This is a murder not a game. I’m putting this out there because a man is getting away with murder.. Another man is being accused of murder and a family is being sued for something their son didn’t do. It’s just not fair at all. What you’ve all read and heard are different versions provided by Mario Entherige, his lawyer Mr. Upshaw and 6 witnesses who were also employees at club CCC and associates of Keith Bender (Notice how all this is coming from one side). But seriously, the way this story is being broadcast on T.V. and around the net is just ridiculous and beyond exaggerated!! Mario Entherige is the key player in this scenario. What I’m about to tell you is what exactly happened on April 11, 2005..

    THIS IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.!!!!

    Okay, proof knew Keith bender, so this just wasn’t some random stranger..

    It was around 2:30am. Proof, Horny Mac, Gerald Gadie and another man came into the club. After a few drinks they decided to head over to the pool table where Keith bender, an unidentified man, Malcolm and Mario Entherige were playing pool. Keith, Mario and their crew were celebrating the good news of Keith’s health. Proof and his crew decided to join and put money down on the game. When proof started to lose, that’s when all hell broke loose. One of the guys accused Keith of cheating and demanded their money back. But they refused. After a few heated words, Proof and his crew got up to leave. While they were heading towards the exit, that’s when they ran into 2 lovely ladies. Proof and his crew went back in. Proof hollered at one girl and the other guy hollered at the other. I must say that Proof seemed a little drunk that night. He was wobbling back and forth and just laughing for no reason. Keith bumped into Proof and all I remember is Keith saying “get your drunk ass out the way” Proof said something, but I can’t remember exactly what it was. But anyways, Keith was complaining to the other guy about proof, saying that he was acting crazy..Proof went over and got up in Keith’s face. He said something like “you want this? Huh? Huh? you want some of this? huh *****?” Keith then punched proof and that’s when the 2 men started fighting..

    Proof was beating the shit out of Keith to the point where his face was bruised up and his nose was bleeding. Mario came and saw proof getting the best of his cousin, so he pulled out his gun and fired 2 shots in the air…The two men stopped fighting. Keith went to the other side of the room to cool off and proof was moved near the bar. We was telling him to calm down. But then One of proof’s friends handed him a silver gun and that’s when proof went over to confront Mario about him pulling his gun out first. I remember Mario saying “I don’t care who you are”.. Keith knew how drunk Proof was, and that he was in no condition to be holding a loaded weapon. So to protect others, Keith came from behind and started attacking proof. He was trying to get the gun out of his hand.

    At this time, we’re all thinking “okay this is about to get violent. They better be careful before that gun goes off”. While the 2 men were tussling, Keith finally got a hold of the gun. While they were still going at it, that’s when Mario came and just started shooting towards proof..Everybody’s panicking and loosing control

    Proof was hit 4 times (twice in the head, once in the shoulder and once in his lower back) and Keith was hit once In the forehead. They both fell down. The truth is, one of Mario’s bullets hit Keith in the midst of the shooting. I know this for a fact because both him and proof fell down at the same time and proof’s gun was still in Keith’s hand. So there’s no way Proof could have shot this man..

    After the shooting, Mario told his friend Shawn to take Keith to the hospital and that he’ll meet him there on the way. Mario quickly left the scene. Keith’s face was pretty fucked up. He was bleeding profusely from his wound. He was still alive, but was shaking uncontrollably, as if he was having a seizer. Proof on the other hand, was just laying there on his stomach in a pool of blood..Unfortunatley he died immediately after being shot. The news say he was shot outside of the club, but the truth is, he was really shot inside. The employees moved his body outside by the pole to make it look as if the fight started there.

    NOW HERE’S WHERE THE STORY GETS TRICKY

    There were 11 witnesses altogether. 3 were employees at ccc, 2 were friends of Keith bender, 3 were friends of proof, 1 was malcolm, 1 was a associate of Mario entherige and 2 was just random people..Is’nt it ironic that most of the witness where associates and co-workers of mario entherige?..but anyways, after the shooting, one of the employees, who I will refer to as “T”, locked everyone inside the club and wouldn’t let them leave until they all agreed on one story to tell the police. They did’nt want to call 911. Ins tead they wanted to place the shooting at a different Location. Those who didn’t want to participate, which included proof’s friend Gerald, left the scene. He’s the one that took proof to the hospital..

    The Police said it themselves that they have in no way made any conclusions of who, why or how keith bender was shot.. The conclusions were made by the magazines, newspapers and media..The mistake they made in the articles was saying police said proof shot first, when really they should have said that’s what some of the witnesses claimed. These people were friends of Mario and Keith. They owned that night spot. So of course there not going to say “Mario was the Bad guy”. All the evidence was contaminated and all the blood was cleaned up. The truth is, Proof really died a little after 3:15am, but the employees didn’t call the cops until about 4:30am because they wanted to get everything together.. If a shooting occurs and a person dies, aren’t you suppose to call the cops right away? and if the cops aren’t called until like an hour later, then what does that tell you? Doesn’t that seem a little suspicious?. AND FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO KNOW, YES THERE WERE CAMERAS!!! I’ve been to club ccc thousands of times and there was always a camera at the entrance and one near the bar. You can ask anybody who’s ever been to that club and they’ll tell you. These so-called witnesses tempered with the evidence to hide the truth..

    People can live in fantasy land and believe the crazy ass media all they want to. But just know these 5 facts

    1. Mario is no damn hero..Proof was murdered in cold blood, not self defense. He killed proof because proof was beating up his cousin real bad. He couldn’t take it like a man, so he decided to pull out a gun instead. Just like the countless people in Detroit, who’d rather use guns to solve all their petty problems

    2. Mario’s irresponsible actions caused the death of DeShaun Holton and also caused the death of his own cousin, Keith Bender.

    3. Proof, A dead man, is being accused of murder but without any weapons found, surveillance cameras or ballistic results? Come on now, how can people not smell something fishy about that? And also the fact that the story kept on changing. Isn’t it funny how the media already had 7 different versions of what happened in less than 2 weeks? Hmmmmmm

    4. There’s no way Proof’s gun could have went off because Keith was still holding on to it.
    When the ballistic test comes back, this will reveal everything. That’s where the truth lies: BALLISTICALLY

    5. The only reason Mario turned himself in is because everyone knew he was the killer..He basically had no choice. And also, his uncle who is a police officer, suggested that he get himself a lawyer and do the right thing..and that’s exactly what he did..
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    This may seem very hard to believe, but before you start doubting, just remember this: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN DETROIT. People get shot everyday for the stupidest reasons. Malcolm was almost killed last week, because according to his friends, he knew too much about the case. After going over this story numerous times and sharing it with others, We came to this conclusion:

    Keith Bender was killed…Proof was murdered.

    “WORD TO THE WISE”

    If your going to shoot a person, Don’t shoot them while their fighting your cousin, because most likely he’s going to get hit too

  • Quiana

    hold on

    brian Says:

    June 23rd, 2006 at 9:49 pm
    quiana, do all us all a favor and just disappear

    DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND STOP READING YOU DONT HAVE TO READ NOTHING ON THIS SITE OR COME TO IT SO STOP BITCHING AND DA FUCK IM GOIN TO DISAPPEAR FOR BRINGING THE TRUTH? HOW BOUT YOU GO PLAY IN TRAFFIC

  • brian

    why don’t you let his nuts arest in peace?

  • Quiana

    let his nutts arest in peace….you so fuckin cool you lame like i said you dont have to read ANYTHING I TYPE OR POST SO THEREFORE YOUR BITCHING FOR DOING SOMETHING YOU CHOOSE TO DO get off MY TITTIES ya lame

  • brian

    ^^LOL this bitch is sad

  • Quiana

    im sad but yet you keep bitching your lame and continue to keep reading must be entertain your dumb ass if you coming at me with something that has nothing to do with Proof if you aint got nothing to say about him why you steady replyin STFU and move on cause the only thing you can do about it is click the X or stfu cryin

  • http://dertyslilsisyahoo.com Mschief “dertyslilsis” McLean

    I would like to say thanks for the love XXL that you gave to my protector, best friend and only blood brother that I had…. He will be missed by many his name will carry on forever!! He was brilliant and he taught me that you can acheieve whatever you want in life as long as you work hard, keep it real, and stay humble…. He was not a killer he was fighter when he had to be but not a killer and I cant wait til that it proven!! Big Proof forever!!

  • kb

    R.I.P. We miss you mayne.See you 1 day homie.

  • http://www.aftermath.com/www.gunitworld.com Curtis Jackson

    wuddup yall its ya boy 50 Cent i just wanna tell yall that Proof was a real fuckin nigga ya feel me. Just because i got shot 9 times thats shit compared to ma nigga proof

    GGGGGGG G-unit R.I.P. Proof

    FUCK GAME…..THE GAMES OVER

  • pooch dogg

    tell me now where this stupid ass proof i don’t like niggaz like d12 ” hey proof you talk you gonestupid ass nigga “

  • Libby

    u r 50? lol

  • tha doc

    proof was murdered not killed in self defence is wat i just read right thats a motherfuckin bitch rest in peace homy jerry garcia is a dope album

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