R.I.P. Proof:
October 2, 1973 – April 11, 2006

On April 11, 2006, DeShaun “Proof” Holton was tragically killed at the CCC Club in Detroit, Michigan. Proof’s legacy and music, however, lives on. Proof played a pivotal role in Detroit’s underground hip-hop scene. He hosted battles at the famous Hip-Hop Shop and was one of the most recognizable members of D12. His raspy voice and vivid lyrics were trademarks on D12’s two albums — Devil’s Night (2001) and D12 World (2004). He also released his final solo album in 2005, Searching For Jerry Garcia. XXLMag.com celebrates Proof’s contributions to hip-hop by featuring some of his best videos and songs on the anniversary of his death.

D12 “Fight Music” Devil’s Night Interscope, 2001

D12 “Pistol Pistol” Devil’s Night Interscope, 2001

D12 “Instigator” Devil’s Night Interscope, 2001

D12 “My Band” D12 World Shady Records, 2004

Proof “Know Ya Name” I Miss The Hip Hop Shop Iron Fist Records, 2004

D12 “Purple Pills” Devil’s Night Interscope, 2001

Proof ft. 50 Cent “Forgive Me” Searching For Jerry Garcia Iron Fist Records, 2005

Proof “Illa Than an AIDS Patient Freestyle”

  • onysik22

    RIP Proof

    He was a (potentially) legendary rapper, and D-12 and hip hop will never be the same.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    He was def illa than an aids patient. RIP

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  • J Bean

    RIP Big Proof…..You are missed not only by your family and friends, but by your fans….hopefully we will see you again….GOD BLESS!!!

  • Holla

    Even though the situation with his murder was fucked up – he was still a dope rapper imo. He was the only one from D12 – minus Em – that I could listen to. His voice was dope and he had some raw lyrics. R.I.P. Proof

  • ayla

    Rest In Peace Big Proof

  • Mimi

    R.I.P BIG PROOF
    HE WAS THE AMBASSADOR OF HIP HOP AND A GREAT PERSON! REST IN PIECE PROOF

  • http://www.myspace.com/arkaplan - OZ – www.myspace.com/arkaplan

    He was a talented rapper…n a stone on ma Favoritte Rappers Wall…

    REST IN PEACE BIG PROFF…

  • Big Proof 4 Ever

    RIP homie, you will never be forgotten!

  • da real BOSS

    RIP big proof

  • Morris

    R.I.P. BIG PROOF

  • unknown

    RIP PROOF ONE OF THE BEST MC’S OUT THERE!!!

  • RockCity

    R.I.P my Detroit nigga proof

  • http://www.myspace.com/ishq MIFTA

    R.I.P Big Proof
    It was sad seeign him laying in his casket…

    Rapper from Detroit
    http://www.myspace.com/ishq

  • Johnny Rocket

    R.I.P. Proof – you are missed.

  • lexx ruga

    tru street nigga!!!! rip

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      hi alex :] .. lol

  • Knowledge Speaks

    RIP Big Proof

  • jojochicago

    DAM! its been a year already huh??? Rest in Peace my dude! U still missed! Proof 1 luv!

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    Rest In Peace Big Proof

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  • YuNgMuSiC

    R.I.P. proof The D will neva forget cha

  • CMoney

    Rest In Peace Proof. I know your chilling with Bugz up in heaven right now. You will forever leave your mark on Hip-Hop. You will always be one of the Kings Of Detroit. We’ll miss ya! :*-(

  • j

    more then just a weed carrier

  • Murder Inc

    and i got Proof,
    GET IT, I GOT PROOF!

    Ja Rule

  • Young Stunna

    R.I.P Proof, most def my 2nd fav arist outta d12

  • Chris S

    i found some pretty sweet tribute videos to him on youtube. check em out.

    it’s not the same without ya

  • dre4life

    BIG PROOF FOREVER

  • http://www.yahoo.com Kool G

    Hell yea dis nigga was ill i remember when i first heard dis dude he was crankin shit from beginning to end mayn

  • A-Deep

    R.I.P Proof, he had a legendary voice

  • Dipset

    The D12 order is..
    1) Eminem
    2) Proof

    That kid could spit! R.I.P

  • ya dig?

    cant believe its been a year already
    RIP

  • dextrose

    he must die >>> we dont like him he sucks

  • C.Rob

    Proof was cool

  • D-MAN

    all the respect and love BIG PROOF…u r more than what u are and for that Hip-Hop’s in debt 2 u…..RIP

  • R-Killa

    U die next and I’m gonna help U with that U fuckin bitch,U gonna be missed even from your own momma..We ALL miss Dirty Harry(Proof)!

  • Ragzz

    yo fuck you dextrose you bitch you dont know shit

  • Ali

    rip big proof….kurt kobain 1 of my fave songs ever…as if he speakin’ from his grave man

  • halle

    R.I.P DeShaun Holton! the good really do die young. we miss you and its a shame people are noticin how great you are after your passin. cant believe its been a year

  • http://www.myspace.com/rcvthamc RCV tha MC

    RIP BIG PROOF, WE ALL MISS YOU DUDE!!!

  • westcoastin

    RIP BIG PROOF…IT TOOK ME UNTIL AFTER YOUR DEATH TO REALIZE WAT A GREAT ARTIST U WERE…SEARCHING FOR JERRY GARCIA IS AN ALBUM THAT GOT SLEPT ON BACK IN THE DAY…NICE BANGERS ON THAT….PLUS THE DVD IS NUTS…POUR OUT A LITTLE LIQUOR!!!

  • comptongeorge

    fuck ja rule and fake ass murder inc come 2 detroit and i got a funeral 4 u .

  • Cuban Link

    R.I.P. Proof, I can poudly say i realized ur greatness before your death.

    You all shouldve put Kurt Kobain up.

  • JFK

    didn’t he kill someone before he was killed?

  • speedyching

    rip proof. another black talent taken away to soon.

  • rez kid

    damn near went through the roof/when heard the game lost proof/but keep your head up we can make it/because he was livin proof/RIP PROOF

  • Cuban Link

    JFK Says:

    April 15th, 2007 at 8:53 pm
    didn’t he kill someone before he was killed?

    ^No.YOu guys REALLY shouldve put Kurt Kobain and the Like Toy Soldiers video up, both for obvious reasons.

  • mynameis104b1014

    ur all gay

  • KG

    RIP PROOF….one of the best gone but bot forgotten