July 2006

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“Yesterday & Today”

D12 and XXL remember the life of Deshaun Dupree “Proof” Holton. R.I.P.

Features
“If You Ain’t Gangsta”

He’s been making movies for 15 years now, recently killed it in reality television and is releasing a new album after a six-year hiatus. So, is Ice Cube an MC, a heavyweight Hollywood big dawg or both? He’ll let you know.

“Speaking So Freely”

He was publicly booted out of one of the biggest crews in hip-hop, and somehow survived. With his album finally on its way, what a battle it’s been for DJ Green Lantern.

“Live in the Sky”

Marshall reminisces over his memories of his best friend.

“Love & Appreciate”

Bizarre, Kuniva, Kon Artis, Obie Trice and Paul Rosenberg reflect on their loss.

“Stay Tru”

Two weeks before he was killed D12 member Proof sat down to talk about Detroit City, Eminem, Suge Knight and his album, Searching for Jerry Garcia. Who would have thought then that it was going to be his last interview ever? We bring you Proof’s last words.

“What You Know”

It’s the first time anyone’s ever been caught for the murder of one of our rappers. Since then, there’s been nothing but controversy. So we did our own investigation to see what happened the night Proof was gunned down.

“In These Streets”

If you’re a real rap head, this is not the first time you’ve heard about some drama up in Detroit. We take a look at the Motor City and its recent epidemic of violence.

“Pop U”

He’s got the corny crew and the White people loving him. He’s at the Super Bowl, the Grammys and everywhere in between. Yeah, we’re saying it—will.i.am is the new Wyclef. Watch out for the takeover.

“The Otherside”

There’s more to Atlanta than OutKast and snap music. You’ve also got Da Backwudz, two cousins from the Dirty trying to use their rap skills, poetry and antimaterialistic ways to shake hip-hop up.

Departments

EDITORIAL

Yellow Nigga rants and raves.

FIRST OF THE MONTH

Hold y’all heads up, Kim and Shyne.

360

And Time magazine thought Diddy was so influential…
8Ball: Jim Jones
Truth: Daz Dillinger
Hip-Hop Junkies: Bob Saget
Move the Crowd: E-40 brings the Bay to L.A.

SHOW & PROVE

1. Young Dro
2. Plies
3. Potzee
4. Currency
5. Young Leek

EYE CANDY

Gypsy’s body language is loud and clear.

THE SHOW

Aqua socks will keep you cool this summer.
How We Do: DJs go international.
Fashion: Hottest swimsuits for the season
Flow: Board shorts to catch the big waves
Walk This Way: Get your aqua socks here.
Freestyle: An office chair with attitude
Games People Play: Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Reign of the Tech: New gadgets to replace your old gear
Full Clip: DVD reviews to swear by

CRITICAL BEATDOWN

The Jump Off: Obie Trice
Classic Material: Warren G.
Train of Thought: Lupe Fiasco
Official Bootlegs: Freeway
Ill Techniques: G-Spot
Spin Cycle
Production Credit: Play-N-Skillz
Chairman’s Choice: Mr. Lif

XXIT

Big Proof Forever

  • http://JULY2006Edition Elaine Hamilton

    Where can i buy the edition of xxl July 2006 edition with D12 on the front cover.

  • Bayarea_mexican

    no bay area rappers in show and prove :(

    they should have put the team, or clyde carson in the show and prove they signed with the game and black wallstreet, or sna quinn, the jacka, or young dru and even Bailey there are so many rappers out here that shouldnt be slept on, and who is young dro why is XXL ridin ATl’s dick??? first yung joc with no original stle than young dro, why these niggas bitin bay area names like young dro, from young dru and rick ross from rick ROCK

  • chuyloc

    fuck the gay area

  • http://myspace.com/bruceleroymusic bruce leroy

    INTERSCOPE MUST OWN YOUR MAGAZINE NOW…NO DISRESPECT TO HIS FAMILY BUT NO ONE CARES ABOUT RAPPERS DYING ANYMORE THAN THE NEXT PERSON…PROOF WASNT EVEN A D LIST CELEB AND WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD ANYONE SAY D-12???? EMINEM AINT EVEN DROPPED A MIXTAPE AND HIS SHIT IS GETTN MORE AND MORE WACK SO WHY IS THERE A COVER? IT WILL SELL I BET JUST LIKE YOUR SOULS

  • pancho

    rest in peace proof,but what bruce saids its tru.

  • Fuck Bruce

    First thing, there hasnt been a d12 album in 2 years and everyone forgot about them. Second thing is look when they album came out 2 years ago. They waz poppin son stfu typin a fuckin speech just to hate on them getting the cover. Your the type of bitch who looks up to violence like it’s okay and cool. stfu and stop watchin tom cruise movies u faggit

  • Maxim (South C – Nigga)

    it has been said before and i’ll say it again, fuck the gay section and all the other sickening niggas that prefer male ass rather than some good wet pussy.
    R.I.P Proof!

    shout out 2 all ma niggas in SOUTH-C, Nairobi.

  • http://deleted Gazz

    who the fuck is this “bruce leroy” dis-respecting proof and his family and any other family of rappers who have passed away. this bitch needs to get some respect, wait till he’s dead and nobody cares!!!!! fuckin pussy!! this magazine would sell even if it didnt talk about dead rappers! in my mind proof is a-list just like eminem!!

  • http://MINDSTATELA.COM ARSANIC

    PROOF WAS A RAPPER I TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH DIDNT LIKE HIS STYLE BUT HE SEEMED LIKE A GOOD DUDE AND HE HELP PUT ONE OF MY FAVORIT M.CS ON THE MAP THEN I HEARD WHAT HAPPEND TO HIM BOUGHT HIS CD AND DAMM HE DID HAVE SOME SKILL ALOT MORE THEN SOME SELLING ARTIST OUT RIGHT NOW, HIP HOP LOST ANOTHER HUMAN BECAUSE OF GUNS AND BULLSHIT, NOT JUST HIM BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER MAN THAT DIED TO THAT SOMEONE LOVED SO ITS A LOSE LOSE SITUATION I HOPE THEY BOTH REST IN PEACE BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH APART OF THIS HIP HIP LIFE STYLE AND IT COULD HAPPENT TO YOU!!!!!!!!!

    ” IT AINT THEM THATS KILLING US, ITS US THATS KILING US” PAC

  • Jon

    Proof is one of the illest emcees period. He was better than %95 of the bullshit in heavy rotation right this moment and would’ve tore apart ur favorite rapper battlin, hands down. The man was extrememly nice wit it and we suffered a great loss on April 11, 2006. He rapped for the love of this great culture and if you can’t respect that, u really don’t know shit. RIP Big Proof, J. Dilla-Forever in our hearts…

  • bruce leroy

    first of all i dont know where i was at when that d-12 album you talkin about was POPPIN…second of all…capitalizing offa mans death to sell a magazine is some bullshit…i dont see slum village or tribe called quest on the cover with the “remembering jay dilla” story…well wheres the wu tang and odb cover? didnt you say the mag would sell anyways? they didnt get shot so i guess its not that interesting of a story? point being humans beings die and sometimes they’re celebrities

  • Bayarea_mexican

    FUCK CHUYLOC, THAT BITCH IS ANOTHER BAY AREA HATER HE CAN EAT A DICK AND DIE, FUCK YOUR AREA SON, I BET THE RAPPERS ARE WHACK WHERE YOUR FROM, COME TO THE BAY AND SAY THAT SHIT BITCH

    AND THAT FOOL THAT SAID PROOF SHOULDN’T HAVE THE COVER, YOUR RETARDED, YOU HAVE TO REMIND PEOPLE ABOUT A DETROIT LEGEND AND PAY TRIBUTE, PEOPLE WERE PISSED WHEN HE WASN’T ON THE LAST MONTH COVER HE DESERVES IT, SHIT HE WASN’T EVEN IN LAST MONTHS MAG, XXL LISTENED FOR ONCE

  • Res

    R.I.P. BIG PROOF

  • alleyeCNtower

    “NO DISRESPECT TO HIS FAMILY BUT NO ONE CARES ABOUT RAPPERS DYING ANYMORE THAN THE NEXT PERSON”

    hot damn, that’s some cold ignorance. Black people, I love you but why do you gotta think that way?

    EVERY SINGLE LOST LIVE SHOULD BE CARED FOR… EVERY LAST ONE.

    enough education, I’ve given enough energy to the negativity.

    this is a good look, Elliott. I love the multi-faceted levels you break down in XXL stories. There are so many aspects involved in the environment and circumstances that culminated in a millionaire Black man being murdered in a grimy after hours club… I hope all Black people learn from this story.

    FUCK STOP SNITCHING, IN 2006 IT’S: STOP SHOOTING EACH OTHER

    peace.

  • FUCK BRUCE LEE

    “first of all i dont know where i was at when that d-12 album you talkin about was POPPIN”

    ha did u mean FIRST OF ALL I DONT KNOW WHERE “U*” was at when that d12 album was popping? damn u answered your own statement if you meant yourself lmfao but it questions me, ask anyone if d12 is doin they thing when they next album come out. i bet they wont hate u just on the internet reading blogs of what other lifeless fucks do. goddamn atleast get off the computer and go watch tv live your life inside ur broken trap lmao 1

  • jcnkr

    first things first fuck bruce hating on d12 if ur mom died n she was famouse u would want her bitch ass on the cover right 2nd fuck the bayarea dey suck nuts

  • Jay Ripper

    I feel overall some of the comments that were left here about Proofs death were very disrespectful. Regardless of his rap status, this man was a father first than an emcee. This just shows the narrow minds that really don’t know shit. There is a “VERY” big difference between T.V. and real life. So for all you haters that can’t comprehend it I suggest you keep your rude ass comments to yourselfs.

  • tinus

    bruce is so right….finally someone who says it like it is!

  • bruce leroy

    so if i got a dollar for everytime i heard somebody say “aeyo pop that d-12 in son” i would be the brokest muthafucka out…you lame ol taking shit outta context ass niggas need jobs…i dont idolize nor do i worship any celebrity…if i want to read about death id pick up my local paper i dont need to hear about it from ever so eduacated d-12…we need to be worried about WHY these niggas are gettin murdered not glorifying it as if he went out like a “real nigga” because we all know it was plain stupidity that got him killed…i never said that no one cared about his death i said I DONT CARE about his death more than the next man…its unfortunate but the world still rotates…

  • Nuke

    A yo bruce, man you gotta shut your mouth, sence this is a R.I.P i aint gon swear, i think you did care about proof, D12 and all of them, if you diddnt why would you care if they got the cover? if you hated them youd be like aight, well he did die at least, but na man your frontin like your still cant believe he died and mabie thinkn that once this comes out its official, you gotta stop hatin man, I personally think Eminem is the greatest Emcee out there and proof isnt far behind D12 still gon sell millions (like always) on there 3rd cd, and i know millions of people agree with me,

  • Slayer-X

    Fuck Bruce who gives a fuck if Proof wasnt the most famous celeberty he was my fav rapper and i think this mags a good idea

  • A\\V

    I’m with bruce. Fuck all you muthafuckas out there disrespecting. You think D-12 and Proof(r.i.p.)got the cover b/c they care they know it will sell b/c Proof happen to belong to one of the hottest hip-hop acts in the country. What about down south none of our ni**as got a cover, how about: Soulja Slim, Fat Pat, DJ Screw & Hawk who just resently passed away(all r.i.p.)? No disrespect but bruce right, thay makin money of Proofs passing, not his lyrical skills..what if Proof belonged to Houston’s Screwed Up Click or The Boys n’ Blue? Would y’all be makin the same noise you are now? One……

    @v music coming soon…

  • Valene

    Lovin ya D-12 cover!!!!

    D-12 is was and always will be a hott ass group.

    They dope as F&*k and i dun care what no one wanna say.
    I know what they are.

    Proof’s death is a terrible tradgedy, R.I.P. Proof.

    (And to tha guy who said no one cares about rappers dieing no more, well apperently ppl care more about rappers dieing then they do bout U, Ur muchh less than them, cuz i doubht ima see UR Ass on a cover when u die) So stfu..lil bitch.

    I’m out
    One

  • Nick

    bruce ur a fuckin fag and need to shut ur ass up if ur goin to talk about rappers dont need to be remembered and all that other shit then ur on fuckin crack How many years ago did Pac and Big die? and look there still be remembered as great rappers same as proof so just shut the fuck up

  • mr garcia

    hey proof was my favorite rapper, all this awful talk about him has got to go. by the way this story was in another magazine when i went to detroit, xxl did you get this story from them? love proof , wont forget him, he will live in our hearts forever.

  • http://xxlmag.com moe_money

    I just want to say R.I.P to proof. So I guess Marshall coming out of retierment with d-12 to drop an album for proof. Well maybe this time they will come with a hit record. I guess like the bible say all things work together for the good.

  • youngdelta

    INTERSCOPE STRIKES AGAIN!!!!!!! how about i’m not even renewing my subscription because of the obvious corruption of who gets the cover of XXL!! come on E-DUBB lets be forreal, u didn’t care about proof cuz if u did u would have jus gave him the cover!!!!!!!

  • RAMMY

    Its sad to see somebody when anybody dies in my mind. But when its a person who still had a lot left in them is just terrible. Proof was just getting started and its sad to see him go out like this.R.I.P PROOF!
    AND FUCK YOU BRUCE YOU FUCKIN FAGGOT!

  • Bayarea_mexican

    Who the fuck is this jcnkr bitch???? Dissin the bay area I cant make a statement without some pussy ass faggots hatin, your dumb ass is probably from the south, you guys are mad cause we formed hyphy, that’s jus a sample asshole, were more original than crunk bitch

    Cause unlike crunk hyphy has more elements to their shit, crunk only has two elements and that’s club dancing and going crazy, hyphy has like 5 elements 1)club dancing 2)going crazy everywhere( like on the streets instead of club, like turf dancing) 3) style (different swagger than anyone) 4) language and lingo(its all about originality) 5) and cars, the sideshows with cars where their swangin doing figure 8’s, swangin came from here not houston

  • paul

    i got mines yesterday..it’s very interesting..especially what the witness had to say..

  • maria

    yeah, according to the witness the burdern is really on mario not proof..but i think it’s best that you guys read it for yourself

  • http://i-am-nelito.hi5.com Nelito

    Rest in peace big Proof…
    if Proof wasn´t dead…who would u guys put on tha cover?the magazines have to informs us….tell me how is Obie Trice…thats wat i need to know…INFORMATION not CONSTERNATION..

  • outlawz

    big ups on xxls mags this year. fat joe keep eatin bitch . g unit stay tru ,banks where you at 5o do yo thang. r i p 2pac pun bigl easy screw big mello and you in a better place my nigga r i p . all yall fat ass police nigga get on your job outlawz

  • Johan

    i cant wait to get this issue

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

    BRUCE IS RITE..I DDNT C BIG L GETTIN A COVA…IM SICK EN TIRED OF DA SAME OLD SHIT EVERY YEAR ON EVERI MAGAZINE…IF ITZ NOT A 2PAC COVA, ITZ BIGGIE…DEM CATZ R DEAD..FUCK LETZ MOVE ON..NO DISRESPECT 2 DER CONTRIBUSHIN IN HIPHOP…BUT FUCK LETZ MOVE ON..
    GGGGGGG-UNOT

  • RAMMY

    Fuck you Phony Yayo your name is stupid and every fuckin comment ive read of your is stupid and doesn’t make any fuckin sense. Don’t be sayin that shit about Pac and Biggie they created the enhanced the shit that we listen to today, in my mind we should never stop talkin about them and appreciatin what they have done for the hip-hop communtiy and any fallen soldiers should be recognized for there life that they lived, just like Proof i think that puttin the D12 crew on the cover and talkin about what really happened was a great idea, becuase everybody’s stories get mixed up and whether u knew him or not Proof was a major hip-hop icon in Detroit. SO FUCK PHONY YAYO AND BRUCIE

  • ann

    fuck g.unot lloyd banks is aight,tony yayo is annoying straight up word to mutha,i’m from cali and i ain’t a fan of they shit well i only like olivia bcuz she got talent and spider loc bcuz he;s cali he’s fresh to def no doubt and i use to like mobb deep but not no more.

  • Des

    Rip big proof…u was an ill mc. The crasy thing that got my head spinnin is in the song 40 oz he said u’d have to kill him at the club and that’s what happened. Damn. ON THE REAL IF U AIN’T GON PAY RESPECT U CAN KEEP UR COMMENTS 2 UR DAMN SELF. Let us mourn. If u feel a different way that’s fine but don’t dog someone we tryin ta pay respect 2…1 love

  • D-12 reppa

    otha daan g-unit and SUC their 1 of my favorite groups out so fuk dat bruce guy proof iz 1 of da best rappers from da d and he should shut his fukin mouth

  • mr garcia

    hi guys xxl is not the first to have this interview. detroit rock city magazine is the first to have proofs interview. this is not right that xxl has this interview. its in april issue of detroit rock city magazine.

  • mr garcia

    everyone who reads this xxl does not have the first interview of proof. detroit rock city magazine has the interview with proof, xxl copied this, this is not right that xxl would do this to them. this was an exclusive interview that detroit rock city magazine had with proof and xxl took it with the knowledge.

  • Bayarea_mexican

    FUCK SPIDER LOC HE AINT FRESH HES A BITCH, HE SOUNDS LIKE PETEY PABLO AND RAPS WITH C-BO’S STYLE, IF YOU DONT KNOW WHO C-BO IS HE IS A RAPPER FROM SACRAMENTO WHO USE TO RAP WITH SPIDER

  • JERSEY BOY

    RIP proof he in a better palce now

  • laci

    I am gonna have to go with ARSANIC except i have actualy always loved Proof.. im like only 12 and a girl but i know alot more about hip hop than u know ..and i think all tha haters need to shut their fuckin mouths because proof is the shit.

    R.I.P Proof
    laci

  • Livin’ Proof

    Too many haters in this bitch…r.i.p. Proof….

  • scantlaz

    r.i.p proof we hold u down to the fullest in the D.To all you people
    dissing him can talk that on this
    page but dont come to detroit wit that.espically on joy rd.

  • tianna

    why do people blame music for the bad things that happen? it’s not the music..it’s just the kind of fucked up world we live in..violence was around before hip hop and violence will be around after hip hop..music does’nt kill people..people kill people.

  • brucer leroy

    damn you guys are the most illiterate muthafuckas in the world…if you take it outta context…YES i said no one cares about proof dying…keep reading…i said I DONT CARE ABOUT PROOFS DEATH **MORE THAN THE NEXT MAN**….to me EVERYONE ON THIS EARTH IS EQUAL… if i didnt think twice about some cat in buttfuck, colorado that i never met how could i “HONESLTY” care about proof? thats some bandwagon shit…i never met the nigga so how could i be a fake nigga and say it affects me everyday or someshit? thats not me….and i never said it wasnt tragic…it is…but so was a lotta OTHER niggas deaths who AINT RAPPING!!! THATS MY POINT….and stop letting this media outlets dictate what you dont and do care about…learn how to give your own opinions and stop reciting shit you heard or read….last but not least you can still be a hood nigga but how bout stop acting like anybody truly wants to grow up and be a “hood nigga” and middle finger to any nigga after this who aint feeling me cuz i am what i am and I AM OK WITH THAT! ARE YOU?

  • FUCK BRUCE (2)

    Eminems shit is of the hook right now busta

  • Young Flo

    I think Proof got what he deserves ’cause he shot first. Was he high or drunk ?

  • Young Flo

    I mean no disrespect for Proof but an another man died few days later, but noone thinks about his family or whataver. its all about Proof loss, that sucks.

  • kien

    hey hello,i live in Holland and really ant to read this issue,can i bye it here??holla at me kee?thanx

  • veags_baby

    yo Bayarea_mexican you need to wake up. “gay” area rappers dont get love cuz they suck ass. The WHACKwall street sux. Why? Cuz their leader is a fuckin stripper, fill his tip cup the next time you in da club!! Oh yeah I almost forgot,Game, I can see that sun tattoo on ur chest!!!!Dennis Rodman ass nigga!!!! Big ups on the cover tho!!!! RIP Big Proof

  • Mc Karma

    RIP proof but its tru he got a cover becuz of his big affiliation with interscope….still this is not the place to say “fuck proof” etc…the kid left kids behinds, just more fatherless children…may the lord bless their souls! and R.I.P to anybody who died out there, dead rappers would turn in their grabe right now with or without the cover if they saw some of the bullshit you peeps is talkin…enough love to everyone and everybody…and if u love hip hop like a true fan…you don’t talk like this when sum1 dies…u move on…those hu ask why, are never satisfied….those hu make the answer to the question, they’re true souls….so stop frontin on bullshit, and change the world people

  • jcnkr

    naw 4 real bay area dose suck ur whole slang is just gay half the ppl dont know what dat shit is ur beats r wack r u guys trying to b the new South?? ur only record that acutally got some air time was tell me when to go which was just guys jumping around saying dumb shit and it didint even get u guys any biggerthe only thing dat got u something was dat my block so just stay underground iight RIP Proof

  • bah

    R.I.P. Keith Bender Jr. The dude Proof murdered, first, shooting him in the face before being taken down by Bender’s cousin. What comes around…

  • ulla

    this article was good!

    rip proof

  • RAMMY

    Keith Bender junior probably would of shot him first if Proof hadn’t of reacted and its not Proofs fault, well of course it is, but in the hip-hop culture standing up for yourslef and shooting guns makes you a gangster, so he did what was a common thing to do which was stupid no doubt. but all this hate and violence in rap needs to stop, you should read obie trice’s speech at the funeral because it makes sense.and now you can’t say eminem and the D12 crew are fake pussies because you can’t get more gangster than doing some shit like that even though you might die in the process.

  • Young Flo

    R.I.P. Proof but yo, Proof is the first shooter. No matter what. Period.

    R.I.P. Bender, Jr.

  • Terror Squad

    how you gonna say it was stupid it aint “hip hop culture” cuzin its the reality and the rules of the streets any real nigga woulda done the same thing.

  • Terror Squad

    R.I.P PROOF D12 KEEP YOUR HEAD UP ALL YA’LL

  • 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 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.
    .

  • Marie Mathers

    to me, the whole situation is just fucked up. the fact that proof died is crazy and the fact that keith bender jr died is crazy. and whats even worse is the fact that shit like this happens every single day to people all over the place, and no one deserves to lose their lives to this kind of stupid violence. but the fact of the matter is, whe will never see the end of these things becuz the hood mentality gets passed down to each genereation and it never stops. and its unfair to say proof doesnt deserve to cover. of course it’ll sell cuz it’s proof and d-12, if they put an unknown person on the cover, who would read it? and yeah, wu tang and odb shoulda got the cover, but how do u kno if they even wanted it? maybe they wanted to keep it to themselves, u dont know that.

    so now there’s another fallen soilder of hip-hop and u never know who’s gonna be next. let’s jus keep our heads up and hope for a brighter future for us black people.

    rip Proof & Mr Keith Bender

  • malcolm

    the way the story is being told is extremely exaggerated..the story did’nt go down the way the media is potraying it..The truth is, Proof never shot keith bender and that’s a fact!! I live in detroit and my brother was there at club ccc when it happened..All i gotta say is don’t pass judgement because you all will be VERY surprised at how it really went down..lets just say that someone knows more than they are saying

  • RAMMY

    sorry dude but i think killing people is stupid and if u don’t then your a fuckin spycho.

  • RAMMY

    R.I.P PROOF

  • Zorana

    I live in Holland, but i really want read this article!! Can I buy it here?

    R.I.P Big Proof

  • http://www.forum.street-science.com DEFiANT

    D12 on this cover probably brought XXL back to life.. I meant all the recent rap shit has been real weak.
    Proof was one of the best freestylists in the game yo. Fuck all you faggot ass dudes like “D12 aint nuin”. I mean, I aint ridin’ D’s dick or nothin but they are real hiphop, unlike that fake shit like yung joc.. or 50′s new style. R.I.P. 4 Ever Proof. And D sorry for ya loss.

    Shout out to Lawncrest..
    -DEFiANT SHAKESPEER

  • Rammy

    Yeah for sure, detroit rappers are the realest and actually put an effort in their music. SHADY RECORDS BITCH!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com sandra brooks

    i want the mag for more information about the hip hop life

  • http://xxlmag.com sandra brooks

    i want more information about the hip hop life

  • D- Los

    first off ima say RIP Big Proof

    yall sayin that he got the cover cause he was killed…..DUH……….any time a multi-plat sellin artist dies they deserve a cover. 2 out of 3 albums he was on were plat!!!group or not it dont matter the man sold millions…im here to say bruce if u dont like the cover rip it off str8 up…..he was a respected cat in the game and could more than likely eat up any mcs in the game freestyle battlin! he was an underated mc check his solo LP and u can see the skillz.

    “i was raised by drunks, so i became a drunk”

  • 110hauler

    murder happens. stop crying like you from mayberry and pour out some liquor for the nigga.

  • Quiana

    ^^^*this comment here has nothing to do with Proof * BUT UMMM just cause ya mom and dad wasnt shit doesnt mean u have to be also member dat!

  • UK D.R.S

    R.I.P BIG PROOF

    MUCH LOVE GOING OUT TO ALL THE SHADY FAMILY

    WHAT UP TO THE G-UNIT!!
    KEEP IT PIMPIN!

    PEACE

  • dshhsh gdgde

    fuck the bay area there garbage and they got one thing right there music is stupid and dum and fucking retarded and they cantb spit for shit

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=1891#comments Always Rememberr

    Rest In Peace Proof. i really dont care what you all think, proof was good man honestly. Its hard to believe hes gone, though. But we just gotta remember hes one hell of an M.C gotta love him.

  • RobDFace

    R.I.P. Proof
    The Good Die Young
    “12 mothafockaz in six different bodies with their personalities split”
    Bugz (R.I.P.) wanted Kuniva to replace him right? 1st Born need to be up in D-12. Remember Proof was Eminems HYPE MAN. Check Infinite, Proofs WEGO skit was a big thing for Em back then. Now look how it flipped. Proof up there rhymin with the greats, prolly hostin a Tupac and Biggie battle. Pour yo 40 out…

  • malcolm

    proof ain’t kill nobody..all this shit was a cover up

  • vicky

    r.i.p big proof…god rest your soul.

  • Your master

    Damn you dumb ass bitches, Proof is on the cover because he actually deserves it, He is practically the best rapper out right now He didn’t talk about his grillz, candy shop, or whatever stupid shit you guys like.

    Fuck all ya Haters

  • Lyrical ToRnAdO

    I’ll never stop screaming!
    R.I.P Proof
    Once nothing,still loved,always unforgotten. Miss u dog! peace

  • Young Flo

    Quiana, i respect your pain. God bless the dead, but once again, P shot 1st !
    P was a celebrity and a great rhymes spitter, dat doesn’t mean he can’t do somethang wrong !!! Wake your ass up !! PROOF SHOT FIRST !!!!!!!!

  • Young Flo

    Is it possible that all dat bullshit iz a fucking conspiracy ? i don’t know.we need some witnesses (no snitching). Bouncer shot his own cousin and then shot Big Proof 4 times ? Damn … i’m impatiently waiting for the forensics results.
    R.I.P. Proof and love fo’ his widow and children.

  • http://TheDirtyCountry Southern Alumnist

    Man another lost to hip-hop. I was watching “BEEF II” and dat (da 5″9) nigga was right about one thing. D12 is theee wackest rap group EVER.If God gave them a choice out of listening to their rhymes over and over in heaven or go to hell them niggas would choose hell. Manye, it wouldn’t be dat bad if it wasn’t for Bazzare and his damn shower cap.Dat nigga is so lame,this is who Flavor Flave would’ve been had he always had SECONDS.Bazzare is D12′s leftovers that’s it. When they go out eat,after EM picks up the check, dis nigga says and I quote”Ya’ll can go on to ya’ll’s cars I got to use the bathroom.” Comes back sits down and does what EM pays him to do. RAP dat food up and take it wit him.

  • http://TheDirtyCountry Southern Alumnist

    Well I was watching “BEEF II” yestarday and came to the conclusion dat Royce da 5’9″ didn’t kill Proof.Dat nigga scared of his own shadow. Dis nigga got moe armor than 50 FROM EMENIM?

  • BG Big Nutt

    What about Royce da 5’9” in D12 right now ?

  • stopswaggerjackin

    R.I.P. Proof, D-12 aint nottin special but they did they thing, i agree wit da guy above bizzare is wack as fucc, Mr. Porter is a sick producer tho

  • Quiana

    FLO WHILE YA TALKIN BOUT WHO SHOT FIRST HERE IS ANOTHER POST SOMEONE POSTED ABOUT ANOTHER WITNESS STORY

    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..
    ——————————————————————————————————————————-

    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

  • http://dirtythug.com Creepflow

    Wussup with mario etheridge and his status,cause that fucker should be killed.

  • The Game 00

    Fuck Tinus you punk ass bitch respect proof and all he did for the D rap stop being a bitch and learn your shit befor you talk it

  • cheeks

    rest in peace proof its a shame that the media told lies some how the truth has to come out and everyone who has the power to get the truth out should get it out.What goes around comes around .I feel sorry for all the peolpe lieing to cover thier own backs .because on judgement day were they gonna run .this is so bad and unjust .Not to dwell on race but no doubt if it was a white man the truth somehow would have come out.Everyone knows that proof seemed to be a good man so atleast hes resting in peace. to think that the man killed his own cousin and is not admitting it .Hell fire on that man God knows everything .RIP proof

  • newcents

    BRUCE YOU ARE A FUCKIN ASSHOLE AND I HOPE YOUR FAMILY DIES RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU AND I WOULD LOVE TO BE THE ONE TO KILL YOUR FAMILY AND YOU, FUCKIN HOPELESS WORTHLESS COCKSUCKIN GOOD FOR NOTHIN MUTHAFUCKIN PIECE OF SHIT GO TO HELL AND AGAIN I HOPE THE WORST FOR YOU FAGGOT BOY BRUCE..I MEAN DOUSH, GO BACK TO SUCKIN YA BOYS DICK FAGGOT FUCK, YOUR MOM IS A WHORE AND YOUR DAD IS A FAG AND IF YOU HAVE KIDS I HOPE THEY DIE TONIGHT FUCK FACE. BLEED BITCH BLEED BLEEEEEEED!!!
    LMAO

  • S.Wood Soilder

    aight aight aight fuck that Bruce shit i sent that nigga a message on myspace fuck it i dont give a fuck everybody else right Proof was one of tha best freestylers lyracist and everything then he said Eminem is gittin MOTHA FUCKA dont care on his last he didnt even try and he still sold more then anybody out there and i dont mean 2 bring in racism but Eminem is a good reason y we got like alot of other races bangin rap music not juss whites and besides nigga trust me nigga i know a few ppl who would bang D12 juss go 2 Detroit and iant nobody in tha south aint got tha cover cuz most ppl dont git a fuck like ima southerner XXL didnt even know about Dj screw when he died and w/e yo cuz those ppl dont have much special 2 bring 2 tha table not like Shady/Aftermath nigga most of them other niggas i cant stand 2 watch they video and most of them all rap about tha same shit! so that answers ur question about y they aint on tha cover….peace niggas

  • PHAT PHILLIE 210

    I SEE ALOT OF HATERS ON THEESE COMMENTS BUT ITS AIGHT IT AINT LIKE IF U UNDERSTOOD PROOFS MUSIC.CAUSE YALL PROBABLY JUST LISTEN THAT ALL THAT BULLSHIT MUSIC 4 EXAMPLE(DFB,D41,JAY Z,TI,ETC…….)BUT WITH THAT BEIN SAID RIP PROOF

    WE GON MISS YA

    PHAT PHILLIE
    210 RECORDZ

  • http://www.xanga.com/xzibit5 Harvin Singh G – unit clip

    yo yo

    R.I.P PROOF

    NEva thought that he will die

    from HARVIN SINGH A.K.A CLIP

  • http://yahoo lil mama_0 9

    who ever killd proof i hope you get yours.

  • TJ

    This is a message to mr ‘bruce leroy’… Proof wasn’t just another man. He was different. He wasn’t like 50 and banks and all the other ‘commercial’ artists. He was an artist who was true to his roots and his town, Detroit. He loved people. Thats why he may not have ever been classified in igonorant men such as yourself as ‘A-list’ artists. The reason why so many people loved Proof is because Proof loved them first. He loved his fans. Unlike all the other arrogant rappers out there who are only in it for the money. So .. Mr Leroy.. educate your mind on that. peace.

  • G-Ne-Us

    Loved The Mag, Got it while i was kickin it in Magaluf, Spain. R.I.P. PROOF yo D-12 Were Gonna Make It. PEACE!

  • beettt

    they all just a bunch of stupid monkey…fuck d 12 and the g unit gang

  • http://xxlmag.com omegared nyc

    please anything but those wack ass bay area rappers please it’s bad enough we have the south rappin god help us all

  • TRYNA GET PAID

    *nods* i am in detroit and on the news it said he died over a game of pool

  • Corinne

    Proof was one of those rappers that you knew were rapping on the radio,I mean you never had to think “wait whose that?” He had that unique voice that made his rap spark. It’s such a damn shame when good rappers like that go, it’s not every day that we get some real unique talent in the rap world. R.I.P Proof

  • Reppin_GA_4Sho

    First of all…fuck all them niggas hatin on tha south…They know tha south if runnin tha show…Nigga we aint bitin shit..what names? I’ll holla..Quit hatin and turn on ya tube so you can see Rick Ross, Young Dro, T.I., Outkast,Lil Wayne,Pimp C, Bun B, and must I continue…to rip up tha charts!!! It’s tha souf’s time to shine baby!!

  • shade101

    you will be sadly missed proof but never forgotten, thanks for everything .. Big Proof forever

    R.I.P Proof

  • John

    R.I.P. Proof u tha best

  • xuboodux

    proof ain’t proved to be bulletproof.
    rest in peace,big proof.

  • Enoch

    Proof was a man of truth and he was a good man as he being a member of the D12 crew.May his soul rest in perfect peace.