D-12's 2001 debut album, Devil's Night (Interscope/Shady Records), had potential to cause some waves, with the inclusion of their raucous 2000 single, "Shit on You. D-12 was originally founded by members Bizarre and Proof around 1990, but the size and scope of the group expanded when Proof brought in childhood friend Eminem (it turns out that the pair grew up near each other, but went to different high schools) and the rest of the gang. Along their quest to stir the already controversy-infested waters of rap, all five members come complete with aliases, while each of them bears a tattoo of the name of former D-12 member, Bugz, who was gunned down at a picnic party.
D-12 is (listed in no particular order by real name and alias/alter ego) Rufus Johnson, aka Peter S. Bizarre (Bizarre is also a member of the group the Outsidaz which includes Rah Digga and Eminem; he has appeared in magazines such as The Source and is the winner of Inner City Entertainment's Flava of the Year award for September 1998), Mr. Denine Porter, aka Kon Artis (Kon Artis is a producer for D-12), O.Moore, aka Swifty McVay (Swifty joined D-12 in 1998 after Bugz died), Von Carlisle or Hannz G., aka Kuniva (Kuniva was a part of Da Brigade along with Kon Artis), and DeShaun Holton, aka Proof or Dirty Harry (Proof is known for his freestyle talents. He won the Source Magazine Freestyling Competition back in 1999). D-12 requests that concerned fans contact the organizations that are focusing their "hateful attention" on Eminem (contact numbers for GLAAD and the Family Violence Prevention Fund are listed on the D-12 website www.d12net.com).
Kerry Smith., All Music Guide