Still a D12 world 

Four members of the D12 crew team up with Joe Budden and Royce Da 5’9” on the whirlwind Never Say Never tour

click to enlarge The Dirty Dozen
  • The Dirty Dozen

Who: D12, Royce Da 5’9”, Joe Budden

When: Tuesday, Dec. 2, doors at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Garfinkel’s

Tickets: $20 in advance at Billabong

The masterminds behind the anthemic hip hop hits, “Purple Pills,” “Fight Music,” and “40 Oz.” are coming to a club near you. That’s right, D12 has added a Whistler stop to their most recent tour.

Catching up with this group while they’re on the road isn’t easy — from the sound of it, their tour bus is the place to party, even on a Tuesday afternoon. But the cell phone eventually landed in the hands of Swift (aka Swifty McVay).

They were on their way from Lethbridge to play another show in Calgary.

“We’re keeping our spirits up and getting ready to do what we do best!” Swift said with a laugh. “This’ll be our first time rockin’ the microphone in Whistler, and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a blessing to be able to come up and do the do.”

For those of you not finely attuned to the hardcore hip hop of the Dirty Dozen out of Detroit (more commonly known as simply D12), here’s a quick rundown: the original D12 crew started out as Proof, Eminem, Bizarre, Kon Artis, Bugz, and Kuniva, with each member developing an alter ego to make up their Dirty Dozen moniker. Basically, it all started out at the open mic night at the Hip-Hop Shop off Seven Mile in Detroit.

“We had an open mic every Saturday, you know, and everybody from all four corners of Detroit used to meet in there every Saturday to rock the mic, and this went on for a good four or five years, so that’s where we all got together as family, because we never missed a Saturday,” Swift explained.

Proof, the host of the Hip-Hop Shop, decided to put together an all-star team, and D12 was born.

“The first one that was signed was supposed to come back and get everybody, and that’s what happened,” Swift added.

In 1996, Eminem was discovered by none other than Dr. Dre, and D12 rose up with him. In 2001, they released their first full-length album, Devil’s Night , with their sophomore full-length, D12 World , coming out three years later. In between, they’ve also released an extensive list of impressive solo projects.


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