(AllHipHop News) It’s been over 10 years since Detroit's D12 made their major label debut, Devil’s Night. Since then, the group has undergone challenges - the most significant being the death of leader, Proof, in 2006. Following his death, Denaun Porter stepped up to act as rapper Eminem’s hypeman during his infrequent stage shows.
A producer who has contributed hits to most “Shady” affiliated artists like 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Royce Da 5’9”, and more, Porter is stepping out on his own with a new album, tHe mEmO, and a new production company, My Own Planet.
“I’m just really stepping out on faith. Encouraging people to take that leap with the life we have left and LIVE IT!” Porter told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive statement reacently. “Do what you need to do to make yourself happy.”
His first solo project, tHe mEmO, isan EP, to be presented by My Own Planet, and includes a title track first featured on Royce Da 5’9”’s album, Success Is Certain. Porter produced and sang on the hook, and one version features Joe Budden, and on another, Big Sean. Porter plans to develop and produce several artists who will follow his release.
tHe mEmO is being released as "Denaun,", his first name, not his previous moniker, “Mr. Porter.” He states that this is him in his purest, rawest form:
“I’m representing regular people with regular problems. People trying to find themselves. The music is "conscious" music. Each song has a powerful message. This is me expressing a higher level of creativity.”
tHe mEmOhas yet to be released, but check out the teaser video below. Denaun Porter is currently in Austin for SXSW with Eminem.