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|Denaun M. Porter|
December 7, 1978 |
North Carolina, U.S.
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
Denaun M. Porter (born December 7, 1978), known professionally as Mr. Porter, Kon Artis, and Denaun (often stylized as dEnAuN), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as being one of the members of Detroit rap group D12 until his departure in mid-2012 to focus on his solo career. In 2014, he rejoined D12 and was featured on the Shady XV compilation album.
Born in North Carolina on December 7, 1978, Denaun M. Porter moved with his family to Mississippi and later to Detroit when he was 10 years old. His father, Charles, is a gospel singer and former member of the Blind Boys of Alabama and The Christianaires; his mother is a writer.
Porter started his career with D12 in the mid-1990s. He was inspired to rap and produce after hearing A Tribe Called Quest's song, "Bonita Applebum." Throughout his solo career, he has both produced and performed vocally as a rapper and singer, producing songs for many notable artists such as Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Royce da 5'9" and 50 Cent (producing the 2003 song "P.I.M.P.").
Denaun is one of Eminem's hype men after the death of D12 member Proof. He is also officially signed to Eminem's label Shady Records as a producer and has worked with Shady artists Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, 50 Cent and D12. Mr. Porter is now most notably seen as a hype man in Eminem's live shows, to add extra effect to shows or to allow Eminem to take a breath while in mid performance, replacing Proof who died in 2006.
Porter was a co-executive producer, with Eminem and Royce da 5'9", for Bad Meets Evil's debut EP Hell: The Sequel. He also has a cameo appearance in their music video "Fast Lane", as well as "Forever" by Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem, and Eminem's single "No Love" featuring Lil Wayne and then in 2013 he featured in Eminem's "Rap God" video alongside other members of Slaughterhouse.
On April 2, 2012, Porter formally announced that he had left D12. He stated that he wanted to focus on being a solo artist and producer, but clarified that he holds no animosity toward other members of the group. Two years later in late 2014, he rejoined D12 and contributed a verse to the song "Bane" on the Shady Records compilation album, Shady XV, released on November 24, 2014. In January 2015, he appeared on D12's The Devil's Night Mixtape.
|1997||"What, What"||Bizarre||Attack of the Weirdos|
|2000||"Under The Influence"||Eminem||The Marshall Mathers LP|
|2001||"The Do Do"||DJ Butter||Shit Happens|
|2002||"When the Music Stops"||Eminem||The Eminem Show|
|2003||"Spread Yo Shit"||Obie Trice||Cheers|
|"Doe Rae Me (Hailie's Revenge)"||Eminem||Straight from the Lab|
|"Bend a Corner"||Ras Kass||Re-Up: The Compilation|
|2004||"Look at Me Now"||Young Buck||Straight Outta Cashville|
|"We Some Dogs"||Method Man||Tical 0: The Prequel|
|"Crooked Letter I"|
|"One Shot 2 Shot"||Eminem||Encore|
|2005||"Big Mistake"||Trick-Trick||The People vs.|
|"Porno Bitches"||Bizarre||Hannicap Circus|
|"Nuthin' at All"|
|"She's a Pro"||Black Rob||The Black Rob Report|
|"Slum Elementz"||Proof||Searching for Jerry Garcia|
|2006||"They're Out to Get Me"||Busta Rhymes||The Big Bang|
|"Keep It Live"||Black Milk||Broken Wax|
|"Whatever You Want"||Swifty McVay||Eminem Presents: The Re-Up|
|2007||"When the Gun Draws"||Pharoahe Monch||Desire|
|"Beneath the Diamonds"||DJ Drama||Gangsta Grillz: The Album|
|2008||"Getting Bitches"||Guilty Simpson||Ode to the Ghetto|
|"Send a Nigga Home"||Bishop Lamont||The Confessional|
|"Get 'Em"||Salam Wreck||Trouble Soon|
|2009||"Mine in Thiz"||Royce da 5'9"||Street Hop|
|2010||"Money"||Freeway and Jake One||The Stimulus Package|
|"Closed Chapter"||Black Milk||Album of the Year|
|2011||"I Just Want to Fuck"||Game||Purp & Patron|
|"My Own Way"||Snoop Dogg||Doggumentary|
|"Haile Selassie Karate"||Pharoahe Monch||W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)|
|"I'm on Everything"||Bad Meets Evil||Hell: The Sequel|
|"My Own Planet"||Royce da 5'9"||Success Is Certain|
|"Hit Me With Your Best Shot"||Eminem||Relapse 2 (Unreleased) and Straight from the Lab Part 2|
|2012||"Got To Go"||Marvwon||Heavy In The Head...|
|"Make It Snow"||Tony Yayo, Bun B, Slim Thug||Sex, Drugs, & Hip-Hop|
|2013||"Sexual Healing"||Tony Yayo||Godfather Of The Ghetto|
|2014||"Losing My Mind"||Pharoahe Monch||PTSD|
|2015||"This Corner"||N/A||Southpaw: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|"Slow Stir"||Ro Spit, MarvWon, Young ROC||IV Life...|
|2016||"Quiet"||Royce da 5'9", Tiara||Layers|
|"Trouble on My Mind"||Kuniva||A History of Violence Vol. 2|
|2017||"Pimps & Hoes"||Swifty McVay||Grey Blood|