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Denaun Porter is best-known as a member of the group D12 – a collective that also featured one of his best friends, a fellow Detroit rapper named Eminem. But Denaun’s real passion has always been for production.

Porter got his start as a beatmaker (after some tips from a young Dilla) with Em’s hard-to-find debut album Infinite, which he produced in its entirety. But as his pal teamed up with Dr. Dre, so did he. Denaun quickly began producing songs for Xzibit, 50 Cent and G-Unit, Busta Rhymes, Rakim, Pharoahe Monch, and lots more.

After the death of fellow D12 member and longtime Eminem hypeman DeShaun “Proof” Holton in 2006, Porter took a break from music. But he’s returned stronger than ever, releasing a brand-new solo EP, Stuff in my Backpack, and taking up his late friend’s hypeman job on top of it.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. Eminem, “Infinite”
  2. D12, “Chance to Advance”
  3. Eminem, “313”
  4. Masta Ace, “Aint U Da Masta”
  5. Eminem, “Just Don’t Give A Fuck (Original)”
  6. Eminem, “97 Bonnie & Clyde”
  7. Proof, “Clap with Me”
  8. Straight Outta Compton - Red Band Trailer with Introduction from Dr. Dre and Ice Cube (HD)(Official)
  9. Xzibit f/Nate Dogg, “Multiply”
  10. Xzibit f/Nate Dogg, “Multiply”
  11. 50 Cent, “P.I.M.P.”
  12. Outsidaz, “State To State”
  13. Jin, “C’mon”
  14. Stevie Wonder, “The Secret Life Of Plants”
  15. The Cipher Episode 104 - Scarface
  16. Marvin Gaye, “Hear, My Dear”
  17. Jay Electronica, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
  18. Pharoahe Monch f/Mr. Porter, Dwele, & Tone, “Trilogy”
  19. Denaun Porter, “This Corner”
  20. Ludacris f/Slaughterhouse & Claret Jai, “Furiously Dangerous”
  21. D12, “Lies And Rumors”
  22. D12, “Shit Can Happen”
  23. D12, “Purple Pills”
  24. D12, “Blow My Buzz”
  25. EPMD, “So Wat Cha Sayin’”
  26. D12, “Shit On You”
  27. D12, “Blow My Buzz”
  28. The Game, “Around the World”
  29. Little Brother f/Bilal & Darien Brockington, “Second Chances”
  30. Busta Rhymes f/Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, & Common, “Decision”
  31. A Tribe Called Quest, “Bonita Applebaum”
  32. dEnAuN f/Rapsody, “Told Y’all”
  33. dEnAuN, “Hey”
  34. D12, “Bane”
  35. Dr. Dre, “Talking To My Diary”
  36. D12, “My Band”
  37. G-Unit, “Stunt 101”
  38. Eminem live 2015 at The Beats Music Event
  39. Mr. Porter, “Overthinking Art”

Show notes:

  1. dEnAuN, “Hey” music video
  2. dEnAuN Soundcloud page
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