Denaun Porter of the Detroit rap outfit D12, which includes Eminem, says the group will continue to make music, including a D12 album that's in the works, despite the death of their friend and bandmate Proof.
"If people think that because he's not here we're not going to keep doing what we're doing, then they're wrong," says Porter, also known as Kon Artis.
Proof was killed last month at C.C.C., an after-hours nightspot on Detroit's east side. Keith Bender Jr. also was shot at the club that night and later died. Police are continuing to investigate the shootings.
The kinks are still being worked out with the new D12 album; the group won't resume recording until group member Swift, who is in jail for a probation violation relating to a previous impaired driving incident, is released. The group expects to record again in June.
The album could include guest appearances by Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and G-Unit.
The group will be using verses already recorded by Proof, Porter says.
"We're just taking the record to the next level," Porter says. "We had some songs recorded already. We got a song called 'Holding Our Own' that we recorded and Proof is on that song."
Another album by Proof will also be released later this year. A few months back he wrote and recorded an album in 24 hours; it will be called "Time Will Tell."