The Detroit Reunion Concert (Pics & Video)

July 14, 2008

Royce Da 5’9” and D12 have had their differences, but this weekend, they definitively answered any question as to whether they were still beefing.

Saturday night at St. Andrew’s Hall, they were the headliners of “The Detroit Reunion Concert,” a show that revolved around them working together again.

“It was a big day, and it was a big move,” Bizarre told

The Eminem-led crew and Royce had issues with each other—documented in songs like D12’s “Smack Down” and Royce’s “Malcolm X”—in the early 2000s. After a showdown between crews, Royce and Proof, the group’s founding member that was slain two years ago, resolved their differences while sharing a jail cell that night. Royce and Proof would go on to tour overseas together. In reports from earlier this year, Royce said that he and Eminem—who, before the birth of D12, were the duo of Bad Meets Evil—made up and began to repair their friendship.

Good tidings between Royce and D12 took another step in the right direction in May, when Royce met up with the group to record a song for their recently-released Return of the Dozen mixtape.

“We wanted to bridge the gap with him,” D12 member Kuniva said, adding that the group was particularly impressed by the fact that Royce only came with one person: a sign that he was comfortable with the situation. “Everything had already been squashed with him, and we thought he could help the song out. We just called him up, he came through and he knocked it out.”

“I was there, Johnny-On-The-Spot, exactly how we’re supposed to be there for each other,” Royce said. “We’re the leaders of the city right now, this is still our era. The decisions that we make are a reflection of the whole city.”

A promoter approached the two camps to do a show together, and everyone agreed. While Eminem was busy working on his album and Denaun Porter was on a different tour, the remaining three members still performed. They each ran through a string of their hits—amongst them Royce’s “Boom” and “Hip Hop,” and D12’s “40 Oz.” and “Pistol Pistol”—and performed their song together, “Plead For Your Life,” shortly before the end of D12’s set.

Other performers included MarvWon, Quest M.C.O.D.Y., and Fat Ray, with Stretch Money, Black Milk, King Gordy, Slum Village and Phat Kat making cameos. Michigan Hip Hop staples like One Be Lo, Nick Speed and Fatt Father were also in the audience.

“It makes me feel bad that we wasted so much time bickering and arguing,” Royce said. He still recovering from a nine-hour surgery from breaking his arm while on tour overseas recently (click here for the story), and while he admits that the performance was difficult, he’s still glad that he performed. “Whether I forgot a line, or whether I ran out of breath, I had to give it my all. It meant the world to me, and I can’t speak for D12, but if I had to guestimate, I would say that they feel the same way.”

Royce Da 5’9″ & Stretch Money “Let The Beat Build (Freestyle)”

 Royce Da 5’9″ “Done Talkin’ (Live)”

 D12 & Royce Da 5’9″ “Plead For Your Life (Live)”


  1. Royce Da 5′9″ & D-12 At The Detroit Reunion Concert (Video) « 2dopeboyz says:

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  2. HIPHOPHEAD says:

    I wish I had My camera! Did you pep Fat Rays stage show?(I’ve only seen this cat perform 1 other time and it was nothing like this) He had lights with his name,dancers,and cannons that shot out money …Black Milk, Phat Kat & Elzhi. I hate to say it but he out did the headliners hands down if you ask me….


    July 14th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

  3. B.G. says:

    I was at the show and I was very impressed with my boy, (the other white boy) Scottfree. Him and his hype man/producer Kareem ripped it with some original tracks that were lyrically on point. I think besides the major michigan heavyweights and headliners Scottfree tore it down. Good lookin out.

    July 15th, 2008 at 1:59 am

  4. newyorkmusic says:

    The whole show was on point MARV WON ripped it, FAT RAY & BLACK MILK killed “TAKE CONTROL” ROYCE did his thang with a cast on his arm.D-12 brought out KING GORDY(and 30 others on stage) I herd rumors of EM showing up but this i didn’t see(what a surprise). Were were like 8 or 9 deep and all had a great time!
    This was one not to miss


    July 15th, 2008 at 7:00 am

  5. Det1986 says:




    July 15th, 2008 at 8:32 am

  6. Jameson says:

    The show was out cold, Royce ripped it even with an arm sling lol! I liked the first whiteboy who opened up right after the winner of the spit contest. His performance was pretty tight even though it looked like they were missing someone else i think i remember him sayin one of the dudes on one of the songs got flick’d tht night so he had to try to rap the dudes verse but other then that im feelin him and his boy i think he said somethin about how DJ Young Mase is droppin their mixtape this summer so i will definitly be on the lookout for that

    July 20th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

  7. Journalist 103 says:

    I hate I missed that show. I’m glad to see Detroit Hip-Hop is growing in a positive direction.

    Journalist 103

    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:47 pm

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