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D12 SECC, Glasgow, September 23 #####.

Byline: Andy Marshall

DETROIT'S dirty dozen - better known as D12 - played to a packed SECC on the Scottish leg of a European tour to promote new album D12 World.

The Detroit rappers, Bizarre, Swift, Proof, Kuniva and Kon Artis, were on their third visit to Glasgow.

They had previously played at Gig on the Green and Hampden Park.

However, to the crowd's disappointment, this was their first visit to the city without Eminem as front man. He is in the States working on his latest album.

Eighteen-year-old Londoner Lady Sovereign started the proceedings.

She delivered a set of fast-paced, garage-style rap that left the crowd totally unimpressed.

The mood instantly changed, with the fans in uproar, when the sharp-tongued MCs appeared on stage.

Proof, taking the lead, opened with Git Up followed by 40oz.

Winning over this Glasgow crowd was never going to be hard as the beatmasters ripped into chart-topping hits from their albums Purple Pills and Fight Music.

Soon the place was jumping. Bizarre certainly lived up to his name with his outlandish antics.

Stripped to the waist, he whipped the audience up another gear when he donned a See You Jimmy bunnet.

Proof tried to top him by jumping off stage and into the first row.

But within seconds he was lifted away by security.

The crew ended an awesome night with How Come, raising the roof one last time and leaving the Glasgow crowd stuck in D12 world. The lyrically gifted rappers proved D12 is not only about Eminem but also its other five members.

They stepped out of the superstar's shadows and showed they are quite capable of blowing up any venue without him.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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