From his early days working on Eminem’s sound in the production chair for the “Infinite” album to his intricate solo projects, Mr. Porter’s story is one of nuanced influence.

Denaun Porter is a Grammy-winning and platinum-selling artist, performer, producer, writer and composer. Porter’s artistic journey unfolded against the backdrop of the city’s vibrant music scene. With a career spanning over two decades, his versatility as a rapper, producer, and songwriter has left an indelible mark on the industry.

Besides being the backbone D12 member until its disbandment in 2018, Denaun has also produced music for 50 Cent, Royce da 5’9”, The Game, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss and many, many more. His most recent release is recorded together with two other extraordinary hip hop producers, Dem Jointz and Focus… and puts forward his unique, clean and soulful style.

The majority of Eminem fans know him, first of all, as Eminem’s hypeman, standing by Marshall’s side on stage since Proof’s tragic death. Their creative tandem is based on friendship, respect, and understanding each other’s musicality. It also spans beyond the stage. Mr. Porter was crashing at Marsjall’s place in Detroit when he was young and worked survival jobs together with him. Now, he just shares nice things in life with Em as a friend — watching record-breaking boxing fights and Vegas shows or flying overseas to celebrate the birthday of another member of the extended Shady family — 50 Cent.

But for those who only know Mr. Porter from these news snippets, today might be a good day to discover Denaun Porter, an artist and to delve into the D12 discography, Bad Meets Evil and Royce 5’9’s records, and listen to Fifty’s “P.I.M.P.” produced by him. Or to pay attention to his instrumental projects and solo records and, indeed, Read the PDF formation. Raise your glass to Denaun Porter while doing this. The hip hop world wouldn’t be the same without him.

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