D-12 (May 2008) | Interview By:
When life suddenly sideswipes us with a heavy blow of unfortunate tragedy,
we find ourselves re-evaluating our strength, our endurance. Though we know
that there is a season for everything – a time to laugh and a time to mourn
– it is the perception that hard emotional times never end that make the
pain so unmanageable. It is in these times, however, that some see the
mission as a chance for redemption and others as a chance for escape. It is
in these times that soldiers are produced…
Only two short years ago, the members of D12 found themselves on the
receiving end of tragedy’s clenched fist, losing both a family member and a
friend when Proof was brutally murdered in a Detroit nightclub. The momentum
of the blow sent them into a season of hibernation, but as a rap collective
who has learned to live their life under the gun, they have regained their
strength and are back to reclaim their power.
Swifty McVay explains to Dubcnn how the group has since mended old wounds
and united forces with some heavy hometown Detroit emcees, such as Royce Da
5’9”, to deliberate a mixtape that will generate the first show since the
death of Proof. Though their pieces may never again add up to a dozen, the
Detroit Twelve dust themselves off and return bruised -- but never broken --
showing proof their worth as soldiers.
Make way for the Return of the Dirty Dozen…
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Interview was done in May 2008
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The Return of D12
(The Swifty McVay Interview)
By Jonathan Hay
Dubcnn: Hey man… this Is Jonathan Hay AKA Haywire for Dubcnn and we got a
whole lot of people who really love and support you on the website and, you
know, you have a strong fan-base of people everywhere who really love what
Swifty McVay: Wow, man, that’s a blessing, man, that’s a blessing.
Dubcnn: Yeah, Definitely. So what has been going on?
Swifty McVay: Man, we just got finished working on the D-12 Mixtape CD,
called Return of the Dozen. Just finished it, man, you know. Look for that
to come out toward the end of the month, the end of May. You know, we been
in the studio for about a good two and a half almost three weeks working on
that and we’re formulating a mix CD release party, too, the end of May also,
you know what I’m saying. So, I’ve been in work-mode, man, doing the mix CD
and about to put out this solo stuff on my own at the same time.
Dubcnn: Where will people actually be able to get the Mixtape?
Swifty McVay: You will be able to grab the Mixtape off of Napster,
iTunes, iTunes London, iTunes Japan -- all the big major stores, you know
what I’m saying, and maybe the MySpace. And there’s gonna be a big website
campaign network with it. All the information will be on
Dubcnn: Okay, so it will actually be commercially released to the public
Swifty McVay: Exactly.
Dubcnn: Yeah, that is great - so, how many songs are on it? Do you have
the track listing available and any other info?
Swifty McVay: The track listing will be available soon, man. There’s
about 18-19 songs on there. Mostly are all original tracks, you know what
I’m saying, so we giving you a nice little mix.
Dubcnn: Cool, that’s great. So it will be the D-12 collective. Are there
any, like, features or guest appearances from anybody else on the Mixtape?
Swifty McVay: Oh yeah, we got features with a lot of Detroit artists; we got
Royce Da 5’9” on there, you know, we got Guilty Simpson from Detroit, we got
Young Miles, we got T-Flame & Famous, you know what I’m saying, we got King
Gordy on there…
Dubcnn: So it is going to be Motor City classic…. So Royce Da 5’9” will be
Swifty McVay: Yep.
Dubcnn: Yeah, that is good man because you know how everybody has been
talking about how that whole Royce Da 5’9”/Eminem beef being squashed…. So
that’s a good thing…
Swifty McVay: Right. Yeah, that was about 5 years ago, man. So, you know, we
all from the same city, man, it’s time to do some unifying...it’s time to
unify, man, and bring the city together so we can have a powerful fist, you
know, and without that fist, man, the CD really ain’t nothing. A lot of
other cities are uniting and it seems like Detroit is hard to keep it
tight-fist, man. So, that’s what we doing, we’re bringing all the emcees
together so we can go ahead and unify, so it’s professional.
Dubcnn: Now will this release be through Shady Records?
Swifty McVay: No, this is gonna be our own release. We are still
dropping an album up under Shady Records but the mix CD is put together D-12
style, with the distribution of Shady.
Dubcnn: Okay, cool, man, that is great... Now you mentioned that there
would be a release party for that…is there any kind of confirmed date or
venue for that?
Swifty McVay: The release party is going to be on May 21st at the Magic
Stick Hall in Detroit, Michigan on Woodward Avenue. That’s the mix CD
release party. (Info below)
Dubcnn: Okay, that’s beautiful. So all the members from D-12 will be
there in attendance, too?
Swifty McVay: Yep, the members of D-12 will be there performing, along
with T-Flame & Famous, along with [King] Gordy, Guilty Simpson, Team Truly
and a couple other artists.
Dubcnn: That’s has to be exciting to bring out this new music…
Swifty McVay: Yeah, man, it will be the first performance party we had
since the Super Bowl when big homie Proof was living, so you know, it’s real
special man, we bout to put it down again.
Dubcnn: Yeah, will there be any Proof verses on the mixtape?
Swifty McVay: Oh yeah, most definitely.
Dubcnn: On a personal note, how are you all still dealing with the loss
of Proof, as your friend?
Swifty McVay: Man, you know, to be honest, man, we will never be
completely patched up again from that, man. There’s a void missing and we
will never be really up to par with it but I know each day that goes by
we’re getting stronger and stronger each day, you know what I’m saying. And
we’re dealing with it, but that void is gonna always be gone so it’s gonna
always be a part missing from us that won’t allow us to stand firm like we
want to because, you know, that void is gone, but we learn how to deal with
it by getting stronger and stronger every day by keep going on and doing the
day-to-day, it’s these situations that gets us stronger, you know.
Dubcnn: That is very deep…
(moment of silence)
Dubcnn: So you have the upcoming release party for the mixtape…are there any
other tour dates on the horizon for this summer?
Swifty McVay: Right now, we’re working on tour dates right now, we don’t
have any dates that’s carved in stone at this moment, you know what I’m
saying, but we going step-by-step. So, we going to go ‘head and promote the
music first and then we’re gonna get all the tour dates and the shows put
together afterwards and follow up - - we will have all that up on
Dubcnn: Well, I don’t wanna keep a whole lot of your time. Is there
anything else that you wanna promote or let people know how to find you…
Swifty McVay: Oh yeah. You can find Swifty McVay at
swiftymcvaysfyredapartment.com where you can go ‘head and hear, you
know, snippets and samples of the Forest Fyres CD. I got a solo EP coming
out, you can be able to purchase it online, called Under-Estimated Volume 1
-- got about 5 or 6 tracks on there -- and I’m also working on a Swifty
McVay mix CD myself that I’m halfway finished with. So at the end of the
day, you can get the solo Swifty McVay, you can get the D-12 mix CD, called
Return of the Dozen ,-- and we puttin’ it down -- and the CD release party’s
gonna be on the 21st of May, so it’s gonna be a big month.
Dubcnn: Yeah, that’s definitely exciting. So, you definitely got your
support with Dubcnn. We’ll definitely be talking to you again real soon.
Swifty McVay: Hey, thank you, man, I appreciate you, man, for putting me
air, man, and you know, giving me the time to let you know what’s going on,
man. It’s definitely a blessing and I will talk to you soon, man, thank you.
Dubcnn: Alright, thanks a lot...
Swifty McVay: Alright, peace and love Haywire!
D12 Mixtape Release Party
Wed, May 21 2008
4120 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Tickets: $12 US
Doors open at 8:00pm
Showtime is at 9:00pm
To find out more visit
To get tickets for the event visti
Excerpts from the Swifty McVay Interview. Listen