Proof album set for release

Late rapper’s challenge to record an album in one day gives fans with new material in March.

Adam Graham / Detroit News Pop Music Writer

S lain D12 rapper Proof will live on with “Time a Tell,” a new album and movie his label, Iron Fist Records, is planning to release next year.

“Time a Tell” features 18 tracks written and recorded by Proof during a 24-hour period in January 2006. He was challenged by his friend Julius Myers, known as DJ Jewels Baby, to write and record an album in one day, Jack Bauer-style, and “Time a Tell” — a spinoff of the phrase “time will tell” — will document the crazed, Red Bull-fueled sessions.

Iron Fist president Cleveland Hurd, a.k.a.1st Born, says he’s looking to premiere the 76-minute companion film March 8 at the Star Southfield, with the album release to follow shortly thereafter.

Proof, whose real name was Deshaun Holton, was killed April 11 at an after-hours club in Detroit; he was 32. He toured the world with his best friend Eminem, and acted as Em’s hype-man on stage.

“The world was cheated. They never got to see this side of (Proof),” 1st Born said Wednesday.

“Time a Tell” was recorded at Jewels’ home studio on Detroit’s west side. “It shows how serious Proof was about recording,” says Jewels, who also worked on Proof’s 2005 solo album “Searching for Jerry Garcia.”

He says they started recording at midnight and never slowed down.

“I never caught him getting sleepy,” Jewels says. “As soon as he came in, he went to work, and he didn’t stop until time was up.”

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