Bizarre (rapper)

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Bizarre
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Bizarre in May 2008
Background information
Birth name Rufus Arthur Johnson
Born (1976-07-05) July 5, 1976 (age 38)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, horrorcore
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1995–present
Labels Red Head, Koch, Presto, AVJ, Shady
Associated acts Outsidaz, D12, Eminem, The Davidians, King Gordy, Tech N9ne
Website bizarresworld.net

Rufus Arthur Johnson (born July 5, 1976),[1] better known by his stage name Bizarre, is an American rapper, best known for his work with Detroit-based hip hop group D12.

Early life[edit]

Bizarre was born Rufus Arthur Johnson on July 5, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan. Bizarre grew up living with his single mother. He started rapping when he was in fifth grade. His teacher thought he was talking to himself, and began calling him 'Bizarre'.[2] In 1995, he joined the rap group D12 with neighborhood friends DeShaun "Proof" Holton, Carnail "Bugz" Pitts, and Von "Kuniva" Carlisle. He also met Marshall "Eminem" Mathers through Proof. Bizarre used to attend a club on Friday nights called 'The Shelter' in Saint Andrew's Hall, where rap battles were held.

Career[edit]

1990s[edit]

Bizarre released his first EP titled as Attack of the Weirdos in 1997. The album features Eminem, Kon Artis, and more. For a while, he did not practice his solo career, rather performing more often with his rap group, D12. Bizarre was present for D12's first EP in 1996 titled The Underground EP.

2000s[edit]

Bizarre was featured on D12's first studio album in 2001 titled Devil's Night. Bizarre continued to perform with D12 without practicing his solo career, not until after the release of D12's second album D12 World in 2004. Bizarre then released his first official studio album in 2005 titled as Hannicap Circus. He had also worked with rappers Kuniva, Swift, Proof, Kon Artis, and Eminem in D12. He was also featured in Eminem's compilation album Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, on a track called "Murder" that features Kuniva, released in December 5, 2006. But following the death of rapper Proof that took place in April 2006, D12 became inactive for some time. The album Eminem Presents: The Re-Up brought together all of Eminem's fellow rappers including all of D12, except for Proof, who also appeared on the album for the track "Trapped", which samples "Oil Can Harry" that features Eminem, which appeared on the mixtape Grown Man Shit.

In 2007, Bizarre released his second studio album called Blue Cheese & Coney Island.[3] In 2008, Bizarre was with D12 to record their first official mixtape titled Return of the Dozen, and returned to do a mixtape sequel in 2011 called Return of the Dozen Vol. 2.

2010s[edit]

In 2010, Bizarre released his third studio album on Average Joes Entertainment AVJ, entitled Friday Night at St. Andrews.[4] The album is more reality-based on actual situations throughout Bizarre's early life and career, thus the album is more conscious than his previous releases. The album features guest appearances from Seven the General, Royce da 5'9" Tech N9ne, Yelawolf, Kuniva, and more.

The first single released was "Believer" with Tech N9ne & Nate Walker.[5] The second official single for the album was "Rap's Finest" featuring Kuniva, Seven the General, Royce da 5'9" & Redman.[6] However, for unexplained reasons, Redman would not appear on the album version of the single or the video.[7]

Bizarre, along with King Gordy, formed a hip hop duo called The Davidians. The Davidians were featured on Esham's mixtape, The Butcher Shop. The duo is currently seeking a record label.[8] Bizarre was featured in Snowgoons's music video with Swifty McVay, King Gordy, Sean Strange and Meth Mouth.

In 2010, Bizarre was featured on the single "Be a Legend" with Russian hip-hop group Red Family MC'z. In 2011, Bizarre was featured on the track "Shock Em" with underground rap group Bankrupt Records for the album Double Vision. In 2012, Bizarre released his fourth mixtape, entitled This Guy's a Weirdo, which includes a song entitled "Justin Bieber" featuring King Gordy that was released along with a music video via Reel Wolf. In the song, Bizarre fantasizes about raping and murdering Canadian singer Justin Bieber.

In 2014, he released a song called "Pray for Me" for his upcoming album. In an interview with Peter Czymbor on WXBR in February 2014, Bizarre confirmed a new D12 album will be released sometime in 2014. He also confirmed his next album Eleven would be released in April 2014.[9] His Lace Blunts 2 mixtape was released in March 2014, with nineteen tracks featuring guest artists such as Rittz, Young Zee, King Gordy, and Big Tone.[10]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Bizarre discography
Studio albums
Extended plays
Mixtapes
  • Hate Music (2008)
  • Liquor, Weed & Food Stamps (2008)
  • A Pre-Coney Island Mixtape by DJ House (2009)
  • This Guy's a Weirdo (2012)
  • Lace Blunts (2013)
  • Lace Blunts 2 (2014)
Discography with D12
  • The Underground EP (1996)
  • Devil's Night (2001)
  • D12 World (2004)
  • Return of the Dozen Vol. 1 (2008)
  • Return of the Dozen Vol. 2 (2011)

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