D12 has been with Eminem since the beginning of his career, which they spoke about during an exclusive interview with VladTV. The Detroit emcees shared stories about being in the studio while Em recorded his first project, “Infinite,” and Kuniva spoke specifically about working on track, “Open Mic.”
“To me, that’s what he sounded like, at first. That was the pinnacle of him being polite and cool. Em was really a straight up cool cat, but the frustration came out when he started getting the criticism about the Infinite shit, like, ‘It’s kind of soft. You sound like this person/that person.’” – Kuniva
“Basically the whole thing of D12 is everybody has an alter ego, so try to be the villain, a person completely different from who you are. That’s when he took the name Slim Shady.” – Bizarre
Speaking more about the album, the guys of D12 spoke about its poor reception, and Bizarre revealed that Eminem spoke about retiring if he didn’t place well at the Rap Olympics. Em ended up getting second place at the contest, and after Eminem called Bizarre with the news that he caught the attention of Dr. Dre, Biz quit his job at Hospital as security guard.
D12 would later go on to work with Dr. Dre, whom the group said treated them like his own artists, which you can hear more about in the below: