Bizarre (rapper) (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Rufus Arthur Johnson (born July 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Bizarre, is an American rapper, best known for his work with Detroit, Michigan-based hip hop group D12. His songs frequently contain subject matter that often creates shock value, such as rape and drugs.
In February 2012, Bizarre officially announced that he had split from D12 and started his own group, The Weirdo Movement.
Bizarre was born as Rufus Arthur Johnson on July 5, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan. Bizarre grew up living with his single mother. 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 Saint Andrew's Hall, where rap battles would be held.
Bizarre made his first EP titled Attack of the Weirdos in 1997. 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.
Bizarre was featured on D12's first studio album in 2001 titled Devil's Night. Bizarre continued to perform alongside 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 Hannicap Circus. Worked with rappers Kuniva,Swift,Proof,Kon Artis, and Eminem in D12. He also featured in Eminem's album "The Re-Up". But following their fellow rapper's death(Proof), D12 and especially Eminem was affected greatly. The album "The Re-Up brought together all of Eminem's fellow rappers including all of D12 except for Proof.
In 2007, Bizarre released his second studio album called Blue Cheese & Coney Island.
In 2008 Bizarre was with D12 to record their first official mixtape titled Return of the Dozen, and returned to do a sequel in 2011 called Return of the Dozen Vol. 2.
In 2010, Bizarre released his third studio album titled Friday Night at St. Andrews. 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.
Bizarre along with King Gordy have 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.
Bizarre was featured in Snowgoons's music video with Swifty, King Gordy, Sean Strange and Meth Mouth.
In 2010, Bizarre was featured on a single "Be a Legend" of 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 an album, This Guy's a Weirdo, which includes a song entitled "Justin Bieber", featuring King Gordy. In the song, Bizarre fantasizes about raping and murdering Canadian singer Justin Bieber.
Main article: Bizarre discography
Hannicap Circus (2005)
Blue Cheese & Coney Island (2007)
Friday Night at St. Andrews (2010)
This Guy's a Weirdo (2012)
Attack of the Weirdos (1998)
Hate Music (2007)
Liquor, Weed & Food Stamps (2008)
A Pre-Coney Island Mixtape by DJ House (2009)
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)
Bizarre interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' September 2010