Bizarre Announces Departure From D12

Creative differences leads to split with rowdy rap crew.

Posted: 02/28/2012 03:08 PM EST

Bizarre, rap's brazenly shirtless big man long before Rick Ross came around, has announced that he's officially separated from D12, the Eminem-backed crew of hip hop hooligans that rose to fame in the early 2000s.


The Detroit native, born Rufus Arthur Johnson, confirmed the news in an interview with HipHopDX.


"I'm not in D12 no more," he said. "We just had creative differences and decided to go our separate ways — well I decided to go my separate way.... It’s a personal decision on my part. I think I’ve just grown as an artist and it’s time for me to branch off on my brand."


Bizarre, who has released three solo albums since 2005 and the cult-classic EP Attack of the Weirdos in 1997, said he's started his own collective called the Weirdo Movement.


"The Weirdo Movement, it’s consisting of me, my group FaygosandConey from Detroit, this guy named Fury, and my Asian brother from Seattle, Sonny Bonoho," Bizarre explained. "It’s just encouraging people that it’s alright to be weird, it’s alright to be different and speak your mind and dress and look however the f**k you wanna look. It’s a weirdo movement, it’s time for that. Hip hop is changing anyway, it’s getting more and more outrageous how they looking. And I been doing this sh*t for years."


The offbeat emcee also shared his thoughts on the latest troupe of troublemakers to shake up the genre, Odd Future.


"Aw, man. They dope. They remind me a lot of a young D12. They got a lot of energy," Bizarre said of the L.A. collective, which drew comparisons to D12 early on. "And to do the type of sh*t we do, it takes a lot of balls. [Laughs] It takes a lot of balls and craziness to do the type of sh*t we do, so I salute.  


Bizarre's fourth album, This Guy's a Weirdo, is due in stores March 30. Read more of his interview at HipHopDX.


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