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The Proov


1987 - current




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The Proov

Hiphop group that plays music in the style of the Native Tongue movement from New York. In 2000 the group shoots the most expensive video in the history of Dutch popular music.
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Cor Giesing   rap
Sven Willemsen   rap
Leo Reinders   producer
DJ Optimus   draaitafels

Former members

Omar Rey   rap
DJ Leroy   draaitafels, elektronica
Bradly Dunn Klerks   drums
Sander Schalk   draaitafels
Leon Rey   producer
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2003   Skiggy Rapz
2004   2562
2004   Nicolay
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Biography The Proov

Hiphop group that plays music in the style of the Native Tongue movement from New York. In 2000 the group shoots the most expensive video in the history of Dutch popular music.

1987 - 1996

Cee Major (alias Cor Giesing) and Omar Rey decide to start a band. DJ Leroy, a cousin of Omar, takes care of the beats and the equipment.


The first demo, Speakeroom EP, comes out. The track What I'm Not, released by CMC/Soul Relation, gets a lot of airplay on the New York Radio's Stretch & Bobbito Show.

Skate the Great


The Proov opens for Organized Konfusion and Tha Alkaholiks and plays at the Frozen Land and Planet Rock festivals. DJ Leroy leaves and the band signs to CMC Records.

Gertjan Mulder


The first tracks for the Traditions EP are recorded. The Proov gets help from Skate The Great, Rescue, Couzin Steve, Brainpower and Murth Tha Man-O-Script.

Skate the Great


DJ S-Dub (Sander Schalk) and rapper Gumshoe (Sven Willemsen) join the band. The Proov contributes a song for the compilation album This Is What You Want Part II. The Traditions EP is released and gets raving reviews. The song Feel The Heat is released on single. The track is part of a Nike commercial promoting Euro 2002, the European Championships football. Guest rapper on this track is MC Colombo (Raphael da Cruz). The British director Nick Gordon films the 3D video for the song, which also stars Dutch footballers Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Dries Boussatta. The Proov performs in the Nike Park in Amsterdam and at the Lowlands festival. The album Traditions comes out in November.


The album Traditions is re-released by the CMC/Soul Relation label.


The Proov records the live CD Reality Check.


The three-track maxi-single Nebula is released. Gumshoe starts imPROOVment records which releases the single Two Entropies in November.


After various try-outs in 2003 The Proov performs with a live band again. The line-up consists of two MCs, drums/sampler, a bassist and a DJ. In the fall the new (third) album comes out on the imPROOVment label.


The Proov The follow-up to Traditions is called Battle Mode, an album that features both warm and soulful songs as well as club tracks. For this album rappers Gumshoe and CeeMajor have worked with Colt, L Geronimo, Nicolay (Foreign Exchange), Mercury Waters (from Baltimore) and Kid Sublime. The album also features guest appearances by Couzin Steve, Incksalonius (Brooklyn, USA), Dee Ferguson and DJ Kypski.


At the end of April Utrecht-based label Flyin' High releases the 12'' Raise Your Fist/One Off by Dogdaze. The Proov provides raps on the title track, while DJ Leroy Rey remixes the flip side. The music is described as 'broken hiphop with a techno feel'. In June Gumshoe and DJ Sdub support J-Live (US).


The Proov travels to New York for shows on May 16, 17 and 19, among which a support slot for Brooklyn's rapper Incksalonius at her Flow Circuit showcase. While in NY, the Proov also contributes to her album. On August 25 the band plays at the dance festival Mystery Land. Gumshoe produces the digital TV show 12inches, commissioned by 101.tv and BNN. Fourth album Griddy is planned for an October release.

Discography The Proov

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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The Proov - Nebula
The Proov - Nebula
The Proov - The Ultimate
The Proov - The Ultimate
The proov - Two entropies
The proov - Two entropies
The Proov - Ritual Passage
The Proov - Ritual Passage
The Proov - Absolutely Ab...
The Proov - Absolutely Absurd
the Proov - feel the heat...
the Proov - feel the heat (welcome to Masterdam)
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