DMX is one of the most popular American rappers who became famous way back during the early ‘90s with his hardcore hip-hop style of music. This managed to make him become one of the most prominent rappers to sell over 70 million albums worldwide.
The artist started his rapping career with the release of DMX’s first album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” and has sold over 250 thousand copies in just the first week of its release. He then continued to release more albums which were all critically acclaimed.
This success managed to land him several roles in the movie and television industry where he starred in titles such as “Romeo Must Die” and “Exit Wounds”.
With the massive success that the rapper has gained throughout his career, it’s a huge surprise that he currently has a net worth of -$10 million dollars. So how did he managed to get into such a financial situation?
Well, keep reading as we’re going to explain to you everything there is to know about him such as his career, personal life, net worth, and many more.
Celebrity Name: DMX
Full Name: Earl Simmons
Birthday: December 18, 1970
Place of Origin: Mount Vernon, New York
Height: 5’10” ft
Weight: 76 Kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Wife: Tashera Simmons (1999 – div.2014)
Profession: Rapper, Songwriter, Actor
Total Net Worth: $-10 million
Early Life and Childhood
Earl Simmons or popularly known as DMX was born on the 18th of December 1970, in Mount Vernon, New York.
His mother Arnett Simmons, solely raised the young Earl by herself as his father wasn’t around throughout his childhood. This gave him a difficult time as his mother and her boyfriend used to constantly abuse him.
By fifth grade, he got kicked out of his school and got transferred to “Julia Dyckman Andrus Children’s Home” for a year.
When Earl turned 14, he started to wander around the streets of New York as he tried to avoid the constant abuse that his mother was throwing at him. This led him to sleep around the streets at night until his mother decided to send him to a boys’ home.
In his stay in one of these boy’s home, he began writing hip-hop songs as this was one way of bonding with his friends.
This passion of his was eventually noticed by local rapper Ready Ron as he wanted to partner with Earl to make music together. He then adopted the name “DMX” and played songs in the boy’s home.
DMX had gotten married to Tashera Simmons back in 1999 and had four children together named Xavier, Tacoma, Praise Ella, and Shawn. Their marriage managed to last for a good 11 years until their separation in 2010 due to several issues with one of them being infidelity.
Throughout their marriage, DMX had several relationships with other women which resulted in him being the father of at least two children.
A DNA test managed to prove that he was the father of Monique Wayne’s son back in 2007 and was ordered to pay her a whopping $1.5 million dollars.
The rapper has also said in public that he had an addiction to crack cocaine. The started using the drug as early as 14 years old where he laced a joint of marijuana with the substance. He’s also claimed to have bipolar disorder.
Successful Career as an Artist
The rapper started his career during the ‘90s where he released his first album in 1998 called “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot”. With raving reviews, it became a critically acclaimed hit that’s sold over 251 thousand copies on the first week of its release.
Afterward, DMX continued to release more studio albums such as “Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood” (1998), “The Great Depression” (2001), “Grand Champ” (2003), and “Undisputed” (2012). Several of his hit songs include “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”, “What’s My Name?”, “X Gon’ Give It to Ya”, and “Where the Hood At?”.
With the success that he’s gained from his rap career, he’s also managed to be featured in a total of eight films.
Some of these movies included direct-to-DVD and he even managed to make a cameo appearance from the 2014 American comedy-drama “Top Five”. DMX also had an autobiography of himself called “E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX”.
Controversies and Financial Issues
The rapper has also gone through a lot of controversial issues throughout his career. He’s gone in and out of jail several times with cases like reckless driving, animal cruelty, and drug possession.
By 2013, he has filed for bankruptcy with $50,000 in assets and debts with creditors from $1 million and $10 million dollars. Some of his debts also include several children support that he needs to pay for his children which have reached over $1.24 million.
This debt problem that DMX has restricted him from traveling overseas, disabling him to earn a good amount to pay all of his current debts.
In 2017, he’s also been charged with tax fraud which has reached over $1.7 million, sentencing him to jail for tax evasion in 2018. A year later, he was released from jail while still having debt from the IRS of over $2.3 million dollars.
Awards and Nominations
With the successful career of DMX, it’s managed to earn him a few awards and nominations in his belt. He was able to be nominated for a few Grammy Awards and MTV Music Video Awards.
He’s also won two awards in the “American Music Awards” for “Favorite Rap/Hip-hop Artist” in 2000 and 2001.
DMX Total Net Worth
Due to the various financial issues that DMX is currently facing at the moment, his net worth has dropped to an astonishing -$10 million dollars. This includes the total debt that he has to pay off from several companies and also from child support.