As a hip-hop lover, you may already recognize one of most legendary rappers of all time, DMX. He was born Earl Simmons in Baltimore Maryland to teenage parents. Of course, there are some sad stories about him where his early childhood experiences led him to a life plagued with legal issues at an early age.
Her father abandoned him at birth. Then, she was raised by his mother, Arnett Simmons who always beat him badly. The sad news came where DMX was rushed to the hospital on April 2, 2021 following a heart attack once a reported overdose. His a vegetative state with lung and brain failure and no current brain activity incapacitated him. He died at the age of 50 on April 9, 2021.
Being one of the hardcore rap powerhouses, his music continues to be influential. The music he creates reflects his education and beliefs. Sure, after his death, the public wondered about DMX’s net worth which led him as the fift best-selling rap artist in the United States.
What Is DMX’s Net Worth?
As of this writing, DMX’s net worth is estimated -$1 million at the time of his death. In the last decade of his life, he struggled personally, legally and financially. He has been inmated numerous times. In 2003, DMX declared bankruptcy listing just $50,000 in assets and between $1 million and $10 million worth of liabilities.
DMX was charged with 14 counts of tax fraud in 2017 which landed him a 1-year jail and in debt to the tune of $2.3 million.
DMX’s Career Journey
His rap career began in the late 1990s. His first album, ‘It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)’ got critical acclaim and commercial success. His debut album sold 251,00 copies within its first week. Until now, the album has sold more than five million copies.
DMX’s his best-selling album ‘And Then There Was X( (1999) came just one year later on December 21, 1999. His album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 which was certified 6 times Platinum. His popular track on the album is ‘Party Up (Up in Here)’ as one of his biggest hit singles and his first Top Ten hit on the R&B charts.
DMX’s other popular singles are ‘Ruff Ryders’ Anthem’(1998), ‘What’s My Name?’ (1999), ‘X Gon’ Give It to Ya’ (2003), and ‘Where the Hood At?’ (2003). If totaled, he has released 7 studio albums with his most recent album, ‘Undisputed’ which was released on September 11, 2002.
‘Undisputed’ album received mixed reviews from music critics which debuted at number #19 on the Billboard 200, selling 12,000 copies. He also has sold over 70 million albums worldwide to date over the course of his career.
He also won American Music Awards in 2000 and 2001 for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, DMX has been nominated for five MTV Music Video Awards and three Grammy Awards. during his rap career, he also starred or played supporting roles in 8 films.
DMX has acted in numerous direct-to-DVD movies and created a cameo in the film Top Five in 2014. Then, he released his autobiography titled ‘E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX’ in 2002.
When DMX was 5 years old, his family relocated to Yonkers, New York. He was raised in the Jehovan’s Witness community which had a difficult childhood. DMX was mistreated by his mother and her boyfriends.
DMX was kicked out of school in fifth grade. Then, he was sent to the Julia Dyckman Andrus Children’s Home for more than a year. He then returned to another boys’ home years later as a teenager. At that time, DMX began writing hip-hop music and performing for his friends.
He finally met local rapper Ready Ron who admired his beatboxing skills and two became partners. He then chose the name ‘DMX’ inspired by an instrument, the Oberheim DMX drum machine. DMX here means Dark Man X.
In 1999, he married Tashera Simmons and they remained married for 11 years and had 4 children, Xavier, Tocoma, Praise Mary Ella, and Shawn. Unfortunately, in 2010, Tashera announced their separation.
During their marriage, he was not loyal and DNA testing confirmed that he is also the father of two children as a result of extramarital affairs. Once DNA results proved, he fathered Monique Wayne’s son in 2007, he should then pay her $1.5 million.
With a career spanning a decade, he is involved with legal issues such as driving without a license and recklessness, taking illegal drugs which all stem from his drug addiction. Of course, the legal troubles and drug addiction he was experiencing had stifled his income and net worth. He was charged with tax fraud. He was also ordered to pay $ 2.29 million in restitution to the government.
DMX a cocaine addict who turned him into a drug addict when he was 14 years old. He also admitted to having bipolar disorder after he smoked marijuana mixed with it.
In 2016, he was found unresponsive in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in Yonkers. Before being rushed to the hospital, he was given Narcan by First Responders to resuscitate him. Although the Police did not find any illegal substances in his house, an eye witness said that DMX ingested several types of substances before he was unconscious. He stated that it was caused by an asthma attack.
He suffered a heart attack reportedly caused by a drug overdose that ended up in a coma in April 2020. Tragically, DMX died on April 9, 2021 at the age of 50.
Apart from drug abuse, he has also been arrested for several cases such as animal cruelty, reckless driving, identity forgery and other offenses. He was later sentenced to one year in prison for tax evasion in March 2018. In January 2019, he was released but at the time of his release he still owed the IRS $ 2.3 million.
Finally, the government will decorate his income until the debt is paid off and he is expected to make monthly installments.