For the fans of rap and hip-hop music, DMX, on his real name Earl Simmons, is one of the genre's legends. With tens of millions of albums sold around the globe and several parts played in box-office successful movies, you would think that the rapper has a fabulous fortune.
DMX Net Worth - $2 Million
Birth Name - Earl Simmons
Date of birth - December 18, 1970
Zodiac Sign - Sagittarius
Birth Place - Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Nationality - American
Height - 5′ 11″
Profession - Film producer, Rapper, Actor
What is the truth and what is myth about the hip-hop star's extravagant lifestyle? Everybody knows that his songs spent a lot of time on the first positions in the charts around the world, but did he succeed to stay in the top of the richest rappers as well?
The Rise to Fame: DMX, or Dark Man X, was discovered by a columnist writing for a music magazine called The Source, who remarked the huge, unexploited potential of the artist. At that time, he had already tried for about a decade to make a name for himself in hip-hop, without much success.
However, soon after the columnist wrote about him, DMX signed with a company called The Ruffhouse, a subsidiary of the well-known Columbia Records. Over the next decade, he released three albums, including Then There Was X, his greatest box-office and artistic success.
The popularity the rap artist enjoyed brought him roles in several movies, some of them, like Romeo Must Die and Last Hour, real box-office successes. He also played in other cinematographic productions, like Cradle 2 the Grave, Belly or Exit Wounds.
Trouble at the Horizon: During his glory period, DMX net worth was believed to be of tens of millions of dollars. However, the fame soon started to show its dark face, as the box-office success of his albums encouraged his to adopt a luxurious lifestyle. He threw lavishing parties and showered the people in his entourage with expensive gifts.
DMX was married with Tashera Simmons from 1999 to 2010, his wife filing for divorce when he was incarcerated for the first time. He also had numerous affairs, some of them during marriage. From his wife and the other women he was involved with, the rapper has a total of 12 children.
The amounts he has to pay as child support, the money he spent on legal assistance and other reckless expenses drained his bank accounts. Reportedly, he only has $2 million now, considerably less than he had at his career peak.
According to some official sources, the rapper's financial situation was even more desperate, as, at some point, he even filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. His petition was dismissed by the Manhattan's Bankruptcy Court.