Earl Simmons, more popularly known by his stage name of DMX is an American rapper, actor, and songwriter. He is one of the most legendary rappers of all time. At the age of just 50, DMX passed away yesterday i.e. on 9th April 2021. His family released a statement stating that he breathed his last at White Plains Hospital in New York after being on life support for the past few days. However, his passing away does not take away from us his entire life. So, let us see further in the article everything about DMX’s life and his net worth.
Earl Simmons (a.k.a. DMX) was born on 18th December 1970 in Mount Vernon (New York). He was born to Joe Barker (18-year old) and Arnett Simmons (19-year old) who were very young when they conceived him. However, they took his responsibility and raised him in Yonkers. Earl was Arnett and Joe’s second child as they had given birth to a daughter named Bonita two years ago. Nevertheless, Earl had one more sister who was born after him. Barker didn’t want Earl’s custody to go to Simmons. Consequently, he cut off all his ties with the family immediately after the birth of Earl. During his childhood, Simmons was beaten up by his mother and her boyfriends. This resulted in him losing teeth and getting seriously injured several times.
At the age of five, his family settled in Yonkers (New York). However, at the end of his fifth grade, his school kicked him out. So, he was sent to the Julia Dyckman Andrus Children’s Home for 18 months. Anyhow, by the time he was 14, Simmons wandered the streets of Yonkers to escape his mother’s abuse. Consequently, he found comfort in befriending stray dogs that used to walk down the streets at night. After he started doing this, his mother sent him to the boys’ home where he shared his love for hip hop music with the other students. His friends there encouraged him to write music on a professional level. Shortly after that, he met Ready Ron (a local rapper) while returning home. Ready was impressed by Simmons’ skills and hence, he asked him to become his partner.
In 1999, DMX married Tashera Simmons, his childhood friend. They remained married for 11 years before Tashera announced their separation. However, they had four children together whose names are Xavier (1993), Tacoma (2000), Sean (2003), and Praise Mary Ella (2005). Anyways, they remained friends. Apart from this, DMX had several extra-marital affairs from which he even had some children. In total, DMX had 15 children for 9 different women. His fifteenth child i.e. Exodus Simmons was born to his fiancee Desiree Lindstrom in 2016.
During his career, DMX faced several legal issues. He was subjected to legal action many times. He was sent to the juvenile unit of Woodfield Prison for the first time in 1986 after stealing a dog. However, he escaped prison just a few weeks later with his cellmate. Apart from this, he was charged with stealing a car, possession of marijuana, animal cruelty, and several other crimes. Moreover, he filed for bankruptcy three times but the US Bankruptcy Court dismissed all his claims.
Simmons chose the name DMX after an instrument that he used at the boys’ home: the Oberheim DMX drum machine. People even interpreted his name as ‘Dark Man X’ later on. He began his career in the music industry by beatboxing for Ready Ron in 1984. However, he had to serve time in prison for stealing a dog. At this time, he started writing his own lyrics and performing as well. He started taking rapping seriously and used to write lyrics dedicating all his free time. He even started performing with K-solo. DMX started recording tracks and also released his debut album. In February 1998, he released his major-label single “Get at Me Dog”. RIAA certified his single as gold. Later on, he released his second album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It was certified as multi-platinum.
In 2001, DMX was nominated for the Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards. Gradually, he kept rising and establishing his name as one of the most popular rappers in the music industry. In 2006, DMS signed with Columbia Records. After that, he kept releasing albums one after the other and gave hits back to back. In 2019, he signed his latest new record deal with Def Jam. He has also been a part of several movies and shows over the course of his career. Some of his best works include “Beyond the Law”, “DMX: Soul of a Man”, and “Big Pun: The Legacy”. Apart from all this, he has won many awards and nominations. Some of them are the American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist (Winner-2000), Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance (Nominated-2001 & 2002), and MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video (Nominated-1999, 2000, 2002, & 2006).
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DMX Net Worth 2021:
Despite having an extraordinary career that stretched through decades, DMX had several legal troubles. This includes reckless driving, drug possession, unlicensed driving, and many others. Moreover, he had a drug addiction problem due to which he spent many years in rehab. Even though the rapper had earned a lot over the course of his career, unfortunately, drug addiction and legal issues hampered his earnings and hence, his net worth. He even filed for bankruptcy and the government had charged him with tax fraud. Apart from all this, the government ordered DMX to pay $2.29 million in restitution. As a result, DMX’s net worth is negative $1 million.