Dmx was also known in real life as Earl Simmons and was born in New York on December 18th, 1970. He was both an actor and a rapper. Dmx had a breakthrough in 1998 after the release of his first album. He became an instant hit and went on to appear in a lot of movies. Before his death on April 9th, 2021, Dmx had a lot of legal issues and went low in terms of his finances.
The Fall of Dmx and Controversies
In 2013, Dmx shockingly revealed he was broke. Finally, in 2017, he was charged with 14 counts of tax fraud and landed in jail for a year as a result of a debt of $2.3 million. He also married Tashera Simmons in 1999, had four children, and finally divorced after 11 years of marriage in 2010. Their marriage ended as a result of extramarital affairs. In all, Dmx fathered about 15 children.
He had a strong addiction to drugs. In 2016, he was rushed to the hospital for inhaling some unknown drugs. However, his final end came after another drug overdose in April 2021. This led him into a coma and died on 9th April 2021.
Dmx Career Sucess Stories
Little Dmx was raised in a Jehovah Witness community and had a hard time growing up. His mum and boyfriends abused him so badly that he couldn’t do well at school. With little attention for school, he was kicked out of school at fifth grade and he was sent to the Julia Dyckman Andrus Children’s Home.
It was at this time that Earl Simmons started to write songs. He sometimes performs to friends and with much work he partnered with another local rapper, Ready Ron. Ron really loved how Simmons rapped and so the two became close. Simmons then decided to pick the nickname “Dmx” which was coined from one of the instrumentals, “Oberheim DMX drum machine”.
In 1998, his debut album “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” sold 251,000 copies in the first week. According to statistics, the album has been bought about 5 million times. Dmx’s best-selling album, “And Then There Was X” in 1999 was number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified six-times Platinum. His other tracks “Party Up (Up in Here),” topped the R&B charts. In all, Dmx released about seven studio albums with his recent “Undisputed” on September 11, 2012.
In his career, he won American Music Awards in 2000 and 2001 for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. He has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards and five MTV Music Video Awards. Before his death, Dmx had starred in eight films. He finally released his own autobiography, entitled E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX in 2002.
Net Worth of Dmx
Before his death, Dmx had a lot of problems with the law. He had problems with resisting arrest, animal cruelty, reckless driving, unlicensed driving, drug possession, identity falsification, etc. As a result of his financial breakdown and bankruptcy, Dmx’s net worth is -$1million. He had nothing at the time of his death.