Who is DMX and what is his net worth in 2019? Popularly known by his career name as DMX, Earl Simmons, the American rapper, actor, author and record producer was born on 18th of December 1970. DMX acquired his name from an instrument, the Oberheim DMX drum which he played in the 1980s. He is best known to rap music followers for his album And Then There Was X which included the song Party Up (Up in Here).
The single was an instant hit and eventually went to become his first Top Ten Hit on the R&B charts. Some of the films in which DMX starred include Romeo Must Die, Last Hour, Exit Wounds and Belly. In 2003, the rapper also was seen in a reality Tv series entitled DMX: Soul of a Man. He also published a book in 2003 which contained his memoirs and was entitled E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.
DMX was born as Earl Simmons to Arnett Simmons and Joe Barker and was raised as a New Yorker in Yonkers. He was sheltered in the Jehovah’s Witness faith. Earl has a story of an abusive childhood where he was forced to stay at group homes and faced charges and was frequently arrested.
DMX began showing signs of becoming a star when in 1991 The Source magazine praised the rapper in their Unsigned Hyped column which featured unsigned hip-hop artists. The next year he was able to record his debut demos entitled, Unstoppable Force and Three Little Pigs.
Columbia Records picked DMX in 1992 and signed him to a subsidiary label Ruffhouse. He released his debut single, Born Loser with them. Following the release, he made guest appearances alongside fellow rappers like Jay-Z, Jay Rule, Geronimo and LL Cool J in the next few years. In the month of February 1998, DMX released his first major-label single with Def Jam Recordings. It was entitled, Get At Me Dog. RIAA certified the single Gold.
His major-label album followed after that which included the song Ruff Ryders Anthem. The album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot was released in the month of May 1998. The album was a massive hit and sold over 5 million copies. It was at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. In the same year 1998 in the month of December, DMX’s second album was released and 670,000 units were shipped within a week of the album’s release. The album also stayed at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and remained there for straight three weeks.
The third album of DMX to debut at number 1 on Billboard 200 was And Then There Was X which was released in December 1999. Party Up, the single was his first Top 10 hit on R&B charts. His fourth album, The Great Depression was released in 2001 which went and stood number 1 on the Billboard 200. Though the album was certified platinum three times, the sales and critical success noticeably decreased. Perhaps, his issue with legal charges had something to do with it.
DMX went ahead to make other albums including Grand Champ which again topped the Billboard 200 charts making him the only artist in the industry to release 5 consecutive albums all of which debuted at number 1. He made history in his musical career. Following the huge fame, DMX signed with Columbia Records and in 2006, Year of the Dog…Again was released. Though it didn’t make it to number 1 at Billboards, it was a massive hit.
In the year 2001, DMX’s And Then There Was X was nominated for The Grammy’s best rap album and Party Up (Up In Here) was nominated for the best rap solo performance. In the next year 2002, Who We Be was nominated for the best rap solo performance.
In 2000 and 2001 respectively, DMX won the American Music Award for favorite rap/hip-hop artist. DMX didn’t win any MTV Video Music Award but he was nominated for best rap video in 1999, 2000 and 2002 for Ruff Ryders Anthem, Party Up( Up In Here) and Who We Are. In 2001, No Sunshine was nominated for best video from a film and in 2002, Who We Are was nominated for best breakthrough video.
DMX has reached great heights in his career but not everyone knows that his life has been plagued by incarceration and substance abuse. In the year 1992, he made a career move by signing up his first deal with the Ruffhouse record label but this was a wrong move on his part. The rapper couldn’t gather much publicity from it. After he made more albums like It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot and Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood, DMX again gained back his stardom momentum. His net worth was more than $10 million at one point of time. In 2012, DMX’s net worth reached an estimated 2 million dollars. But 2013 saw the downfall of his career and he started making merely around $5000 in a month. In the same year, he went bankrupt.
Net Worth of DMX
Strange as it may sound, but the legendary rapper DMX’s net worth is running in negative figures. He has an estimated net worth of $13 million. Though he has sold over 30 million copies of his songs worldwide, in 2013, he filed for bankruptcy. DMX has been squandering money like a spoilt brat.
DMX alias, Earl Simmons has won fame worldwide through his music records and has seen major ups and downs in his career. Currently, DMX is facing a low phase in his life and his fans only hope he will rise out of it.