His Cash-Only Lifestyle Caught Up With Him
Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, has been arrested in New York and charged with 14 counts of tax evasion. During the rapper’s heyday in the early 2000s, DMX was one of the highest-paid acts in the world with albums like …And Then There Was X and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, both selling millions of copies. Despite not having released a new album since 2012, X has continued to perform and make appearances around the world. His revenue stream has been heavily padded by music licensing deals (you may remember hearing “Up in Here” in movies like Deadpool) and reality TV.
In total, it looks like the IRS is after DMX for $1.7 million in unpaid taxes, and court docs are going all the way back to his “X Gon Give It To Ya” days…
All Cash Lifestyle
TMZ reports that DMX has been avoiding using personal bank accounts for years, instead relying on surrogates like his business manager’s account and cold hard cash to make purchases. This kind of financial strategy doesn’t normally fare well…
Bills, Bills, Bills
In 2016, DMX announced the birth of his 15th child only a year after serving six months in the slammer for failing to pay $400,000 in child support for his other children. DMX has said in multiple interviews that he doesn’t believe a vasectomy is a good idea.
“Couples Therapy” Incident
According to court docs, when DMX appeared on the reality TV show Couples Therapy in 2012, he received a check for less than his agreed amount. This was because taxes were already withheld. He then demanded producers pay him the full $125,000 they agreed on. The IRS cites this as just one of fourteen other instances where X failed to pay his taxes.