The influential rapper sold more than 74 million records worldwide.

Rapper DMX owed the Internal Revenue Service $700,000 in unpaid taxes at the time of his death.

The tax debt, first reported by Radar, showed the popular and influential rapper, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was in deep financial trouble in the final years of his life.

The IRS filed its lien against DMX and his ex-wife Tashera Simmons on September 17, 2020. The debts, for the tax years 2002, 2003 and 2005, totaled $663,554.55

DMX started his music career in the early 1990s and his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, sold more than 250,000 copies and received critical acclaim. Overall, DMX sold more than 74 million records. He also appeared in several movies, including Belly, Romeo Must Die and Cradle 2 the Grave.

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