Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is apparently running pretty low on cash. Once among the top-selling hip-hop artists in history, the performer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July. He had apparently built up over a million in alimony debt, owing more than over $450,000 in mortgage debt on a New York property, and another $479,000 to unsecured creditors.
Recently, a bankruptcy filing by a Wisconsin bank holding company was held up by the New York Times’ DealBook blog as a model of prudent and, in fact, innovative management. Typically, when bank holding companies file for bankruptcy, it’s far too late to save the subsidiary banks. Holding companies generally don’t consider filing Chapter 11 until bank examiners and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation sweep in and take over their banks.