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Did you know that Ol' Dirty Bastard had 13 kids, three of whom he neglected to pay child support for in 1997 alone?
Illegitimate children are overwhelmingly common in rap music. From Brooklyn to the Louisiana bayou, rappers have been getting slapped with paternity suits ever since the scientific community introduced polymerase chain reaction testing in the '70s. Even Miami's Pitbull and Rick Ross have had to deal with alleged baby-mama drama over the years.
But a rapper demanding a paternity test when he's $160,000 deep in unpaid child support? That's not only risky but also Juvenile.
Juvenile. Cash Money millionaire Juvenile recently filed court documents to determine the legitimacy of his 13-year-old son, explaining it's for "procedural reasons to get custody." Speaking with TMZ, he insisted, "I hope the test proves that he is mine." But either way, it's OK, homie. 'Cause if the New Orleans rapper is not the father, he's off a $160,000 hook.
DMX. In 2004, Monique Wayne filed a successful paternity suit against rapper DMX. But in 2006, Earl "DMX" Simmons told Sister 2 Sister magazine that Wayne "raped" him after a night at the club, claiming his "dick be out" when he sleeps. In response, Wayne filed a defamation lawsuit, and a judge ordered DMX to pay $1.5 million for putting his foot in his mouth, known in the legal community as compensatory and punitive damages.
Busta Rhymes. This rapper (born Trevor George Smith) was allegedly busting more than quick-wit rap verses the night he and Jill Miskelly had sex in January 1998. Results of a paternity test proved Busta was the father of Miskelly's daughter, Mariah. Despite the fact that the rapper was paying $1,200 a month in child support prior to the test, Miskelly took his ass to court and demanded more money.
Lil Wayne. Those rumors about Mountain Dew reducing sperm count are completely bogus. The proof: Dew spokesman Lil Wayne already has four kids with four women. And in 2010, it looked as though he'd fathered a fifth when a Missouri grandmother in 2010 hit Weezy with a paternity suit, claiming that the New Orleans rapper was the father of her 8-year-old grandson. All signs, however, pointed to bullshit.
Rick Ross. Earlier this year, Tyrisha Childers filed a paternity suit against Rick Ross, alleging the MMG honcho was the father of her 3-year-old. The Bawse, of course, denied all claims. The rapper's legal team responded by filing papers stating Ross never slept with Childers and welcomed a DNA test. Rick Ross, you are not the father.
Pitbull. Until last year, Pitbull was paying Barbara Alba about $3,000 a month to cover child support for their 9-year-old daughter. But as Pit's celebrity status rose, so did Alba's demands. Being the mensch that he is, Pitbull obliged and settled out of court. Even Alba's lawyers complimented the Miami rapper for his swift resolution, saying, "Pitbull is a gentleman. This was resolved amicably."