When The Checks Stop Coming In: The Human Beat Box

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Yes. Another one bites the dust, again:

Rap icon Doug E. Fresh – best known for his ’80s hit “The Show” – has been socked with three foreclosure actions by banks looking to collect more than $3.5 million in unpaid mortgages on a trio of his Harlem homes.

The rapper, 46, also is being chased by American Express for nearly $60,000 in credit-card debt, and the IRS just slapped him with a $367,000 tax lien on top of more than $40,000 owed to the state tax collector, records show. The golden-voiced rapper, whose real name is Douglas Davis, grew up in Harlem. After his skill at vocally imitating drumbeats and percussion sounds made him famous in the 1980s, he stayed in the neighborhood, investing in local real estate and raising five sons.

He fell behind in payments and, according to a foreclosure suit filed in Manhattan in late August, 2008, he now owes more than $1.73 million. Davis is putting the finishing touches on Doug E’s Chicken and Waffles, a new Harlem restaurant slated to open next month. He declined to comment on his woes.

Ok, we know the economy is rough, but gotdamn, how does a cat let himself slip into over a milli in debt?? Maybe congress needs to get together and create a bail out package for some these broke-ass celebrities. Sheesh.


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  • MissBlaze43


  • Hannibal



    No not Doug E…didn’t they pay you for Virgo!

  • Mock Rock Star reporting for duty

    Gez Lousie…am I going to see all my beloved black folks business put out here…I think I am

  • Redd Tony aka Earth Sign "The ink of a scholar is worth a thousand times more than the blood of a martyr"

    Damn I thought his paper was straight amongst the senior citizen MC’s

  • MissBlaze43

    Boy, you better pay American Express. Ken Chenault ain’t havin’ it. Please pay your credit card bill because people are getting laid-off here left n’ right.

    Doesn’t he travel still and make money abroad? I thought that’s how all you old school rappers was still making your paper, by performing in Europe and Japan and all that.

    You better call your peoples and book some shows. Ken Chenault wants his money.

  • MissBlaze43

    @ Redd Tony

    LMAO @ Senior Citizen MC’s

    Word, I thought he was still in the game somehow, doing SOMETHING to still make that paper.

  • Nina Knows

    Am I the only one who thinks doug looks like a turtle?

    These celebs need to get they money right.

  • Raquel26


    Didnt you know that even in the game they try and keep up with the Joneses?? Everybody wants to look good, and pop champagne, and floss. But no one can pay their bills.

    Old school MC or New school artist……I have no sympathy because there are people making WAY less out here and are STILL gettin’ it in. So…sorry for ya!

  • Truer Words have never been spoken

    Donald Trump, Ed McMahon, Willie Nelson, Fred Sanford, Sammie Davis Jr, Wesley Snipes…

    Why is it that people do not learn from the mistakes of others? We should know by now that paying the IRS must be done first and foremost or they end up owning your ASS!!!
    Before you ball out of control, pay the irs!!

  • Raquel26

    @Nina: LOL

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Thats what I thought of when you said that!! Which one was the green one? Or was there a green one?

    and what was the other one?? lol

  • Encyclopedia Brown

    Beatboxing Fool. He’s two steps away from minstrel status.

  • Chanel Shades

    I agree with Hannibal. DE Fresh is cool. Let’s pray for him. He is talented and has longevity in the game and does not appear to be cracked out. I bet his property in Harlem has tax liens on it and not just a lapse in mortgage payment. Doug stays working unlike some of these hip hop slouches.

  • moi


    I just seen him at Club Karma rockin the mic. My guess is that he was leasing them out and the recession had folks not making payments (hopefully)…

  • Aunt Viv

    I like Doug E Fresh-I would do the wop to “The Show” when I was little. I pray for his financial deliverance…

  • Darkesthourglass

    I think the other turtle’s name was Raphael(?) I hope Doug E. gets it together. Makes no sense in this.

  • Nina Knows

    @Raquel26…lol the other one is Raphael. Their all named after famous renaissance artists…. yhea that was one of my fav cartoons as a kid.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles….. ROCK!!!

  • Jewish Baby

    he needs to do a vh1 reality show asap

  • Darkesthourglass

    I agree Jewish Baby. Never thought about that one.

  • Pedro* Harlem status*

    Beatboxing Fool. He’s two steps away from minstrel status.

    Peoples Always come with these hatin ass dumb ass comments
    Dougies a harlem legend , get ya jealous ass back to kansas

  • http://www.myspace.com/pynkpynkpantha Pynk (YOU BETTA BRING YO CAPE CUZ I’M BRINGING THE KRYPTONITE)

    @Pedro… morning darling!!

    I didn’t know he still had any money left to be spending like that… or think he could

  • Megatron

    Da f@#k man. How is everybody going broke.Bad spending habits maybe? Or were they really financially set in thye first place? Hmmm……………

  • http://www.esaw@rock.com marcus


  • Its6amHoGetOut

    Im just shocked Doug made enough money off that crappy ass song to have enough to get into debt $3.5 million dollars, Doug e’s chicken n waffles? $60k owe’d to american express?

  • Illuminate Truth

    Damn, not Doug E. Brotha used to put on a hell of a show though.

    LOL @Nina & Raquel26

    Yall ain’t right with the turtle reference……….and the Teenage Mutant Turtles at that? Wrong, just plain wrong (he does kinda look reptilian though).

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