DJ Funkmaster Flex Says Industry ‘Friends’ Ignored Warning Signs About DMX

Rapper DMX (Credit: Deposit Photos)

DJ Funkmaster Flex is criticizing the music industry and “washed up” rappers for not doing enough to help DMX deal with his personal struggles.

As previously reported, the 50-year-old rapper was hospitalized in New York on Friday night after suffering a heart attack triggered by an apparent drug overdose.

In an interview published Monday, Flex told Page Six some people in the music industry tend to turn a blind eye when they see an artist struggling.

“The music business is a gorilla. It’s a bottomless pit of happiness or depression,” Flex said. “I don’t wanna say people don’t help you but I do want to say there are people who actually know [when a star is struggling, but don’t help] sometimes.”

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He also blasted some of DMX’s “friends” for offering thoughts and prayers on social media when a tragedy strikes, but doing little to prevent the tragedy in the first place.

“People can find the picture… that they had with the person that’s going through a tragedy in 30 seconds,” the Hot 97 DJ said, “but you haven’t called that person in 10 years.”

“Let me see the picture of you when you went afterwards to his house because you was so concerned. I never see that picture where they go to the house. Nipsey Hussle passed away and every washed up rapper made a pilgrimage to LA to go to the Marathon store to take a picture or to get their cards swiped. Bro Nipsey needed that support when he was alive,” he continued.

Flex hopes the music industry can learn from DMX’s current situation and make a change for future generations of music artists.

“I know he shares his demons and we may have to amplify that demon and amplify his story and his feelings so that the next generation can kind of see a little better, a little clearer.”

DMX’s manager confirmed on Sunday that the “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” artist is currently in a “vegetative state.” Fans have continued to gather outside the hospital in White Plains, New York, where DMX is being treated.

Watch DJ Funkmaster Flex talk about rappers and the music industry below: