Master P Says Hip Hop Need A Union Amid Death Of DMX

Master P is calling on rappers to get together to prevent further cases similar to DMX’s case. He has suggested the creation of a hip-hop union.

While he said that he is also praying for the rapper, he told a TMZ cameraman that a proper hip-hop union could help a lot of at-risk rappers who need support from their own community. Master P also suggested that DMX’s, real name Earl Simmons, an overdose could have been prevented. He explained his vision was similar to retired basketball players who often become analysts or coaches.

“DMX is an icon. I just hate that we have to wait for something to happen to one of us before everybody really starts saying how much they care and love you. We got to figure out how to prevent that,” Master P said.

He added that it was time to have a frank conversation about the way forward for Hip-Hop artists who may be suffering. “The truth hurts– drugs done killed a lot of our great ones. It’s sent a lot of them to prison. I’m praying for DMX and his family. I hope that people start celebrating these icons while they’re alive. Imagine all the stuff that we could have prevented for DMX to help him. I feel like hip-hop needs some type of union. The NBA has it. What happens when a guy falls off after he done sold millions and millions of records? We need that,” he continued.

To get such a union going, it would take a new education drive on issues such as financing.

“I think it starts with education. I want to really start educating our people and letting them see that– even LeBron and KD, Kyrie Irving, everybody that represents Black Lives Matter, when the NBA talks about they’re putting money back into HBCUs, I want to see where that money go at,” he added.

He continued: “The education that we can invest in the next generation, we can prevent this. If you look at all the heroes and stars that we lost.”

DMX died on Friday, April 9, 2021, after spending a week in the hospital on life support. The entire hip hop community has been reacting to his untimely death with tributes from all over the world pouring in.

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DMX Not Dead, Rapper’s Manager Dispelled Death Rumors

Steve Rifkind, DMX’s manager, has confirmed that the rapper is still alive and is urging the public to stop spreading rumors.

This comes after the “RIP DMX” hashtag has been trending on Twitter, with many fans speculating that the rapper has passed on. In a video posted on Instagram, Rifkin, who is also a longtime friend of the rapper, said, “Please stop with posting these rumors. DMX is still alive. Yes, he is on life support, but please, its not helping anybody by having them seeing these false rumors. Let the family relax for a night.”

Rifkind added that the public will be getting a statement from the family sometime tomorrow, April 9. While DMX is alive, after nearly a week of admission at the ICU of White Plains Hospital in New York, the 50-year-old rapper has been showing no signs of improvement. Reports are that the “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is suffering organ failure, and doctors see no signs of improvement and little to no brain activity.

The family of the rap legend is left with the difficult decision of whether or not to withdraw life support. Last Friday, April 2, DMX suffered a heart attack at his home caused by an overdose and has been in a vegetative state since. Reports are that after he was rushed to the hospital for nearly half an hour, he was deprived of oxygen, severely impacting his brain.

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A prayer vigil was held for the rapper earlier this week outside the White Plains hospital, where friends, family, and fans prayed for the artist’s recovery.

DMX has been facing drug addiction issues for many years and was very open about his struggle. The rapper told the media that his first time using crack cocaine was at age 14 when he accepted a blunt from his mentor that was laced with crack. He found out what his mentor had done sometime later, but apparently, it was too late.

DMX had sought rehabilitation multiple times, including in 2019 when he did a stint and came back out sober. X told Iyanla Vanzant, host of the OWN series Iyanla: Fix My Life, that his drug issue was an ongoing battle.

“I will always have a drug problem. Just because you stop getting high doesn’t mean you don’t still have the problem, because it’s a constant fight every day.”

While his family is faced with a tough decision whether or not to take him off life support, DMX fans are urged to refrain from spreading false news about his death on social media.

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DMX Remains On Life Support Despite Lawyer Claiming Otherwise

A lawyer who says he is representing DMX is backtracking off his previous statement that the rapper is off life support and breathing on his own.

The attorney admits that there is still a lot of concern regarding his condition. “It would be disingenuous of me to suggest that I’m not a worried man at this particular point,” the lawyer told Rolling Stone.

The “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, suffered a heart attack caused by an overdose at around 11 pm yesterday at his home.

Richman told the media that he was hospitalized immediately and listed in “grave condition.” The 50-year-old artiste had to be resuscitated by medical personnel at the White Plains New York critical care unit.

Richman released a statement after the incident, “I received a call this morning that Earl Simmons was in the hospital, at the White Plains Hospital, and that he had had a heart attack, and I’m not sure how it was induced and that he’s on life support.”

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It is not disclosed what the rapper overdosed on, but DMX has never been one to hide his struggles with cocaine addiction and has sought rehabilitation several times.

In 2017, the rapper reportedly checked into a rehab facility, and later in October 2019. He also did the same while he was celebrating the 20th anniversary of this platinum debut album, “It Dark and Hell is Hot,” on tour. According to The Grio, DMX said that the first time he ever used crack cocaine was at age 14 when his mentor gave him a blunt that he did not know was laced with crack.

In 2013 on an episode of the OWN series Iyanla: Fix My Life, DMX opened up about his issues with substance abuse to the host Iyanla Vanzant.

“I will always have a drug problem. Just because you stop getting high doesn’t mean you don’t still have the problem, because it’s a constant fight every day,” the rapper said.

Fans and colleagues are praying for the artiste’s recovery, hoping that he is not defeated in his everyday fight, even though it is difficult.

Celebrities including Tyrese, Casanova, T.I, Justin Laboy, and Trevor Jackson sent tributes to the artiste, urging him to keep fighting and the public to keep praying.

DMX’s lawyer later released a new statement saying that he was “given wrong information.” It is now being reported that the rapper is still on life support, although it is unconfirmed the true status of his condition at this time.

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