Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex Calls Out Celebrities, Industry Executives Who Weren’t There for DMX

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With the recent news of Earl Simmons, also known as rapper DMX, being rushed to a hospital in White Plains, NY, and then listed in grave condition, many have voiced their support for the troubled rapper. But, Aston George Taylor Jr., who is also known as DJ Funkmaster Flex of Hot 97 in New York, went on a rant blasting people who should have done more for DMX before this latest incident.

Funkmaster Flex spoke to Page Six about his disappointment with the people who knew that DMX had been dealing with his demons for years.

“The music business is a gorilla. It’s a bottomless pit of happiness or depression,” he 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. You don’t always get the best help when money is being made. It’s rough for someone like a DMX who may be in a mental and emotional state of childhood trauma that has happened to him and then being thrown into the money and fame. 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.”

Flex also blasted celebrities for posting photos with DMX on their social media platforms.

“People can find the picture… that they had with the person that’s going through a tragedy in 30 seconds but you haven’t called that person in 10 years. Let me see the picture of you when you went afterward 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.”