'Drugs killed a lot of great ones,' Master P says, urging the music industry to focus on prevention.
Master P wants the music industry to do more to help musicians who are struggling with addiction. After DMX was hospitalized on Friday after suffering a heart attack at his home about 11 p.m., the hitmaker, aka Percy Miller, 50, voiced his concerns to TMZ. It's still unknown whether the medical emergency was caused by a drug overdose.
The Grammy Award-nominated rap star (born Earl Simmons) is still a patient at White Plains Hospital in New York, where he was resuscitated and placed on life support last week.
"DMX is an icon, and I just hate that we have to wait until one of these people, or one of us, dies before anyone really starts telling you how much they care and love you," Master P told the outlet.
"We have to find out a way to avoid that," the star said. "I'm praying for DMX and his family because drugs have destroyed a lot of our great ones and taken a lot of them to jail."
"I hope that people begin to honor these icons while they are still alive," Master P said. "Imagine all the things we might have avoided for DMX if we'd been able to support him."
Master P said, "There will never be another DMX, he's one of a kind."
Master P stressed, "I feel like hip-hop needs some kind of union." "It's in the NBA. 'What happens if a guy falls off?' we must ask ourselves. After that, he sold millions of albums, including one to a woman. 'What happens next?' Consider it for a moment."
"When NBA players finish playing basketball, they go to SportsCenter and sit around, but where do hip-hop [stars] go?" He inquired.
Many hip-hop artists, including Master P, who formed No Limit Records, pursue numerous business ventures during and after their careers.
However, DMX, who has had appearances on both the big and small screens throughout his career, has struggled with drug abuse, which he claims started when he was around 14, when an adult he looked up to spiked his weed with cocaine.
The Cradle 2 the Grave star vividly remembered the incident that subsequently caused his decades-long struggle with addiction during an appearance on People's Party with Talib Kweli in November.
"Simmons began, "I loved this guy like an older brother, I didn't have any brothers," before fighting back tears and continuing, "But this guy... He not only [introduced me to drugs], but he also [introduced me to what would be the best part of my life: rap]. My life was blessed with a curse, and the curse part of it was — as I previously said, I didn't smoke cigarettes or marijuana. I was 14 years old at the time, and I didn't do anything... This is the first time I've ever felt like this. He laced the [cannabis] with crack, I later discovered."
"How could you do such a thing to a child?" DMX mentioned the following. "He was about 30 years old, and he knew how much I looked up to him... Why would you do anything like that to someone who looks up to you?"
Following a heart attack last week, the singer was scheduled to undergo a series of tests on Wednesday to ascertain his level of brain function and activity.
His boss, Steve Rifkind, told PEOPLE, "We are just waiting for the doctors to tell us what the next steps are."