DMX Had a Role in The Birth of Action Bronson’s Son

Legendary rapper DMX was known for his humble spirit and realer-than-real attitude. Other artists in the hip-hop industry knew of the Yonkers-bred icon’s power and have taken every opportunity to pay him homage. One of those artists is fellow New York rapper Action Bronson.

DMX performing in-concert back in 2016
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Action Bronson had his third child in 2019

In a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, Bronson opened up about the role DMX had in the birth of his son in 2019. He regrets he wasn’t able to tell the rap giant the story personally.

Bronson was in the Andes with his family as his girlfriend was going into labor. She was in labor for 17 hours total, and the whole time, everyone was listening to Peruvian flute music to help coax the baby out of the womb.

DMX performing, 2012
DMX performs at the DGK Agenda Party at Cafe Sevilla on January 5, 2012 in Long Beach, California | Jerod Harris/WireImage/Getty Images

Action Bronson revealed DMX’s role in the birth of his son

Bronson’s girlfriend was in labor for so long that the doctor told them they only had an hour left before they would need to perform an emergency C-section. At that moment, Bronson stopped the flautist and started playing DMX’s 1998 hit single “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.”

“Turn the f*ckin’ Peruvian flute music off and I put f*ckin’ DMX on,” Bronson recalled. “That motherf*cker jumped out of her. I swear on everything! It’s on camera! It’s on film! As soon as the Peruvian flute music stopped and DMX came on, he f*ckin’ heard the dog and he came out; he just jumped out.”

“It hurts my f*ckin’ heart that I was never able to tell him that,” he lamented.

Action Bronson performs live during Rolling Loud music festival
Action Bronson performs live during Rolling Loud music festival at Citi Field on October 13, 2019 in New York City | Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

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‘Ruff Ryders’ Anthem’ remains one of DMX’s biggest hits

“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” remains one of DMX’s biggest songs even after his death in April 2021. It comes from his 1998 debut album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, when the no-holds-barred rhymer put the hip-hop industry on notice.

The iconic song was produced by prolific hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz. He was just a teenager at the time, and “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” was the first track he ever produced.

“I made the ‘Ruff Ryders’ Anthem’ beat in Atlanta,” Beatz recalled in a 2011 interview with Complex. “That track was the perfect blend [of New York and Atlanta rap] which was awkward and different at the time because nobody had ever heard anything like that.”

“DMX didn’t want to do it,” he continued. “He was like, ‘Man, that sounds like some rock ‘n’ roll track; I need some hip-hop sh*t. I’m not doing that. It’s not hood enough.” 

Still, it ended up becoming the song that changed both DMX and Swizz Beatz’s lives forever. DMX’s debut album came out just a week after “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” was released, and by the end of 1998, DMX had already followed up his debut album with his sophomore LP, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood.