The hip-hop star's girlfriend, Desiree, gave birth to a son named Exodus Simmons in New York City on Friday (19Aug16).

DMX missed the baby's birth as he was in Arizona, but immediately caught a flight to the Big Apple so he could meet the latest member of his brood, Desiree's first child.

The 45-year-old is revelling in new fatherhood, telling TMZ Exodus' arrival is a "blessing".

The news emerges weeks after DMX, real name Earl Simmons, reached an undisclosed divorce settlement with his estranged wife, Tashera, the mother of four of his kids.

The couple separated in 2010, and in 2013, she filed to officially end their 11-year marriage, during which DMX frequently cheated on Tashera and fathered numerous love children.