That didn’t take long … just days after DMX flipped his ATV and was hospitalized, he returned to the scene of the crash to finish what he started … by popping some wheelies — and TMZ got it all on tape.

X tells TMZ … he felt COMPELLED to get back on his 4-wheeler just 4 days after he was released from the hospital … despite suffering a major concussion and numerous stitches from his last ride.

X says, “S**t happens, you know what I mean. Hopefully it don’t happen again … but I am a Ruff Ryder.”

It’s clear from the footage (taken in front of X’s South Carolina pad) … X isn’t scared to take that first joy-ride, saying “You gotta get back on that mother f-er … try it again.”

Fun Fact: X was riding with the stitches on his melon still intact … those won’t be removed until July 21.