Joaquin Phoenix Raps, Pumps Fists
Back in October, we heard Joaquin Phoenix was going to quit acting to pursue a career in rap and hip-hop. Despite our hallucinations, drug use, and trips to an alternate Universe, this news is very real and astonishingly true. Phoenix has been recording songs and pumping his fist to his wicked lyrics with the help of his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck. This is definitely a bold and interesting move to say the least. It's probably easier to produce rap album than a movie these days anyways. Maybe Phoenix is just looking for a quicker path to retirement (like he needs one...).
"This is me saying this is who I am. This is my story," the actor-turned-aspiring rapper told PEOPLE before taking the stage at Las Vegas club LAVO.
"After all the years of reading scripts and reading lines, this is my chance to do something straight from the heart and put it out there," he said. And why hip-hop? "When I was young I liked punk rock music but then I discovered rap. I love the storytelling aspect of hip-hop."
Fluttering around the club's catwalk, Phoenix, 34, rapped to the sounds of a drum beat and encouraged the crowd to dance. Though dancing was at a minimum, the crowd watched intently as a scraggly Phoenix – who donned a scraggly beard, long, unkempt hair and a ripped gray hat – hopped up and down and pumped his fist in the air during certain lyrics. (source)