Joaquin Phoenix's rap career: To believe or not to believe?

By now you’ve probably heard about (if not seen clips of) Joaquin Phoenix’s rap performance in Las Vegas over the weekend. The would-be rapper performed three songs from his upcoming album (said to be produced by Diddy), spitting a series of stilted, robotic rhymes while rocking a beard thick enough to shelter a family of opossum. When Phoenix first announced he was giving up acting for a life in hip-hop, we all thought he was nuts. Then, when videos of him actually rapping first circulated some weeks back, we started to think it had to be a put-on . And now, after this latest performance, coupled with the announcement that Casey Affleck is shooting a documentary about the entire experience, we’re starting to wonder this whole thing is just a rather unfunny Andy Kaufman-esque stunt that will end with the release of an Affleck mockumentary. Phoenix has shown a penchant for messing with people before, like the time he told a reporter on the red carpet that he felt like there was a frog coming out of his head. And why would Affleck make a documentary about Phoenix’s transition to rapping, seeing as he only just announced that he is now a rapper, so there’s little story to document? Here at EW, we’re as puzzled as you are about this whole thing. But if that spectacle on display over the weekend, which at one point included a disheveled Phoenix falling off the stage, is a serious attempt at a new career, then the one-time Oscar nominee has us seriously puzzled.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Can this be real? Do you see any redeeming value in it as a hip-hop performance? Would you be into an Affleck mockumentary about this insanity, should that be what it’s actually about?

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  • Andie

    It’s got to be a hoax. And if not…I’m afraid.

  • Michelle

    I think this is all so sad. Joaquin doesn’t seem to be in the right state of mind lately. He is so talented and I just hope he isn’t following the footsteps of his brother.

  • Jelana

    Ugh. I hate it when movie stars release albums, even if they’re good musicians. It’s like, don’t they have enough already?

  • thad

    whaaaaaaa?? what just happened?

  • Raven_Moon

    I really hope this is a hoax.

  • HM

    wow. I sure hope it’s a hoax. I adore him, this is painful to watch.

  • Derelect Phoenix Fan

    He needs to stick with acting. How dumb can you be???

  • wilma fingerdoo

    don’t quit your day job…

  • Derelect Phoenix Fan

    They should book these guys for the Oscars

  • Amelia

    When watching the video of Joaquin annoucing his retirement from acting, I am always thinking he is about to say “You just got punk’d!”. So I hope this is all a hoax. I really do.

  • Penny

    Maaaaaaaaaan… I had to stop that 45 seconds into it.

  • DW

    If this is real then there must be A LOT of drugs involved.

  • Alli

    Someone needs to set up an intervention for this guy. He’s either on something or has totally lost it. I am almost hoping the whole thing is just a lame publicity stunt. If it’s for real, I am seriously scared for the guy.

  • Paul Z.

    This performance is horrifying; why has no one told him that he’s embarrassing himself? Also, what is going on with his hygiene/wardrobe!?!?! I’ve seen bums downtown that look better than him. This had better be some sort of a joke.

  • Elena

    Joaquin Pheonix was crazy-good in The Village, Signs and especially in Walk The Line. What the hell is he doing?! He’s such a class A actor…but now he just seems like a class A hole. I mean, it would be one thing if he was singing…but rapping? Please get back to acting. You are awesome at that. This is just…embarrassing. Like Britney-no-underwear-embarrassing. It’s awkward for everyone, Joaquin.

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