Joaquin Phoenix and hip hop

We were told to blog this ‘Joaquin Phoenix on David Letterman’ clip for three reasons, besides that it’s awkward as hecht. 1. He looks like DeScribe and 2. he is now doing hip hop? and 3. he looks homeless, but to us he just looks like a mix between a hipster and a Chassid. He could fit in in Williamsburg and crown heights. Oh and Fox had this to say… “Phoenix appeared mildly offended, but continued on with the interview, later informing Letterman that he was putting acting behind him in favor of his music career as a rapper.

Still, what fans did not see was the presence of a film crew, led by the Walk the Line star’s brother-in-law, Casey Affleck. The film crew, coupled with Phoenix’s train wreck debut as a hip-hop artist, continue to raise the question … Is Joaquin headed down Amy-Winehouse-lane, or are the crazy antics and shaggy appearance all part of an elaborate joke?

Phoenix has vehemently denied that the career-change is a stunt.

“There’s not a hoax,” Phoenix said. “Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that’s possible, but that’s certainly not my intention.”

Still, despite his intentions, his music indeed was laughable, at least to Letterman’s audience, who could barely contain themselves when Phoenix spoke of his ambitions as a rapper.

Seemingly annoyed by the audience’s response, he asked Letterman, “What do you have them on? What do you gas them up with?”

The same could certainly be asked of Phoenix himself.”


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