Jan 18 2009
Joaquin Phoenix - F- Hollywood fists

Joaquin Phoenix Rapping in Las Vegas: Someone Needs a Timeout

I mentioned Joaquin Phoenix’s decision to leave the movie business, as a side-dig in the “Angelina Jolie Next to Quit Acting” blurb. Enough of memorizing Gladiator lines and conjuring up the ghost of Johnny Cash, Joaquin decided that he wanted to pursue his real passion - music. You hear that and think, ok the guy’s got some money in the bank, he has the ability to chase his true passion. That’s before you realize his music thing is going to involve rapping. I would have bet on John Mayer-like sounds, but Joaquin explained to PEOPLE: “Hip Hop? I grew up on it.”

“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.. This is me saying this is who I am. This is my story.

On Friday, Joaquin Phoenix debuted ‘his story’ at LAVO in Las Vegas. Disturbing is the best way to describe it. In the club and online, people seem to be waiting for the punchline, as if he really can’t be serious about this. Is it even him? Looks like it. Compare the guy in the video with PEOPLE’s pic.

After the intro he got all House of Pain on folks..

Joaquin Phoenix is ready for you oh-so-critical, creative illiterates.. “Are there people out there who think I’m a joke? I’m sure there will be. Are there people who think it’s going to suck? Probably, but I can’t worry about that.”

He falls off the stage in that clip. Let’s just say this leaving Hollywood thing looks like he’s really in need of a room at Cirque Lodge.

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 Pare Tue, Jan 20, 2009 - 12:04 pm

JP as a rapper? Don’t think so. Funny thing is I just saw Notorious and then Walk the Line at home that same night. Notorious - Amazing.
Walk the Line = eh. Let’s just say Biggie was a far better rapper than Phoenix is (or was?) an actor.

2 Not Telling Tue, Jan 20, 2009 - 12:07 pm

How can you even mention that fool and the genius of B.I.G. in the same post?!? But glad to hear the movie is great. We are all - like 10 of us - going tonight!

3 Blam Sun, Jan 25, 2009 - 9:18 am

What a crappy audience, was there really nobody who could slap him into this world?? wake him up? or make him apologize? boy that dude sucks… 4 real

4 Starleigh Tue, Jun 28, 2011 - 12:19 pm

Never would have thunk I would find this so indseinpsable.

5 Cornelia Wed, Jun 29, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Wow, this is in every resepct what I needed to know.