Joaquin Phoenix Debuts New Career ... As a Rapper

If Joaquin Phoenix fans were shocked by his decision to retire from acting, their heads will no doubt spin when they hear about his next career endeavor.

The Oscar nominated actor is now an aspiring rapper, and introduced his new identity to the world on Friday.

“This is me saying who I am,” Phoenix, 34, told People magazine before taking the stage to perform as a rapper in Las Vegas. “This is my story.”

The “Gladiator” and “Signs” star also said that music is his real love, People magazine reported.

“When I was young, I liked punk rock music, but then I discovered rap. I love the storytelling aspect of hip hop,” he told People.

Fellow actor and brother-in-law Casey Affleck was also on the scene to film the event for his upcoming documentary about Phoenix’s foray into hip hop.

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