Joaquin's Rap Dream Is Real: Rep
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 9:54 AM CST

(Newser) – Joaquin Phoenix really is a struggling rap artist, a rep tells MTV. “The transition from one career to another is never seamless,” the actor’s publicist says. “He intends on exploring his musical interests despite speculative, negative, or positive reactions.” The statement is in direct contrast to rumors that Phoenix and brother-in-law Casey Affleck are staging the meltdown as an elaborate media hoax.