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Joaquin Phoenix Did Not Produce Pusha T’s ‘King Push’

Pusha T, Joaquin Phoenix
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A little over a decade ago Joaquin Phoenix was known as the villainous Emperor Commodus from ‘Gladiator.’ Now he’s known for having a production credit for a song on a hip-hop album he apparently didn’t even produce.

The figurative question mark loomed over many hip-hop fans head when Pusha T told VIBE that Kanye West gave him a beat produced by Joaquin Phoenix, which was supposedly the introductory ‘King Push,’ off the Clipse member’s ‘My Name Is My Name.’ Phoenix released a statement to XXL revealing that he did not produce the beat, meaning Pusha T either was somehow misled or the initial news was a publicity stunt.

“While it was widely reported that Pusha T used my beat and that I produced his song, I can’t take any credit,” Phoenix said. ”A friend’s son played me his music, and all I did was make an introduction to Kanye’s camp.”

It’s a chivalrous move by Phoenix, because he could’ve proudly added this beat into his resume since it’s arguably one of the better ones on the album.

So as of now, Phoenix’s only remote contribution to hip-hop is his role in the mockumentary ‘I’m Still Here,’ which follows his transformation from an actor to a rapper.

The revelation doesn’t change the the list of other producers on ‘My Name Is My Name,’ which includes Swizz Beatz, Hudson Mowhake, Nottz and the Neptunes.

‘My Name Is My Name’ officially drops on Oct. 8, but it’s currently available for streaming.

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