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Joaquin Phoenix Says He Didn’t Produce Pusha T’s ‘King Push’

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Joaquin Phoenix might have just f–ked around and landed himself a production credit on a major label rap album… without even touching a beat. Less than a week before ‘My Name Is My Name’ is due to hit shelves (nice timing, J), the Golden Globe-winning actor has revealed that he did not, in fact, produce Pusha T‘s album opener, ‘King Push.’

In a statement released to XXL, Phoenix explained that it was actually a friend’s son who made the beat, and all he did was pass it along to Kanye West‘s camp.

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

While that would make a lot more sense, let’s not forget this is the same dude who went on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ with a beard and a bad attitude to announce that he’s giving up a hugely acclaimed acting career to be a rapper, before revealing it as a hoax a year later.

At the same time, can you really believe Kanye West — one of the smartest minds of our modern era — would mistake the message, “Hey Kanye, this is a beat my friend’s son made” for “Hey Kanye, this is a beat I made and totally not anyone else, including my friend’s son”?

Hell, would Ye — the guy who also turns around and gives them beats to Jay — even acknowledge a loose beat an actor sent him on behalf of his friend’s kid? I guess there’s only one thing we can be sure about: ‘King Push,’ whoever produced it, is fire flames.

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