Pusha T has one hell of an album intro for his upcoming My Name is My Name . On “King Push,” the G.O.O.D. Music rhyme dealer makes royal proclamations over an intense sound bed of military drumrolls and eerie synth keys. What makes the track even better is that it was produced by Joaquin Phoenix — or so we thought.
“While it was widely reported that Pusha T used my beat and that I produced his song, I can’t take any credit,” the quirky actor said in a statement issued to XXLMag.com. “A friend’s son played me his music, and all I did was make an introduction to Kanye’s camp.”
Turns out Phoenix’s friend is Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his son is the actual producer in question. “This is how I got it: Joaquin Phoenix gave the beat to ‘Ye, so when I got the beat from ‘Ye, it was, ‘Yo, Joaquin gave me this beat.’ So I’m just like, OK, I know Joaquin’s into music and the whole thing,” the Clipse MC explained to Rap-Up. “I believe it is the son, I want to say, of Lars Ulrich from Metallica [who produced 'King Push']. I hope I’m not wrong this time… It was a mistake because it came from Joaquin.”
When MTV News caught up with Push in September, he broke down “King Push” for us and confirmed that Phoenix produced the record. It was back in August when Push first revealed that Phoenix was involved with the creation of his debut LP My Name is My Name, though he never admitted to personally getting the beat from the actor. “When I turned [the album] in June, [Kanye] gave me probably two or three new beats,” he told Vibe magazine. “One of those beats was from Joaquin Phoenix, and it’s probably gonna be … I want it to be the intro to my album.”
This isn’t the first time Phoenix’s name has come up in hip-hop circles. In 2009, reports surfaced that the offbeat thespian was trying his hand as a rapper, but instead, it was revealed that it was all a bit for a mockumentary he filmed with Casey Affleck titled “I’m Still Here.”