In February, the 34-year-old "Walk the Line" star opened up about his hip-hop debut, telling USA Today, "I want it to be big. Not big like popular. I want it to really try and be, for me, the culmination of my life thus far. I realize it's going to be for public consumption, so there are songs that are about ? there are dance songs. Most of it, I think, is an internal exploration."
The next month, Phoenix made good on his plan to "be big," although probably not in the way he intended. After rapping a few verses on stage at a Miami Beach club, Phoenix leaped into the crowd to confront a heckler, screaming, "We have a f*****g b***h in the audience."