Wu-Tang’s RZA tells Wired about his newest projects, Madlib’s character Quasimoto gets its own toy figure, and EW casts doubt on Joaquin Phoenix’s career change. Check out the round up:

  • It’s been rumored that RZA will leave the music business after the release of his solo album, The Cure, but the Wu-Tang Clan rapper has other ideas. He has recently released Afro Samurai Resurrection, a soundtrack for the popular TV series, and his music appears on the Afro Samurai videogame, released this week for the PS3 and Xbox 360. RZA also says that he made an album with System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, and is interested in directing a martial-arts film with fellow Clansman Raekwon. [Wired]

  • Kid Robot and Stones Throw have teamed up for the Quasimoto figure, which will be released February 19, 2009. A pseudonym of Madlib, Quasimoto is based on the character drawn by Jeff Jank and has a detailed history. The “Lord Quasi” figure is 8-inches tall and is available in equal quantities of yellow and blue, each with a brick and “cigarette.” Madlib is one of the most widely recognized hip-hop producers, whose works include a remix of original Blue Note recordings and collaborations with J Dilla. [Stones Throw]
  • Unnamed sources tell EW that actor Joaquin Phoenix’s recent reinvention as a rapper is not what it appears to be. Some thought that the actor had lost his head, but the truth is closer to an elaborate hoax to garner attention. “He says: ‘It’s a put-on. I’m going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey [Affleck] is going to film it,’” says the source. Phoenix’s publicist, of course, reaffirms that his music interest is real. [EW]