Jamaican artist and producer BEAM, who is nominated twice for Album Of The Year at the upcoming 64th Annual Grammy Awards, has released a new single and music video for WIN from his impending debut album.
According to a release from BEAM’s camp, the track rides a head-nodding and hypnotic beat towards an instantly chantable chorus, pleading “I just want to win.” Flexing with focus and fire, BEAM leans into the 808s with a punchy flow as he admits, “Can’t remember the last time I took a day off.”
The accompanying visual, directed by madebyjames (Pyer Moss, Big Sean, BLXST), reflects the relentless energy of his hustle. Brandishing a Jamaican flag, he turns up outside surrounded by friends before hanging off various vehicles traveling at high speeds.
At the end of 2021, BEAM first teased the album with ANXIETY, a highly personal song which Highsnobiety described as a “dark trap universe” with “lazor-sharp bars [that] kick down the door into his world riddled with street set ups and anxiety.”
BEAM, whose given name is Tyshane Thompson, was born in Jamaica. He spent his early childhood years in Smokeyvale, St. Andrew before migrating to the United States at age nine.
The 27-year-old is the son of Gospel artist Papa San.
BEAM has received several 2022 GRAMMY Award nominations for contributions to various projects.
Among the accolades, via new standards set by the Recording Academy, BEAM is nominated two times in the category of Album Of The Year. The nominations are for his contributions to Justin Bieber’s Justice—where BEAM is featured on the song Love You Different, and co-wrote There She Go featuring Lil Uzi Vert—and Kanye West’s DONDA—where he co-wrote Pure Souls and OK Ok pt 2. He is also featured on the Major Lazer album Music Is the Weapon, which received a nomination in the category of Best Dance/Electronic Album.
Alongside Shenseea and Buju Banton this year (both on DONDA), BEAM is among the first Jamaican artists to be nominated for that award.
He previously released an EP, 95, to critical acclaim in late 2019. The genre-bending project served as a stellar introduction for the artist. Amid of wave of critical acclaim, he gave a must-see performance of the song 2X2 on COLORS while both Pigeons & Planes and British GQ named him a 2020 Artist to Watch.
Over the past several years, he has worked with names like Migos, 21 Savage, Internet Money (ft. Lil Uzi Vert, Don Toliver, Gunna), Skrillex, Pop Smoke, Pusha T, Maroon 5, MIA and more, while Rihanna used music composed by BEAM as the official theme to her 2020 Savage x Fenty show.