GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING RECORDING ARTIST BEAM RELEASES NEW TRACK “FU”
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING RECORDING ARTIST BEAMRELEASES NEW TRACK “FU” WATCH THE VIDEO HERE BRINGING NEW TWIST TO FU-SCHNICKENS’ “TRUE FUSCHNICK”
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Today, GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist BEAM releases the hard-hitting track “FU” via Legacy Recordings (listen HERE) , the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and accompanying music video via Epic Records (watch HERE). Bringing a fresh spin to the Fu-Schnickens’ classic record “True Fuschnick,” the track is the debut single off of the EP, The Replay: A Remix Collection, which will be released in early 2024. In celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th birthday, the 6-track EP will spotlight up-and-coming artists across the Sony Music Entertainment roster paying homage to the classics via cover versions, interpolations and remixes.
With November marking National Hip Hop History Month, “FU” illustrates how the early sounds of the genre have inspired the new wave of talent. Hailing from Brooklyn, the Fu-Schnicken were known for their high-speed raps and unique rhythm style. Their 1992 debut album Don’t Take It Personal became RIAA Gold-Certified. BEAM has a special connection with the group’s standout track “FU” as his father, Jamaican singer Papa San, influenced the Fu-Schnickens.
“I fell in love with the song because of the fast rap, which is something my dad did a lot,” said BEAM. “It was one of the first songs I was always listening to after coming to America.”
BEAM brings the track to life with a black-and-white music video. Directed by madebyJAMES, the visual channels the early days of Hip Hop in New York City.
Photo Credit: Chris McCoy
Emerging as a proud and proven outlier, BEAM pieces together hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B into an otherworldly vision that ebbs and flows in tune with his emotions. He initially blasted off on his debut project 95 in 2019, which garnered him praise from the likes of The FADER, British Vogue, Highsnobiety, Hypebeast, New York Magazine, The Face, Clash, and more, while he also performed a buzzed-about COLORS session. NPR highlighted it as one of their “Best Albums of 2019” in addition to inviting him to perform a NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. Not to mention, Pigeons and Planes and British GQ selected him as a “2020 Artist To Watch.” He followed that in 2022 with his debut full-length, ALIEN—a collection of songs that ruminates on life-long memories, muses on relationships, confronts mental health struggles, and grows up a bit in the process against a sonic backdrop of supremely kinetic rhythms, icy production, and intoxicating melodies. Throughout his rise, BEAM’s voice has resonated throughout popular music as a GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and songwriter with credits for Rihanna, Kanye West, 21 Savage, Migos, Internet Money, Pop Smoke, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and more. He is also a sought-after collaborator, having appeared on albums like Justin Bieber’s 2021 Billboard Top 200 #1 mega-smash album, Justice, on “Love You Different” among other collaborations together. In 2022, BEAM appeared on BEYONCÉ’s GRAMMY® Award-winning, culture-shifting Renaissanceon the song “ENERGY,” which took on a new life of its own in 2023 with the viral “mute” challenge. While BEAM continues to alter the DNA of popular music, the Jamaica-born and Florida-raised rapper, singer, and producer continues to work on new solo music, with a project on the horizon soon.