“Being true to yourself and your dreams is the best gift one can give to oneself.”

Growing up on the streets of Detroit was difficult for young Elam and he suffered relentless abuse. However, he was always able to find solace from his childhood troubles in his world of music and movies.

Elam has had a successful career within the music and movie industry for many years now. He has succeeded with countless releases, awards, movie features and charitable givings. 

Now, Elam has re-emerged as his new alter-ego, Coco Bean. This creation has arisen from a culmination of Elam’s experiences and belief that every day is a gift. A gift that should be celebrated with joyous gratitude and excitement.
Coco Bean’s positivity, resilience and persistence is an inspiration to us all. His message is this: “Never let what others do to you, define who you are. Never let what people say about you become the image of yourself”.

“My Name Is Coco Bean”, is the first in a trilogy of releases from Coco Bean. It is a powerful song about not marginalising people based on colour, race, national origin or orientation.
Coco Bean collaborated with Anno Domini Nation for the production of this song and it was inspired and written in ten minutes after just one listen to the music.

This song is a funky, 90s hip-hop style track, with multiple layers of synth beats, which creates an upbeat vibe. The song unfolds a story of discrimination and rejection which is delivered through poignant lyrics such as: “I’ve never fit in, too black for the whites, too white for the blacks”. But, this is also a tale of triumph. Of overcoming negativity through resilience and perseverance. The uplifting energy of this song and Coco’s dramatised vocal delivery communicates a fun and carefree attitude. Through his performance in this track, Coco perfectly conveys the message that everyday should be lived with excitement and gratitude. 

SXSW Press Release

Headline: Phil Elam (aka Coco Bean) Joins Forces with Snoop Dogg and Attends SXSW for Grand Jury Nominated Film, “Bob Trevino Likes It”
Subheadline: Phil Elam, AKA Coco Bean, to Showcase Versatility at SXSW 2024 with Film Premiere and Musical Success

Austin, TX – Esteemed actor and recording artist Phil Elam, known to many by his stage name Coco Bean, is poised to make a significant appearance at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) 2024 in Austin, Texas. Elam is celebrated for his role in the eagerly awaited feature film
“Bob Trevino Likes It,” directed by Tracie Laymon. This film has been recognized with a Grand Jury nomination, a testament to its compelling narrative and artistic achievements. “Bob Trevino Likes It” is eagerly anticipated to premiere at SXSW on the following dates and

● March 9th, 3:00 PM – 4:42 PM at ZACH Theatre
● March 12th, 10:45 AM – 12:27 PM at ALAMO LAMAR 8
● March 12th, 11:15 AM – 12:57 PM at ALAMO LAMAR 7
● March 16th, 2:15 PM – 3:57 PM at ALAMO LAMAR 6

Tracie Laymon tells the story of a people-pleasing young woman who unexpectedly forms a close bond with a grieving, childless man with the same name as her estranged father online. Inspired by a true story.
Reflecting on his experience, Phil Elam shared his enthusiasm about the project, “It was such a great experience being on the set of ‘Bob Trevino Likes It.’ The director, Tracie Laymon, created such a wonderful atmosphere of creativity that radiated throughout the entire cast.” Fans and festival attendees can also look forward to seeing Elam grace the Red Carpet during the film’s premiere at SXSW. Phil Elam will also be a guest on Austin Radio stations the week of SXSW.

In the realm of music, Phil Elam has captivated audiences with his 1970s-inspired track, “My Name Is Coco Bean,” featuring the legendary hip-hop icon, Snoop Dogg. This collaboration has not only marked a significant milestone in Elam’s musical career but has also achieved
remarkable success on Spotify. The track has been featured on several prestigious editorial playlists, showcasing its wide appeal and impact across the platform. “To be involved with Snoop Dogg is such a blessing. I am so thankful for everyone involved who helped to make Snoop’s feature possible,” Elam remarked with gratitude.

Adding to the track’s allure, “My Name Is Coco Bean” has been remixed by Eric Copper, introducing a new dimension to the song and broadening its appeal. This remix, alongside the original track, is currently available on Spotify and other major music platforms, receiving considerable airplay on 99.7 DA HEAT MIAMI via iHeartRadio. The station, part of RADIOPUSHERS, is celebrated for its engaging and interactive music segments, further amplifying Elam’s musical presence. Phil Elam’s participation in both the film and music industry showcases his unwavering dedication to his craft and his unique ability to engage with audiences across various artistic mediums. His presence at SXSW 2024 is not merely a celebration of his current achievements but a reflection of his ongoing contribution to the arts. For more information about Phil Elam and his projects, please visit

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