Jensen Reed got hooked on hip hop when his friend asked him for help in performing the Beastie Boys’ “Pass the Mic.” The crowd went nuts and Reed was forever bitten by the need to create and perform music. Since then Jensen has moved to Los Angeles and, in his short time there, already opened for Dilated Peoples and Little Brother, landed a publishing deal and had song placements in the lauded series Friday Night Lights, the Oscar-nominated film The Messenger and a number of MTV shows. He’s hooked up with revered music-video and film director Mark Pellington, who’s worked with Pearl Jam, U2 and the Foo Fighters, at Sundance, and now Pellington is using Reed’s songs in his latest film I Melt With You. Pellington protégé Matt Roe is helming videos for three tracks from Reed’s debut album Forget About The Cameras, starting with the dynamic “After The War (featuring superbeautiful).” Reed also gained YouTube notoriety when he spoofed Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” with a hilarious Duke basketball smackdown video that went viral, earning half a million hits. That got him an all-expenses-paid visit back home, courtesy of a Chapel Hill club owner who hired him to perform a couple of shows.
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Check out the awesome video for “After the War (feat. superbeautiful)”