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Jensen Reed figured out his future in one of those split-second moments that sounds like it fell out of a movie script. He was in high school when a friend from Spanish class said he needed a duet partner for a school talent show. Reed volunteered. They covered the Beastie Boys’ “Pass the Mic.” The crowd went nuts.
He’s been honing his skills ever since, first in North Carolina and now in Los Angeles, where he put together his debut album, “Forget About the Cameras,” a hip-hop/pop fusion of organically grown, energetic beats and smooth, smart rhymes that marks the arrival of a distinctive, versatile voice.
Though he hasn’t been in L.A. long, Reed’s already opened for Dilated Peoples and Little Brother, landed a publishing deal and had song placements in the lauded series “Friday Night Lights,” Showtime’s “House of Lies”, the Oscar-nominated film “The Messenger” and several MTV and VH1 shows.
Reed is currently on the creative grind, releasing a free new song at the end of every month in 2012. He is collaborating with some fellow LA artists, Johnny Pacar, Lauren Mayhew and The Mowgli’s, as well as Australian Electronic group Grafton Primary. His latest tracks “Rocketship” and “Left Coast” have a strong buzz in the social media world.