Morehouse student with viral biology rap lands gig with ‘Sesame Street’

ATLANTA — A Morehouse College student whose music video about biology went viral has landed his next big break: A project with iconic children’s show “Sesame Stree.”

Earlier this month, Julien Turner grabbed national attention for his YouTube remix of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Life3.”

In his viral video, an extra credit project, Turner plays off the original song’s lyrics “Push me to the edge/All my friends are dead” to sing instead about DNA, mitosis and meiosis.

“If my genes go left unread/All my cells are dead,” he sings in the in online video that’s now got more than 900,000 views, and was even shared by big-name celebrities.

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“I didn’t expect it to blow up like this,” he told 11Alive in a previous interview.

Turner partnered with his brother Justen to create the video under their production company “Dreadhead Films, LLC,” which has opened the door to their next enterprise with “Sesame Street.” Julien made the announcement on his Twitter page the day after Thanksgiving.

The biology breakdown attracted national attention, bridging gaps between the music scene and science.

“The best responses have been from teachers telling me their students now understand the concept,” Julien said. “Kids have been singing it around the country! Also, the celebrity recognition is crazy.”

Now, Julien and his brother, who have been making films for about six years, will have the chance to reach more kids thanks to their new project.

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