Alec Benjamin Sings Bazzi, Justin Bieber, and “Jesus In LA” in a Game of Song Association | ELLE


– What is it? – [Interviewer] Jesus in LA. – Oh, damn. (laughs) Oh no. (laughs) It’s my own song. (laughs) Hey, I’m Alec Benjamin. And I’m here to play a game
of song association with ELLE. I’m gonna get a word,
and I have ten seconds to sing that word in a song. I think I’ll be okay. I don’t know, I don’t know. Before we get started, make sure you check out my new single, “Jesus in LA,” and my mixtape “Narrated for You.” All right, here we go. (lip trilling) Down. ♪ Let me down, down ♪
(clock ticks) (bell rings)
♪ Let me down, down ♪ ♪ Let me down ♪ ♪ Could you find a way
to let me down slowly ♪ That’s my song, “Let Me Down Slowly.” I asked Alessia if she would
be on my song, by Tweeting her. Yeah. (laughs) My dream collaboration’s
with Jimin from BTS. He came to my show in Korea. And we made a plan to
make a song together, so I’m very excited about doing that. Slide. Um, okay.
(clock ticks) ♪ If you feel something ♪ ♪ Then just slide ♪
(bell rings) That’s my friend Harry Hudson’s song, and that’s the first
song that comes to mind. It’s called “Slide.” (laughs) Alone. Oh, okay, um.
(clock ticks) ♪ Alone ♪
(bell rings) That’s a Bazzi song, it’s
called “Alone.” (laughs) First. Oh man, that’s the worst song, coming to my mind.
(clock ticks) ♪ Na, na, na, na, na, na ♪ (bell rings)
♪ First, ah, na, first ♪ ♪ Na, na, first ♪ ♪ Na, na, na, na, na, na ♪ I can’t say what it is. But it’s like super
inappropriate, so I can’t. I could say it, but I’ll
feel awkward. (laughs) But that is a song, check it out. Kiss. This is a song called
(clock ticks) “Kiss to Send Us Off” by Incubus. ♪ Kiss to send us off ♪
(bell rings) ♪ Kiss to send us off ♪ ♪ Kiss to send us off ♪ That’s how it goes. Always. ♪ Not always there ♪
(bell rings) ♪ When you call ♪ ♪ But I’m always on time ♪ ♪ And I gave you my all ♪ ♪ So baby be mine ♪ Ja Rule and Ashanti. Tricks. (clock ticks)
Oh man. ♪ Think your ears ♪ ♪ Are playing tricks on you ♪
(bell rings) Yeah, that’s my song. ♪ Sweater zipped up to her chin ♪ ♪ Thanks for caring,
sir, that’s nice of you ♪ ♪ But I have to go back in ♪ ♪ Wish I could tell you about the noise ♪ ♪ But I didn’t hear a thing ♪ It’s called “Must Have Been the Wind.” Tricks, good. I was only thinking of the
cereal, the whole time. All right, but that’s not a song. You don’t get points for knowing cereal. Touch. Touch.
(clock ticking) Oh, man. I don’t know. What is it?
(buzzer buzzes) I don’t even know a song with touch in it. One. (clock ticks) Oh, man. ♪ I’m the one ♪
(bell rings) ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ I’m the only one ♪ Yeah, that’s a Justin
Bieber song, and DJ Khaled. Hand. (clock ticks)
Oh, man. ♪ Put your hand on my na ♪ ♪ Na, na, na, na, na, na ♪ ♪ This is something ♪ ♪ Na, na, something ♪
(buzzer buzzes) ♪ This time ♪ What song is that? ♪ You got your hand on my something ♪ Does anyone know it? Take. (clock ticks) Oh, man. Ah, I don’t know. I’m sure I have a song with that in it. (buzzer buzzes)
Oh, man. This is harder than I thought. Sunset. Sunset.
(clock ticks) Oh no, these are so hard. Oh, man. (buzzer buzzes) What is it? – [Interviewer] Jesus in LA. – Oh, damn. (laughs) Oh, no. (laughs) It’s my own song. (laughs) ♪ You won’t find him down on Sunset ♪ ♪ Or at a party in the hills ♪ Yeah, wow, how did I not know that? (laughs) Okay, this is really hard. The inspiration behind the song was about moving to Los Angeles. And having an image of what I thought Los Angeles was going to be, in my mind. And then finding out that the reality was different from my expectations. And so, that’s what I
wrote the song about. Walk. “Walk the Line.”
(clock ticks) Or ♪ I walk alone
(bell rings) ♪ I walk alone ♪ Green Day, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” (hums) Yeah. Smile. Smile ♪ You make me smile
(bell rings) ♪ Like the sun ♪ ♪ Forget how to breathe ♪ ♪ Something, na, na ♪ ♪ Na, na, na, na ♪ ♪ Something, na, na ♪ ♪ Crazy on a Sunday night ♪ ♪ You make me smile ♪ Was that Uncle Kracker, “Smile?” Call. ♪ Hey, I just met you ♪
(clock ticks) ♪ And this is crazy ♪ ♪ But here’s my number ♪ ♪ So call me maybe ♪
(bell rings) “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. (laughs) Yes. Well, I was surprised that I couldn’t remember
lyrics to my own song. It was more challenging
than I expected it to be. Hey, I’m Alec Benjamin. Thanks for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe
to ELLE’s YouTube channel.

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