Message in the Music

JaRon Moody: Get the job done

By Morgan Alexander

   As Bridgewater students face the multitude of projects, papers and tests in nearing the end of the fall semester, keeping their heads up may seem to be an impossible undertaking. However, the lyrics and upbeat music of hip-hop and rap artist JaRon Moody, a senior majoring in Information Systems Management and an offensive lineman, can give students the motivation to push to the end of the semester—or at least until Thanksgiving break.

   Moody started writing lyrics and free-styling in sixth grade, but he was not serious about music until his school friend Cornell Wade convinced him to pursue his passion for music after a lapse from writing.

   Moody used a video game mic to begin recording his early work and performed for the first time at a talent show when he was in middle school; Moody and Wade now collaborate under the name Imasta Ent, meaning “I must always strive to achieve.”

Moody has also produced a mix tape entitled “The Offseason,” which features both original songs and remixes, including a remix of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking ‘Bout You.” During the summer, Moody performs at open mics in DC, and this past summer, Moody opened for Diggy Simmons at Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, which he earned following an audition process; Moody has also performed multiple times at Bridgewater College, including BC’s Got Talent, Mr. BC, and Soul Café.

  Of his original compositions, “Get Up” is Moody’s favorite, a piece that contains the theme of bouncing back and making a situation better, a thematic idea that is reflected in  the number of songs Moody has written for “The Offseason,” including another favorite “We Workin.” Moody’s lyrics will provide inspiration to students.

Note: Imasta Ent’s single “My Pledge-80 Luc, TC, J Mood, Mr.MAVRIKK” can be viewed at http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=1196996, while Moody’s mixtape, “The Offseason,” can be subsequently downloaded at  http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/j-mood-the-offseason-mixtape.53268.html. Veritas does not take responsibility for the content of these particular websites.

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