First Rap Concert at First Arena
There have been all sorts of shows at First Arena in Elmira over the years but few have generated as much advance controversy as Friday night's show. First Arena hosted its first rap concert.
It started out with local entertainers like J-Q and M.M.A. Later the show featured New York City based Rapper Juelz Santana. Some downtown bar owners expressed concern the concert crowd might cause trouble. However Hogan's on West Water Street was the only tavern we found closed Friday night and Elmira Police report they had no trouble with crowd during or following the concert.
THE STAR GAZETTE
Ja-Rell McArthur graduated in December from the State University of New York in Oneonta with a degree in mass communications. It hasn't taken him long to put his education to work. Ja-Rell, is a budding hip-hop and R&B performer. He's performed locally under the moniker Mm.A., and you might remember his 2005 music video "Elmira Where You At?" Now, he's using the Internet to connect with and draw attention to other up-and- coming artists. He's produced a CD featuring himself and nine other acts from as far away as Nigeria to shine the spotlight on their talents. That's the great thing about this day and age," he said. "Especially with MySpace, everybody's together. You're able to see what everybody's doing. Ja-Rell calls his project Hood Stars. He's looking for performers who might be well-known in their own neighborhoods but haven't received any national attention. Some of the performers on the CD are area residents, he said. The rest he found by looking around on the Internet. The world is full of talented people just waiting to be discovered, he said. "I have somebody on (the CD) from Long Beach, Calif., he said. "They probably have a big buzz around there, but if I put them together with people from different areas on one CD, they get heard more. He mixed and arranged the selections and produced some of the music on his computer at his Elmira home. That's another great thing about today's technology: What used to take experts in a fancy record company studio to put together can now be done by one person with a laptop. With the compilation CD now available for sale, Ja-Rell said he's going to focus on working with individual artists, helping them produce their own "underground" CDs to promote their music. And he hasn't put away his camera. He is looking for models and actresses to perform in his next music video. For more information or to order a copy of his CD, visit is website at www.hoodstardom.com
- John P. Cleary
2005- CO-DIRECTED-EDITED "ELMIRA WHERE U AT?"
2007- PERFORMED IN " FRESH TO DEATH" BY M.m.A. AND SENOJ
2007- DIRECTED-SHOT-EDITED "LEAVE ME ALONE" BY JON Q AND JIGG DOGG
2008- DIRECTED-SHOT-EDITED "REAL NIGG607" BY YUNG LORDZ
2009- PERFORMED IN "SHE WANNA MAKE A MOVIE" BY M.m.A. AND COMPLEX
2010- PERFORMED IN "MY PAPER PART 2 BY M.m.A. AND COMPLEX
2010- EXTRA IN "SHOTS" BY GENO
2011- EXTRA IN "BLUE PILL" BY HOSTILE
2011- CO-DIRECTED-EDITITED-PERFORMED IN - "HOT LYKE FYA"
2011- PERFORMED IN "DO IT FOR THE STREETS"
2011- GRIP - LIL KEE ZONE "THROW IT BACK"
2013- PERFORMED IN "WHAT R U DOIN"
2013- PERFORMED AND CO-DIRECTED "HATE IF U WANT"
2014- PERFORMED, DIRECTED, AND EDITED "GOIN HAM"
2014- DIRECTED AND EDITED "ON LOCK DOWN" BY KEVIN LEWIS
2014- DIRECTED, SHOT AND EDITED "CANDLELIGHT"
2014- DIRECTED, SHOT AND EDITED "NO STOPPING ME"
2015- PERFORMED IN "IMA DO ME"
2015- CO-DIRECTED, SHOT AND EDITED "WALKIN WITH GOD" BY SHA DA WISE ONE
2015- DIRECTED, SHOT AND EDITED "LIVE HOW I WANT"
2016 -DIRECTED, SHOT, EDITED "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY"
2006- APPEARED IN "GARCIA'S" aired on WETM nbc
2006- PRODUCED FOR "HOMETOWNHAGGLERS" aired on WETM2
2006 TO PRESENT- PRODUCED ALL HOODSTARDOM PROMOS
2015- PRODUCED AND WROTE RADIO COMMERCIAL FOR ASKFORDALE.COM
2009- "4 EVER" ...feature film.. supporting actor JASON Production ceased
2000- AMBIGUOUS 3 LETTERS
2001- MONEY MUSIC A$$
2002- THE JUMP OFF
2003- ONE NITE ONLY
2004- AFTER MIDNITE
2005- TODAY THA CITY TOMMOROW THA WORLD
2007- FROM THA HOOD TO THA INDUSTRY VOL. ONE
2008- "REP YOUR HOOD" FROM THA HOOD TO THA INDUSTRY VOL.2
2008- DAYS OF MY LIFE
2009- FEATURED ON SENOJ'S "BOUT MY BIZNESS"
2011- FEATURED ON THE POLEMICIST'S " EUTHENASIA"
2012- FEATURED ON CHARISMA'S "TAKE ONE"
2012- GAME NIGHT- SINGLE
2013 - WHAT R U DOIN- SINGLE
2013 - 4 THE LOVE OF THE CITY
2013- COAST TO COAST MIXTAPES
2014- NO DAYZ OFF VOL.1
2015- FEATURED ON YOUNG MONEY UNSIGNED HYPE VOL 13
ITUNES /GOOGLE PLAY SINGLES
WHAT R U DOIN?
BE RIGHT BACK
KISS & TAIL: HOLLY WOOD JUMP OFF
(ADDITIONAL SOUNDTRACK MUSIC)
WINK 106- "FLY MAMI"
RED DRAGON RADIO- SHE'S SO FLY
94 ROCK- "DROP IT SLOW"
UT COLLEGE RADIO- "SHE WANNA MAKE A MOVIE"
FMG RADIO- VARIOUS SONGS
ELMIRA, HORSEHEADS, OWEGO, CORNING, ALFRED, SAYRE, BINGHAMTON, TAMPA , SARASOTA AND DAYTONA BEACH
SPECIAL EVENTS: FIRST ARENA (JUELZ SANTANA CONCERT)
ALFRED STATE (FASHION SHOW)
UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA (FASHION SHOW)
FLORIDA STATE FAIR
STAR GAZZETTE -2007
WETM ONLINE -2008
THE MINARET- 2009
WORD OF MOUTHZ - 2013