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Music: Faze - Dance 4 Me (feat. Static Major)

Here is a new Static song for everyone titled "Dance 4 Me". The song is off Faze's latest album "Unfinished Business", which you can pick up on Amazon/iTunes. I'll be completely honest with ya'll when I say I have NO idea who the members of Faze are, but I came across their myspace page and found out that Robert Wright (one of the members of the group) was a good friend of Static's and also his writing partner.

As for the song itself, it's just that feel good music. It kind of reminds me of the material Static did with Pretty Ricky, but of course, without the honking or whatever Pretty Ricky defined as "rapping". (Reader's note: I did enjoy a lot of Pretty Ricky's stuff, lol)

Go check out Faze on Myspace:

Music: Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody?

"Are You That Somebody?" was not only one of Aaliyah's biggest songs, but also one of Static Major's most successful writing credits. This is only the first of five major hits that Static would end up writing for the very talented r&b singer. Although we will never get the chance to hear another collaboration between the two, one thing for sure is that they are making great music together in heaven right now.

Question of the Week #1

It's been very slow on this blog, which means you guys have to spread the message about the blog! So to see who actually checks this blog out and to have some fun with this, the question for this week is:

What is your favourite song by Playa? It can be released, unreleased or both.

For me, it would have to be either "Together", "Cheers 2 U" or "Gravy Train". I don't think it's possible for me to choose one, but if I had to, it would probably be "Cheers 2 U".

Music: Static Major - Deeper

The harmonies as usual are amazing on this song. I hope I'm not the only one that tries to filter out the instrumental just to hear Static's background vocals. This is a song that a lot us are probably familiar with, seeing as it's been on Static's myspace for a while now. I'm sure everyone has ripped the myspace quality of the track, but...

As an exclusive at though, here is the song in CDQ.

And a fun fact for everyone, this is Smokey's favourite song by Static.

Music: Nicole Wray - Raise Your Frown

You may Nicole Wray from back in the day. She had the huge Timbaland produced hit "Make It Hot", and she was also signed to Missy Elliott's label. What you might not have known is that Static wrote three songs for her on her debut album "Make It Hot" (which by the way is still slept on, as is Nicole herself.)

I will probably post the other two songs on here eventually, but I'm going to post my favourite one of the three that Static wrote, and that would be "Raise Your Frown" which was written and produced by Playa and also contains background vocals from them.

Music: Playa - Don't Be A Stranger (feat. J-Bird)

Here is one of the many tracks Playa recorded after the release of their "Cheers 2 U" album. The song is produced by Bink!, who did a lot of production for Jay-Z back in the day. The song also features Native, whom I will feature in the future with some other music he did with Static. So look out for that!

As for this track, it's probably one of my favourite Playa songs of all time and it's easy to see why. What I really love about the song is the beat, which was completely different from the sound of Playa we heard on the "Cheers 2 U" album. It's definitely interesting to hear how Playa arranged songs that were out of their "natural" style. Make no mistake about it though, talented writers like Static don't rely only on one producer to make hot hits. They can make hot tracks with ANY producer..

And for the curious people out there,

the song samples Will Hutch's song "Theme of Foxy Brown"

You may also recognize the beat from Youn…

Music: Ginuwine - Pony

One of Static Major's most successful writing credits was for Ginuwine's debut single "Pony" back in 1996. Timbaland provided a crazy beat that included a melody formed by vocoded voice samples. If you listen closely, I definitely think that Static's voice is the one he used to make the beat. I would have LOVED to hear Static's version of this song.

Ginuwine - Pony

Music: Aaliyah - I Refuse

One thing I admired most about Static's songwriting was the fact that he was able to connect with both male and female artists so well. One day he could be writing a song like "Pony", and then the next day he could completely switch up his style and write a deep track like this one. It's still amazing to me how he could write from a female's point of view so well.

VH1 Driven: Missy Elliott Episode

Here is part of the episode where people discuss the whole Bassment project, with appearances by Static, Ginuwine, Timbaland, Magoo, along with others.

And while we're talking about Da Bassment, let's take a look at Static's first music appearance, on the remix of the Sista track "Brand New".

Sista "Brand Nu" (Mr Dalvin Remix)

Here is the song in CDQ for all the people that don't have it...

Pictures from Static Major's Birthday Toast

The dinner was hosted by Tim Barnett, along with Static's mother I believe.

But before the toast, we have to visit Static first.

Come visit the legend

Happy Birthday Static Major!

And the party begins...

Family and Friends

Static's Mom, Son (Static Major Jr) and Niece.

Mr.Barnett getting his mack on (just playing, lol)

Smile for the camera

Lil Steve and Alexis

Reppin Static for life!

Music: Brandy - Sirens

After Aaliyah's death, it seemed like the "Superfriends" clique worked less collectively as a group as time passed and started doing their own thing. Ginuwine ventured out and started working with other producers, Missy started writing for other artists like Monica and Tweet, Timbaland focused on his Beat Club label and of course, Playa had their conflicts with not only their label but also conflict within the group.

As everyone drifted apart, we began to notice arguably the best songwriting/production duo in music missing in action. (Static and Timbaland). In fact, Static was nowhere to be found on Timbaland's 2003 album "Under Construction, Part II", after being a huge part of Timbaland's earlier albums. Fortunately for us though, Timbaland and Static did work on a couple of tracks together.

You may already know about this song, but it was a bonus track so some of ya'll may have not heard it before.

This song is a banger! I still have no idea what B…

Music: Playa - Cheers 2 U

There's nothing I can really say about this joint, but that it's a classic. If you claim to be a die hard Static fan and you don't know this song,

Playa - Cheers 2 U

This song is a straight up R&B classic. From Timbaland's triple time beat, to the bell sample (which would appear later on tracks by Ginuwine, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake), to the sax, to the echoed "Oh's", to Smokey and Black singing their hearts out, and then finally to Static's killer falsetto.

And as usual, here is the instrumental.

And a quick site update, I've added a bunch of tracks for the music player. Go take a listen while you're browsing the page.

Static Major - Suppertime (ALBUM COVER)

Came across this somewhere. I'm still trying to find out if this is the real cover, but it seemed to have come from a reliable place. It also looks authentic.

Happy Birthday Static Major!

He would have been 35 today.

For this special occasion, I'm going to have to bring out the Timbaland/Playa classic "Birthday", off Timbaland's album "Tim's Bio: Life from da Bassment".

Music: Southernaire All-Stars - I Believe (feat. Static Major)

You may or may not remember this Timbaland produced song from back in the day, but it is definitely a banger! The track was done by The Southernaire All-Stars, and it also features Static Major who does the hook and also raps on the track.

The Southernaire All-Stars was a rap group that consisted of Yaushameen, Native and J-Bird. Their album was to be executively produced by Static Major, Jomo and Barry Hankerson. For some reason though, their album was never released. I'm now listening to this track, wondering to myself...what could have been? This is absolute fire.

What do you think of this song?

EDIT: And for the beat lovers, here is the instrumental:

Music: Static Major - Illusion (Video tribute by Tim Barnett and I)

Background Info:
Static's best friend/manager, Tim Barnett messaged me a couple of days ago and asked if I would be interested in making a tribute for Static Major. So we started throwing around ideas for the video and here is what we have.

For those who don't know, the final version of the song is performed by Pleasure P, and is on his debut album, "The Introduction of Marcus Cooper". The song was written by Static Major and produced by Rudy Sandapa.

1 "I'm a Beast" (featuring Yung Joc)
2 "Boyfriend #2"
3 "Tender Roni (Handcuffin)"
4 "Under"
5 "Let Me"
6 "Gotta Have You"
7 "Did You Wrong"
8 "Your Love"
9 "Fire Lovin'"
10 "Birthday Suit"
11 "Illusion"
12 "Dream in the Air"

Note: Static also wrote "Fire Lovin'".

"Fire Lovin'"


Playa: Performing Live on BET'S Planet Groove (1998)

I personally would have loved to see Playa live in concert, and this performance is one of the reasons why.

(Part I) Playa "LIVE" performance from 1998 Planet Grove
Songs performed: "All The Way", "Together" and "I-65".

Songs performed: "Everybody Wanna Luv Somebody", "Ribbon In The Sky/Lately (Stevie Wonder Tribute)", "Ms.Parker" and "Gospel (Interlude)"

(Part II) Playa "LIVE" performance from 1998 Planet Grove

Songs performed: "Don't Stop The Music" and "Cheers 2 U"

(Part III) Playa "LIVE" performance from 1998 Planet Grove