As you can see, we had a massive tie so we told someone on twitter to pick 3 numbers out of 7 and the songs in blue made the cut.
How close was this to your list? Any surprises?
Here is an interview we did with Storm. You guys may not know him by name, but he was mixed a lot Static songs from 2000-2002 including Playa material and also Southernaire All-Stars music.
If you have any questions for him or just want to say what's up, contact him on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045932331&v=wall
PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR LIST TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
We expect contributions AT LEAST from the following (Yes, I'm calling people out!!): Spinner, BL, James Moore, Benjani, Bravery, Pooh, Yung Major, Jimmy Sprinkles, Dimu
Above you will see a picture of a Static discography that was put together to highlight songs he wrote for other artists including Aaliyah and Ginuwine to showcase his talents to those who weren't familiar. Well, we'd like to build a similar concept except make one that includes all of his best solo songs that we've heard so far. Please e-mail us a list of your top 10 best Static songs (order doesn't matter), and we'll combine all the lists and rank according to a final tally. Here is the list you can choose from:
I Got My
Ride Till The Wheels Fall Off
4 A Long Time
All I Know
It’s the Way
Wish I Woulda Knew You Then
At the Bar
Point of No Return
Brand New Start
In the Hood
Never Let You Go
Bus Stop Breezy
Outta My Mind
Spendin All My Cash
Can I Kick It Wit Ya
I Wanna Know
Picture It All
Easy Come, Easy Go
Don’t You Miss Me
All The Way to Heaven
Night to Remember
This song was done around 04/05 and was produced by Timbaland.
Click Here to read the full interview on YouKnowIGotSoul.
YKIGS: I want to ask you about a personal favorite artist of mine that you worked with years ago and that’s Static Major. What was your relationship like with him and what was it like working with him?
Tank: That was my guy, it was family so it was easy to make magic with Static, that’s what he knew how to do. I came up listening to songs that Static…my first tour, I was singing songs that Static wrote, big hits that he wrote for Ginuwine and he wrote for Aaliyah. So it was an honor and then it turned into family and from there it’s just what it was at that point. He’s sorely missed, great writer, great entertainer, great everything.
YKIGS: On your second album “One Man” he was credited in the writing credits for “Unpredictable” and “So Many Times” and I was just wondering, because they sound like more of your style than his, did we co-write those with you? How did that go down?
Tank: No he wrote those himself! I produced “Unpredictable” but he wrote it, and he wrote “So Many Times.” That’s all Static and that was probably maybe Static maybe coming into my world. We had an appreciation for each other’s craft so it worked perfect going into the studio with him. I didn’t second guess anything he wrote or anything he told me to sing, I just did it.
YKIGS: I also want to know what you remember about working with Aaliyah on the songs “I Can Be” and “What If” from her “Aaliyah” album. What do you remember most about those sessions?
Tank: Well unfortunately with those sessions, she was shooting “Queen of the Damned” over in Australia, and that was just when I was getting ready to start a promo, so I didn’t get to make the trip. But she told me specifically what kind of records she wanted, and she kinda wanted a little dangerous, a little sexy, that type of thing. I got to go in the studio and tailor make something for her, that was amazing that she called me from way overseas like “Tank, I need these kinds of records, I know you can write them for me.” And I was happy that I was able to deliver, that they were records that she actually loved them when she recorded them, she did her thing.
I know you all have seen Static Major Army being thrown around here a lot lately, so I thought I'd take a minute to explain what's going on. Apparently Team Static Major or TSM (created by BL) was already taken, so we had to get creative and found something new in Static Major Army or SMA. This is by no means any disrespect or trying to make a mockery to anyone who serves our country, we have great pride and admiration for those men and women. It's simply a play off of the "major" in Static's name which happens to be a military ranking.
So without further adieu, here is the rankings that have been assigned, please take a minute to salute:
1) General Big Mamma
2) Lieutenant General Tim Neeze Barnett
3) Major General Buddha
4) Brigadier General Slam
5) Colonal Martina "Loose Rap" & Farid "The Freak"
6) Lieutenant Colonal BL
7) Major Stephen Ellis "Static" Garrett
8) Captain Spinner
9) First Lieutenant Pooh Bear
10) Second Lieutenant Yung Major
Here is a picture of Static co-signing the movement:
Oh and of course, what would an army be without it's theme song:
Check out this very insightful interview we recently completed with Rey from the group Metro City. They have worked on a couple of songs with Static years ago, but unfortunately none of them have ever released. Maybe they will see the light of day at some point. Rey really tells us a lot about how Static was as a person and in the studio. Enjoy.
Thanksgiving is all about family and being around the ones you love, so I thought it was only right that I stop by SMIM this morning to visit what I've come to consider my other family.
When it comes to Static, I have a lot to be thankful for. I'm thankful for the opportunity to get this site started in the first place so we could continue his legacy. I'm thankful Static has brought together a community of such great people who I can interact with on a daily basis; heck a lot of you I even call friends now. I'm thankful for Static's music because he's left us with some amazing songs that I'm so happy I was able to hear. Finally, I'm thankful because I know he's looking down on all of us, and even know I never had the chance to meet the man, from everyone who has graciously taken the time through interviews and such to talk about him as a person, I know he guided us through the rough patches we've had here on the site and allowed us to continue.
I know we've slowed down a bit since the EP, but we will be picking up again very soon and have a lot more content coming. If you have a chance to visit the site over the next few days and read this, let us know what you're thankful for. Finally, I leave you with a Playa song that just about sums it up.
1. Da Bassment - Nothin' But A B-Party Ya'll
2. Static Major - Never No More (Demo)
3. Static Major - You Saved My Life (Demo)
4. Static Major - We Need a Resolution (Demo)
5. Static Major - Read Between The Lines (Demo)
6. Static Major - Come As You Are (Demo)
7. Static Major - Fire Lovin' (Demo)
8. Southernaire All-Stars - Ghetto
9. Static Major - More Than a Woman (Demo) (First Version)
We need everyone's help in spreading the word about the EP. We want to use this project as a way to spread the word about Static's name and hopefully introduce a lot more music fans to his talent. So if you know of any sites or blogs or anything that usually posts these types of albums, please contact them and ask them to post this EP.
Also, what YOU can do is PLEASE post this link all over Twitter, Facebook, show a friend, tell a neighbor, anything you can. I know many of you have already brought in new fans and converted them to Static fans which is amazing, but we'd love to have more. It's very simple to post the link on Twitter and Facebook, just click the little buttons we set up above each post.
Finally, if you have not become a fan of the StaticMajorIsMusic Facebook page, please just take literally 2 seconds to click the like button on the box below. Thanks guys, and we hope you enjoy it!
Static's mother with Tim Barnett, Static's niece and his kids.
Avonti (Static's wife) with their daughter and their niece.
Avonti, Dorian & Tim.
Avonti with Black
Smokey performing "Cheers 2 U" and calls Static's mother (big momma) on stage!
Smokey and Black "Ride Till the Wheels Fall Off"
Smokey and Black "Cheers 2 U"
Smokey and Black "Together"
Smokey and Black "Bus Stop Breezy"
Photo courtesy of Spinner and Stacey Wade
Video made by Pooh Bear
Video made by Yung Major
Special Tribute To Static/Major This Sunday 11.14.10 With A Very Special Guest At Jazzyblu At Smoke E. Digglera's Smokin' Sundays! Performances by Sean 1, Sly Still-On, Anthony Payton, Sub-Urban Situation, & Yours Truly Along With A Very Special Guest! Doors Open At 6pm! http://jazzyblutickets.smokedigglera.com/
Announcement: We Will Continue the Site + EP Is Still Coming + Skype/UStream for Static's Bday 11/11
Some more good news is that the EP is still coming and will be released on the 1 year anniversary of our blog which is next week. Stay tuned for that!
Finally, tomorrow night at 8 PM ET myself and Buddha will be holding a Skype/Ustream session for Static's bday where everyone can join us to listen to music, speak on Static's life, share a story, or just spend time with the community we've grown to become. We intend to stay up until the last person logs off and give this man the best tribute we know how! Please join us.
One last thing, thank you for the outpouring of support yesterday from everyone. We can tell you all really enjoy what we are doing with the site and appreciate our work, and most of all appreciate Static. Thanks so much for that.
Here is a list of songs that we've heard using the songs that are registered on ASCAP. Remember though, Static had like 4000 songs and a lot of them aren't registered.
Here is the interview we did with Play from the duo Play N Skillz
The grammy award winning artist gives us some info about Static as an artist as well as what they are working on currently.
I'm the type of person when I hear a song or a beat once, I can usually immediately identify where I heard it before if I hear it again. So when I heard the beat for "Boss Life," I knew I had heard it before and sure enough it was used on this Marques Houston song "Shawty Look Good" which he released as a bonus track.
So the moral of this story is to change your passwords from time to time.
So stay tuned! And check the blog every so often as we will be announcing details about the EP every couple of days.
November 11th...spread the word!
Here is the interview we did with Stevie J aka The Hitman. He gives us some great insight on not only working with Static, but also a lot of great information behind some of the songs he's produced. He also talks about the state of music today and where it's at.
Make sure you follow him at @hitmansteviej and visit his website: www.steviejmusic.com
Support our man Smoke! He's currently hosting a series of events on Sunday's and our very own Pooh Bear attended last Sunday's set (video coming shortly). If you are in Louisville, you definitely gotta get over there and check this out.
I recently hit up Rashad Haughton, who is Aaliyah's brother and was very close to her, on Twitter to ask about Static. Here is what he had to say. Full interview to follow??
Edit: It's going down tonight, we'll have the ustream link up for everyone 30 mins prior to the start.
Here is a rather interesting song by Timbaland...
Hey, we did say that we were going to post everything on this cassette lol
Props to Neeze for sending this over. Static is number 29. Can anyone guess who that is to the left of him?
I'm sure you guys already know who Stevie J is. He's produced hits for many artists and he's giving us an opportunity to interview him soon. What connection does he have with Static? Well they were all part of Da Bassment together, though it should be noted that Steve was technically Dalvin's artist. Nevertheless though, they spent time together and it'll definitely be cool to hear what he has to say about Static.
Let me know if you guys have questions.
I believe this song was produced by Rudy, but I may be wrong. And for those that have listened to the interview we did with Rudy, you may remember Rudy mentioning that Pleasure P recorded this song as well. This track is actually one that I think would fit well with Pleasure.
What do you think of this jam?
Big shout out to my man Spinner for sending this over. He spent this past Friday celebrating Static's football jersey being retired by his old high school. It's a great honor, and this is a really cool plaque! I know that Neeze, Static's mother, and also his kids were in attendance for the ceremony.
Here is the interview Slam did with Atlantic CEO Craig Kallman. Craig gives some insight on Static's reputation in the music industry and also speaks on the chemistry Aaliyah and Static had. Definitely check out this interview!
And big thank you to Astrid and Trisha for helping setting up this call. Also thanks to Craig for doing the interview with us.
and check out http://missylist.blogspot.com/ for more info about this song. Missy reused this song and gave it to the R&B group The Truth! a couple of years later.
Here is a snippet (get used to that word because most of the cassette contains snippets Lol) of the song "Come On Girl" by Playa. The song was produced by Darryl Pearson.
Da Bassment - Sexual Healing by StaticMajorIsMusic
Static absolutely destroys the track! Even though Static is great at switching up his style from track to track, at times I wished he just sang songs like this all the time because his voice was truly special. You can also hear Smokey singing on the second verse before the song fades out and Black is doing adlibs on the whole song.
Like the title says, add a caption to this picture. What do you think was going through Static and Pleasure's head when the picture was taken? Have fun :-)
Here is an early version of "Get Back" by Jodeci. K-Ci shows impeccable vocals at the beginning of this song. Classic Jodeci.
On a side note: We're looking to interview any of the members of Jodeci. So if anybody has any info on where to find them, please let us know!
Many of you guys are probably saying "who?" Well to provide a little background information about Craig, he is the Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records. Along with that, he's connected to Static in many ways as he was heavily involved in starting the careers of artists like Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Brandy, Pretty Ricky and Pleasure P; all of whom have worked with Static. He's given us an opportunity to ask him some questions and like always, we want to hear your questions.
This song is one of biggest mysteries to many Bassment fans. Fans have been wondering who produced this song and who was singing on the track for years. On the CD, the artist (whoever it is) is only credited as "Da Bassment".
Luckily, Tweet has helped shed the light on the song.
So from listening to this version, I'm going to say it is LB on the first verse. However he probably used Ginuwine's version as a reference because he does a lot of the same things G does when he sings.
As I gather all the information that has been given to me throughout the years:
This version of the song is performed by LB, Devante, Sugah. Produced by Devante and arranged by Playa. If anyone has any more information about the song, we would love to hear it.
Check out this interview Slam did with Tweet. She spoke about Da Bassment, Sugah, her solo projects and of course Static! Get educated and learn more about the Southern Hummingbird.
Be on the lookout for her new album "Love, Tweet".
Here is a Ginuwine song from Da Bassment era. You can probably tell by the vocoder in the background that Devante Swing had something to do with this song. And he did as this song is produced by Devante and Darryl Pearson. You may also notice that part of the chorus is an interpolation of the Keith Sweat song "Right and Wrong Way".
Also check out Ginuwine's new single "What Could've Been" off his new album "Elgin". Be on the lookout for it.
Here is a rare exclusive for everyone. We've all heard Bassment material by Playa, Missy (Sista), Ginuwine, Timbalad & Magoo but we've never heard anything from Sugah. So today we present to you "Sugar and Spice" which was produced by Timbaland and written by Missy Elliott.
Some of the Aaliyah fans may recognize this title because Jomo Hankerson spoke about the song in an article back in the day:
"In the process of recording One in a Million, we got a demo from Timbaland and Missy. The song was called “Sugar and Spice,” which felt a little too kiddie to us, but the structure of the record, the melody, had what became Tim’s signature triplebeat on it. We were overwhelmed, and we sent it to Aaliyah. She called us back like, The track is crazy, this is the best thing I’ve ever heard. So we flew Timbaland and Missy into Detroit to work with her."
So is this the same song? You betcha it is. So we've let you guys into Sugah's world and we've also solved an Aaliyah mystery. Now the question remains, did Aaliyah record the song? Something we'll probably never know, but until then enjoy the sounds of Susan, Rolita and Tweet.
And stay tuned as we will post the interview with Tweet soon.
Check out http://missylist.blogspot.com/for more info about the song
I have no idea how this song leaked or anything...but it's here!!!!!!
First we have the original featuring Smokey and Static on the bridge and St Nick (also known as Nikki from the Ginuwine song "Holler")
You may or may not know that the hook of that song is actually from the Donna Summer song "Love To Love You Baby"
And then we have the remix of the song which was released as a single. This one features Shauna and has Playa doing backgrounds on the hook.
Which version do you prefer?
Here is a song off Pleasure P's new mixtape "4 Your Pleasure Volume 1". I'm sure all of you will know this song. Thoughts?
and you can also download the whole mixtape for free: http://t.co/FCe4Zce
We're going to start it out with a rap joint by Missy, Timbaland and Magoo. I think it's amazing how polished all of them were already even though they didn't release any CDs yet.
Stay tuned, Team Static has some dope stuff coming up!
Looks like there will be more surprises coming our way. Neeze has found a couple of tapes himself. No one knows for sure what is exactly in these tapes, but let's hope it's more music!
We have no idea what is in there because well...who still has a cassette player? lol. Slam will be sending it to the homie Andy's house so we can convert it to mp3.
Until then, let's play a game. What do you think is in this cassette?
First person to guess it right gets a prize I guess lol
The results are in...
Slam, you are NOT the father
Okay but anyway, we can now officially confirm that the tape contains...
drum roll please
Da Bassment music.
Stay tuned as we will letting you hear this stuff in the near future.
Check out this interview we did with Diamond Blue of Pretty Ricky. A lot of phone tagging was involved, but we finally got it done! In part 1 of the interview, Blue discusses about current projects that Pretty Ricky is working on and also about Static. You'll be surprised to find out what song Blue helped Static write!
Check out Pretty Ricky's new single "Topless"
And also be on the lookout for their new album Blue Stars 2.
Here's a short interview with K-Ci & JoJo. They talk about Da Bassment for a short bit here.
We at the blog have let you hear a lot of exclusive music, and we're about to share another one with everyone. So you're probably asking, what is so special about this song? Well, this has been a song that many Timbaland fans have been wanting for a YEARS. It's been on ASCAP forever yet no one besides a selective few have actually heard the song. The wait is over though...
Check out this crazy track by Native, Yaushameen, J-Bird and Static.
Readers note: This has nothing to do with the cassette.
Shout out to Native for letting us hear this. Also big shout out to my good friend Jamar for hooking me up with this!
But check out this alternate version:
I know a lot of Timbaland fans have known about this song for a long long time, but this may new to some Static fans. You can probably tell that the chorus along with the beat are different.
Which version do you prefer?
Big shout out to J Boogie and talkingcrazy for sharing this.
A lot of exclusive footage and pictures along with some nice words from Avonti. Definitely check out this video!
Here is a track we've been meaning to post, but Slam has been busy making $$$$$
This track was produced by Rudy.
Friends and family of Static are holding a talent show September 11th from 11 am to 4 pm (CLUB ENVY, 4TH STREET, Louisville, KY).
So be sure to check it out if you're in the Louisville area.
Go to http://www.staticmajor502.com/ for more information
Here is the interview my man Slam did with Ginuwine not too long. We were having some difficulty getting this interview together because our schedules were really conflicting. Luckily we were able to coordinate a time with Ginuwine and were able to talk with him for a bit.
Unfortunately we were unable to ask Ginuwine a lot of questions as it was late when we started the interview. G still shared some great memories of Static, Aaliyah and Devante. He also touched on the making of "Pony" along with "Same Ol G" and "Final Warning", and also discussed current projects that he has going on.
Make sure you check out his SPRUCE charity foundation at http://www.sprucekc.com/
Along with that, look out for Ginuwine's new single which should be out sometime soon.
Just wanted to show yall a picture of my blackberry real quick to show everyone I'm representing Static no matter where I go. Of course I have people all the time asking who that is on my background, and those conversations lead to potential new fans. How do you represent Static and keep his memory alive??
Stay tuned for our interview with Ginuwine. We will be posting it in the next couple of days.
The loss of Aaliyah 9 years ago still affects a lot of people including myself today. Not only did we lose an R&B artist who was on the verge of superstardom, we also lost a risk taking and trend setting person who inspired millions around the world with her voice. Luckily for us though, Aaliyah left behind plenty of music, tons of footage and a bunch of photos. So instead of being sad over this day, we should celebrate the legacy that she has left behind and know that her music will continue to be played for years to come. Rest in peace Aaliyah!
Whatsup everyone? I just wanted to share something with everyone. I hope you all enjoy this...
Also make sure you all follow me at www.twitter.com/staticmajor502
I may have more gems to share with everyone soon.
So there's the song "Questions" produced by Buddha, wrote & sung by Static, a demo song for Aaliyah, made around 2000-2001 i think. I don't know yet if she had the chance to record it for herself, but Static version shows his falsetto skills, he wrote for a woman, & even sing the demo like Aaliyah should sing it, amazing!
Stay tune for a snippet listening, something rare that i'm sure you don't wanna miss!
UPDATE: Here is the first installment of Static Music Monday.
I don't know if there's a Static's touch on the song but, like DeVante did with Da Bassment, Static did a little bit of it by creating Southernaire Allstars. Pushing artists on the scene, & especially puttin Louisville up, & no matter what the money he did, no matter what famous he became, he never forget about his peeps, about his original crew.
Nice to see that G gave a little shout out to Static in the video too.
What's up everyone? I have been listening to Aaliyah's Red Album a lot lately, and it still amazes me how this album never gets old. I want you to enjoy this song with me: Extra Smooth, one of my all-time favorites.
Don't forget next week is Aaliyah's death anniversary. Be sure to check out the blog then, cause the one and only Neeze will have an extra special surprise for us then: as he has announced on twitter he will post an Aaliyah demo then!
Edit: Here is the first version of the song in CDQ. This is not the final mix of the song, however this is the version that most of us know.
One of the best Static songs out there. I have no idea how Static made a Sex metaphor with something like Coffee, it's ingenious.
And a bonus for everyone, here is him performing it live.
Sadly, this won't be on Suppertime.
Once again, DeVante produced a track called "Slave" with the help of some Bassment members: Darryl Pearson is co-producer, Missy Elliott worked on the track too, but there's some others guest on the track, just look at the credit:
Do you notice something special ???
Background vocals by Steve Jawan, that means Static for Steve & Smokey for Jawan, both of them are on the background vocals with Missy. DeVante at the end of the song has a talking part, again, he says Static name, did i told you Static was his fav artist out of the Bassment Crew???