Static electricity Static plays some cuts from "Suppertime" while cruising around town in his pristine 2003 Bentley Armage R. His wide-ranging and velvety vocals melt over the tracks, which range from bouncy headnodders to sensual, soul-searching cuts. With lyrics that hearken back to old-school soul, one track plays out like a love letter set to music; another is laced with suggestive sexual innuendo. A few include well-placed rap verses. All of them make you think. "I'm coming with some OG music," Static says. "I walk a thin line between hip-hop and R & B." This music is an odd juxtaposition to "Jeepers Creepers 2," the movie playing on three screens of Static's in-car theater system. The murderous rampage of the film's gruesome monster somehow ceases to be revolting when set to Static's heartfelt words.
"My new step is to establish myself as an artist," says Static, who admits he's going after R. Kelly's mus…
Slam here, don't mean to turn this into a plug for my own blog, but I figure heck why not. If you haven't been to my site, I'm currently doing a "March Madness" on my own blog for r&b. Today, Playa is facing off against Blackstreet, so I would appreciate if everyone would take a minute to vote. Just click the picture below to go and vote!
In my opinion, on most of Timbaland's albums, it seems that most of the best tracks don't even feature him primarily on the song. "Joy" is a personal favorite of mine from the 1997 album "Welcome to Our World" and features both Ginuwine and Playa on the track with a rap by Static. This is the first of a few songs I'm going to feature that have Static rapping. I always found his raps to be a bit different; very "melodic" and very unique to say the least.
Although Aaliyah stole the show in the movie and also on the soundtrack, Playa also contributed a nice little song to the soundtrack for "Romeo Must Die." The soundtrack was actually released by Blackground records and featured other Blackground artists such as Ginuwine, Timbaland & Magoo. Ginuwine's "Simply Irresistable" was actually also written by Static for this album.
Released on the B-side of the "Till The Wheels fall Off" 12" Promo single, "Soldier" is a track that hasn't been talk about that much. This is a banger, OG Music again on the production, on the lyrics & Static does a rap. According to ascap, Pretty Ricky got a song called "Soulja", is it another song Static gave away ?? Neeze! Need help :) Like always, we bring you exclusive listening on the Staticismusicblogspot! Enjoy & let everybody knows the real source for Static Major Music!
I'm sure a lot of ya'll already know about this track, seeing as how it was one of the very first Static songs to leak on the internet.
Well, here is the song in CDQ...
And just a quick note for everyone, I don't have a problem with anyone downloading these songs for personal use. But for the bloggers out there who post these exclusive tracks on their personal blog, please keep in mind that we put a lot of effort into this blog and it would mean a lot to us if you would redirect the listeners to our page.
We've already posted some material from Digital Black, so let's continue the Playa trend and showcase Smokey aka Smokey E. Digglera of Playa.
This song, "On The Downside", comes from Smokey's latest album "The Truth In The Booth". I have no idea when the song was made, but I do know that the song was produced by J-Dub and Buddah (no relation to me though, lol). As usual, it's a hot joint and really makes you think about relationships and the difficulty of being in one.
I have to admit, I'm such a sucker for this song. For me, this is one of those feel good songs that I could put on at any time, no matter what, and it will put me in a good mood. Can you believe that Aaliyah would have been 31 today? I sometimes forget that she accomplished so much at such an early age. Even if you put her body of work up against most other r&b artists, she still comes out on top. Of course, we have to give Static his due as he penned many of her major hits. But as Tim mentioned, the two had a very special chemistry and worked very well together. One thing is for sure, they are still creating those hits right now up in heaven.
I've posted some information on the blog exclusive joint "Crazy" by Aura already, but I figured it would make more sense if we heard it straight from her, because she was actually there. So here is the very talented Aura talking about the history of the track:
I was signed to Atlantic at the time. Gee Roberson was my A&R and he manages Kanye. Kanye came to the studio and had forgotten his records, but I'm an avid Joni Mitchell fan and had some of her records there. It was like magic watching Kanye work. He crafted that beat like it was a priceless sculpture. When it started to come together Gee, who managed Static at that time too said "What do you think about Static co-writing with you?" Well, I was ecstatic, pun fully intended. Within an hour or so, Static came over. I was fully aware and familiar with his work with Playa, Aaliyah, Genuine and he had also written my girl Truth Hurts super sick single "Addicted", so I was excited. He came in; …
As you've probably noticed with those "Questions Of The Weeks", I wanted to read your opinions and find out what your favourite Static songs were. Well, to make things more fun, we have created something similiar to the NCAA: March Madness concept, only with songs that Static had written/performed.
Get ready to vote for the best Static related song of all time! We'll post a matchup every day, and we expect everybody to vote.
Another song from Digital Black featuring Static, "If You Don't Call" is from Black's 2005 "R&Street Mixtape Volume 1." Once again, I'm just amazed by the Static's harmonies, because to me that's what really makes this song catchy to me.
Digital Black "If You Don't Call" featuring Static Major
It's a Lousiville thing, y'all know Static is a KY representer, & how he likes to work with local rappers, especially Goodfella & Native. So this is the hood side of Static i want to talk about with the song "After Hours..." produced by Chink Santana (he did most of his work with Ashanti, at the Murder Inc days). Like he said in an ineterview one time "If it can be played in the hood, then it's not right", so there he is, between rappin' & singin', his rap is so smooth, he doesn't really rap or sing in that song, it's a mix of it. As always, vocal arragements are his trademark, you can recognize his touch in one in a million. So here's a taste of this hood music, thx again to Neeze for the song.
Here's a song from Digital Black called "Halfway" off of his 2004 album "Memoirs of an R&B Thug" that features Static. When I was first listening to the song, I thought it was a cool song. But once I heard Static jump on the track, it totally blew me away. The way he harmonizes and just completely adds a new element to the song is just amazing to me. I'd love to hear other people's thoughts and if you had the same reaction.
Here's another gem that was written by Static for Ginuwine. As Tim pointed out in the interview, G didn't have enough time to record the whole thing, so those are still Static's vocals on the chorus, which for us Static fans, is obviously a great touch on the song. If you didn't have a chance to listen to the interview with Tim that was recently posted, this song was a late addition to the "100% Ginuwine" album and that's why they were pressed for time in recording it. Since G was so quick to take credit for the songs Static wrote for him, where would his career really be without Static's writing?
Here is one of the two songs that Static wrote for Tank on his second album "One Man." I was always a big fan of this beautiful song even before I knew Static wrote it, and it makes me like it that much more! Would love to hear a Static version of this song......paging Neeze......
It's not even a Monday, but I've been playing this song a lot lately so I had to share it with everyone now!
This song showcases Static's music ability from the lyrics, to the vocals, and then to the sick rap. And according to ASCAP, our very own Neeze had a hand in writing the track :)
Check back soon as we have more surprises coming. We've already heard Static the artist, but we're going to show you the other sides of Static. Tim has already mentioned rare footage coming, and I'm going to fill you in on the SWATT music era. Music from the rest of Static's team is coming soon!
How did you start writing songs for other artists?
I left Louisville in 1992 and I got thrown into the Jodeci camp and that was back when he had Timbland, Missy, Ginuine, Tweet and we all was starvin, workin. Then we all branched out to our own separate ways. And I was blessed to write a lot of hits. Im in a group called Playa. We put out an album in 1998. The three of us, all from Louisville. Now Im getting ready to release my solo album.
Did you get all this opportunity from just being around those folks?
Actually the Aaliyah situation came through my management. They the owners of Blackground Records and thats the label that Aaliyah was on, not to mention thats her uncle. So they manage me and they managed Timbaland and Ginuwine at the time. That was the camp. I just was showing up with the right records. Me and Aaliyah had a hell of a chemistry. She really trusted my sound and where I was going with it.
If you've heard this song by Playa and the beat sounds familiar, that's because it should. Alicia Keys released "You Don't Know My Name" with the same beat in 2003 and the song reached #3 on the Billboard Top 100. Although we don't know the story of why the beat, which was produced by Kanye West, is used for two different songs, I might venture a guess at it. You see, once it was realized Playa's second album would not be released and thus "Let It Go" would be shelved, I'm pretty sure Kanye wanted to capitalize his gains on the beat and sold it to Alicia. Maybe Tim can clarify, as this is just my guess!
Here is the Alicia Keys song for comparison purposes. Which do you like better?
Once Playa decided to go their separated ways, we soon saw Digital Black and Smoke E. Digglera release their debut albums. As time went by, they went to work on their second albums and released them a short while later. The only member of Playa that has yet to have their album released is Static. You may wonder to yourself, "why?". It is well documented that Static wanted "Suppertime" to be the perfect album so he reworked his album many times until he was satisfied with it.
A few years ago, a tracklisting of Suppertime leaked onto the internet and although it doesn't have a lot of the songs that are confirmed for the album ("I Got My", "Coffee In Da Morning", "4 a Long Time"), there are some interesting bits to it.
Static Major - Suppertime On Da Feddy Side 1. 9 to 5 2. At The Bar 3. Crazy Feat. Kanye West 4. Souljah 5. Until The Wheelz Fall Off 6. Sick & Tired Feat. Kanye West 7. Get Together Feat. Timbaland 8. Dirty Mind 9. Here Is My …