Interview: Tank on Working with Static and Aaliyah

I recently had the chance to interview Tank for YouKnowIGotSoul and of course you know I had to ask him about working with Static and Aaliyah. Here is the portion of the interview where he discusses both, and I'm glad to have finally gotten to the bottom of whether or not Static wrote all of both of those songs for Tank. In my opinion, neither sounded like Static penned songs, but Tank explains it for us.

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.

Static Major Army (Explanation)

*I'm stressing right now, this is just for fun, this is no type of serious rankings*

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:

Interview: Rey from Metro City



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.


Thankful (Playa: Grateful)



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.


Music: Sugah "Love Just Expired" from Da Bassment Cassette

Another exclusive from Da Bassment Cassette tape. Classic Sugah.

Album: Static Major - The Demos (EP)


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)

http://hotfile.com/dl/83483932/94498eb/Static_Major_-_The_Demos_EP_(2010).zip.html

http://www.multiupload.com/FLQ05FIGQF

We Are Putting the Finishing Touches on the EP + We Need Your Help

What's up everyone, just wanted to assure you the EP is still on schedule to be available here later today. Neeze, Buddha and myself were up late last night hard at work on getting everything together to make sure we could deliver it today.

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!

Music: Yung Major "Letter to Static"

This tribute song and video were done by reader of this site Yung Major. Myself and Buddha actually go back with him on Youtube before this site even started, and he's one of Static's biggest supporters out there. Big shout out to Yung Major for putting this song together!

Music: Digital Black "Cut Tonight" featuring Static Major

This song was featured on Digital Black's 2007 album "The Autobiography of Benjamin Bush."

Pictures from Static's Birthday Party 11/12

These photos are courtesy of Dorian Washington. More to come as others from the site also took pictures.

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

Video Footage from Smoke Digglera's Smokin Sundays (Static Tribute)

Shout out to one of our favorite readers, contributors, and a huge Static fan, Pooh Bear for all of this footage!

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"

Music: Sugah "Fly Guy" from Da Bassment Cassette Tape

One of my favorites from the tape. Wish I had the full version of this song!

Happy Birthday Stephen Ellis Garrett aka Static Major!!!



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

I have some great news to share with you all. After taking the time to communicate with Neeze for a few hours, we were able to figure everything out so that we can continue working together with this site. The most important thing is, we have to remember why we're doing this, which is for Static Major, it's not about anyone else, and I think we've always all had that in mind for the site. Please, I ask that you refrain from bringing any negativity to the site, because as you can see from the cbox, Neeze has explained his position and he's not the bad guy he was made out to be yesterday. Through Static's power from up above, he brought us all together here to do this tribute for him, and we aren't stopping now!

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.



Static's ASCAP page

http://staticmajordiscography.blogspot.com/2010/11/statics-ascap-page.html

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.

Interview: Play N Skillz



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.

Music: Ginuwine "Let's Stop Effin Around" from Da Bassment Cassette

Another exclusive from Da Bassment Cassette tape. Classic Ginuwine.

Upcoming Interview: Play-N-Skillz

Tomorrow we will be interviewing Play-N-Skillz who you might remember worked with Static on their album "The Process." Anything you'd like us to ask?



Interview: DJ Slam Asks Faith Evans About Making "1970 Somethin" and If She Met Static

As many of you remember, we put Static's demo version of "1970 Somethin" on our Christmas Mixtape last year. The final version had Faith singing it, and I had a chance to ask her about it in a recent interview I did with her. Unfortunately, it was the worst case scenario where the demo of the song was given to her. However, she did have a good answer to the second question I asked. Click Here to listen to the full interview.

Static Major "I Got My" Remix featuring DJ Khaled, Ludacris & Lil' Wayne

This isn't an official remix by any means (Ludacris' verse is from a song he did with R. Kelly) but it's still cool to listen to. This was released a few years back in 2008. I know a few people have mentioned it already on the blog including Neeze.