Stephen Ellis Garrett, Jr. (November 11, 1974 – February 25, 2008), known professionally as Static Major (and previously as Static), was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer from Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the R&B trio Playa, and a songwriter for several artists, including Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Pretty Ricky, and Destiny's Child.[1]

Static Major
Static Major in 2001
Static Major in 2001
Background information
Birth nameStephen Ellis Garrett, Jr.
Also known as
  • Static
  • Static/Major
Born(1974-11-11)November 11, 1974
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedFebruary 25, 2008(2008-02-25) (aged 33)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1990−2008
Formerly of

Career Edit

Garrett started his producing career when he signed Swing Mob. He made a breakthrough working with R&B singer Ginuwine, writing and co-producing the 1996 song "Pony" which became a major hit and a milestone in both Garrett and Timbaland's careers.[2] Garrett later became a member of the Def Jam group Playa, who were most known for their hit single "Cheers 2 U". Playa released an album of the same name in 1998.

After working with Ginuwine, Garrett assisted in producing songs for Nicole Wray for her 1998 debut album, Make It Hot. He would eventually become the lead songwriter for Aaliyah. His songwriting collaborations with Aaliyah include: "Are You That Somebody?", which was featured in the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack, and the Romeo Must Die soundtrack singles "Come Back in One Piece" and her only Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Try Again". The songs "More than a Woman", "We Need a Resolution", "Rock the Boat", "Loose Rap" (which he was also featured on), "Extra Smooth", "I Refuse", "Read Between the Lines", "Those Were the Days", and "Never No More" were all featured on her third and final studio album Aaliyah.[3][2]

In 2005, Garrett collaborated with R&B group Pretty Ricky on their song "Juicy".[3] He was featured on Lil Wayne's chart-topping 2008 song "Lollipop", which he co-wrote.[3][4][5] The music video for "Lollipop" was dedicated to his memory.[6]

Garrett once reflected on where his inspiration comes from, saying "I stay in the streets, that's where I draw my inspiration [...] If it can't be played in the hood, then it just doesn't work for me. And nobody can hold me on harmony. My whole aura is not your typical R&B aura."

Death Edit

Garrett died at age 33 at the Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 25, 2008, from complications of a medical procedure.[7]

Posthumous releases Edit

Garrett was featured posthumously on Drake's 2018 song "After Dark", which peaked at number 41 on the Hot 100.

In 2020, Garrett was featured on Jack Harlow's "Luv Is Dro" which is largely a reworking of Static's own song, also titled "Love Is Dro", which had been previously released in 2018.

On December 17, 2021, a new posthumous single from Aaliyah was released, titled "Poison". The song featured The Weeknd, who was credited as a co-writer alongside Garrett and Belly. "Poison" contains vocals recorded by Aaliyah shortly before her death in 2001. Garrett can be heard delivering background vocals.[8][9][10][11]

Discography Edit

Singles Edit

As a lead artist Edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Bus Stop Breezy" 2006 Suppertime
"Your Valentine" 2007
"I Got My"
(featuring Lil Wayne)
98[citation needed]
"Till the Wheels Fall Off"
(featuring Pretty Ricky)

As a featured artist Edit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Crank It Up"
(David Banner featuring Static Major)
2004 87 MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water
(Lil Wayne featuring Static Major)
2008 1 1 1 32 10 22 28 3 39 26 Tha Carter III
"After Dark"
(Drake featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Static Major)
2018 41 28 63 40 Scorpion
"Luv Is Dro"
(Jack Harlow featuring Bryson Tiller and Static Major)
2020 Thats What They All Say
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "David Banner Speaks On Static Major Death". February 26, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "» Stephen "Static/Major" Garrett – (1976–2008)". February 26, 2008. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Producer Static major, of Former R&B Group Playa, Dies". Vibe. Archived from the original on August 26, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
  4. ^ "New Music: Lil Wayne f/ Static – 'Lollipop'". Rap-Up. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  5. ^ "Lollipop by Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major | Billboard The Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. January 2, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  6. ^ "Lil Wayne - Lollipop (Official Music Video) ft. Static". Youtube. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Saxelby, Ruth (November 11, 2011). "Static Major: the forgotten genius behind Aaliyah's hits". Dummy. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  8. ^ "'Poison': New Aaliyah Song Featuring The Weeknd Confirmed to Drop This Week". That Grape Juice. December 14, 2021. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  9. ^ Zidel, Alex (December 14, 2021). "Aaliyah's Posthumous Song With The Weeknd "Poison" Coming Soon". Hot New Hip Hop. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  10. ^ "Listen to Aaliyah and The Weeknd's collaborative new single, 'Poison'". NME. December 17, 2021. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  11. ^ "Aaliyah & The Weeknd – Poison (single)". December 17, 2021. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  12. ^ "Lil Wayne Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  13. ^ Peak chart positions for guest appearances on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the United States:
  14. ^ "Lil Wayne Album & Song Chart History: Rap Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  15. ^ "Discography Lil Wayne". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  16. ^ "Lil Wayne Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  17. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Lil Wayne / Single". (in German). Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on January 10, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  18. ^ "Discography Lil Wayne". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  19. ^ "Discography Lil Wayne". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  20. ^ "Lil Wayne (Charts)". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  21. ^ "Lil' Wayne Featuring Drake". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  22. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Lil Wayne". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  23. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Singles". RadioScope. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2012.

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