From “So Anxious” To “Are You That Somebody?”: 11 Hit Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written By The Late Static Major
Static Major, born Stephen Garrett, was a gifted writer and producer who used his talents to create some of the biggest R&B hits of the ’90s (and after) for some of the biggest stars of that time, including Aaliyah and Ginuwine. He often collaborated with Timbaland and was trained under the tutelage of one DeVante Swing. But before he was even a member of the Swing Mob collective, he was trying to make moves as a member of the R&B trio, Playa. While on the verge of really breaking through in the industry and becoming well-known, Garrett passed away in 2008 from respiratory stress while having treatment for myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder.
Garrett’s birthday was this week (yesterday actually) and I thought it would be a good time to show some love to a man who deserved a lot more recognition when he was here on earth. Here are 11 hit songs you may not have known were written and/or produced by Static Major.
“Pony” by Ginuwine
This song, one of Static Major’s first big hits, peaked at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. He co-wrote the song with Ginuwine and Timbaland (who produced it), and the track made G a household name…with the ladies of course.
“Are You That Somebody” by Aaliyah
From the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack, “Are You That Somebody” peaked at #1 on the Hot R&B chart while also placing well on the Pop and Hot 100 charts. The song was written by Static Major and Timbaland, and Static once said that when he shared the song with the singer for the first time, she wasn’t feeling it. She eventually agreed to record it and it turned out to be one of her most well-known hits.
“Can I Take U Home” by Jamie Foxx
Another collaboration between Static Major and Timbaland, Static wrote while Timbaland produced this jam for Jamie Foxx’s album Unpredictable.
“Lollipop” by Lil Wayne
The song “Lollipop,” to this day, is still both Static Major and Lil Wayne’s biggest hit, but Static passed away a couple weeks before the song was officially released. He helped write the song with Lil Wayne, and a few others, sings the chorus and is featured in the video. The song went #1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and of course, the coveted Hot 100.
“Tell Me” by Diddy
Static Major was a co-writer (along with Sean Combs and six other people) on the song “Tell Me,” from Diddy’s album, Press Play. Interesting enough, it was originally being tested as a song for Diddy’s former group, Danity Kane, to be featured on, but he scrapped them for Christina Aguilera instead.
“Addictive” by Truth Hurts
“Addictive” was Truth Hurts’ first and only hit as a singer on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Label, and she has Static Major and DJ Quick to thank for that (and Rakim, who had a pretty hot verse on the song). Both men were behind the lyrical content, and DJ Quick produced the track, which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.
“On The Hotline” by Pretty Ricky
Static Major worked with Pretty Ricky on more than one occasion (including on the song “Juicy”), but he definitely helped them secure quite the hit with “On The Hotline.” The song, about phone sex, was the first single from the group’s second album, Late Night Special. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Static co-wrote and produced the song.
“Cheers 2 U” by Playa
The second single from the group’s album of the same name, Static Major penned Playa’s biggest hit with Timbaland, who also produced the smooth jam. The song, which is still loved and played out by many, peaked at #10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart back in ’98.
“Eyes Better Not Wander” by Nicole Wray
Sorry to say, but I was first introduced to this song because of Keyshia Cole’s decision to writhe around on a baby grand piano for Birdman to it. That doesn’t mean it’s not hot though! Static Major co-wrote the song, as well as another song called “Raise Your Frown” on Nicole Wray’s debut (and only) album, Make It Hot.
“So Anxious” by Ginuwine
Perhaps one of my absolute favorite songs, it’s another collaboration between Static Major and Timbaland. The s*xy song peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. And can we talk about how awesome this video was?
“Rock The Boat” by Aaliyah
Written by Static Major with the help of Eric Seats and Rapture Stewart, the song was reportedly written for Aaliyah years before she actually recorded it. Her label allegedly wasn’t too sure if she was ready to put out music of such a sexual nature. The song stayed on the charts for 25 weeks and peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.