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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.

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