Stephen Ellis Garrett
(November 11, 1974 – February 25, 2008), also known as Static Major
, was a Grammy Award-Winning American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the R&B trio Playa. Static Major gained posthumous fame for appearing on Lil Wayne's 2008 album Tha Carter III
on the song "Lollipop". He was a producer of songs from several artists, including Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Pretty Ricky, and Beyonce. He died unexpectedly in his hospital room before his debut album was released. His debut album was slated to be released around the 5th anniversary of his passing in 2013, but nothing surfaced.
Static started his producing career when he signed with Swing Mob Records. Major made a breakthrough working with R&B singer Ginuwine. Major helped produce the song "Pony" which become a major hit and a milestone in both Major's and Timbaland's careers. He 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 1997. After working with Ginuwine, Static assisted in producing songs for Nicole Wray for her 1998 debut album, Make It Hot. Static Major would eventually become the lead songwriter for the late RnB singer Aaliyah. His songwriting collaborations with Aaliyah includes: "Are You That Somebody?", which was featured in the Dr. Dolittle
soundtrack, Come Back In One Piece which was featured in the Romeo Must Die
soundtrack along with the No. 1 single Try Again. "More than a Woman,” “We Need a Resolution,” "Rock the Boat”, "Loose Rap","Extra Smooth", "I Refuse", "What If", "Those Were The Days," and "Never No More" were all featured on her third and final studio album Aaliyah
.He wrote her first and only No. 1 Billboard
Hot 100 single Try Again. He earned Aaliyah 4 top 25 Billboard
Hot 100 singles during his time working with late R&B star. Static was frequently a collaborator with R&B group Pretty Ricky, working with them on several songs, including "Juicy", from their 2005 album Bluestars
. His most recent work producing music was Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” from the album Tha Carter III
is the solo album that Static Major was reportedly set to release on OG Music/Blackground in 2008. "I stay in the streets, that’s where I draw my inspiration," Static Major said describing where he gets his 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."
After a number of tests, Garrett was diagnosed with a rare condition called myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder with hallmark symptoms of muscle weakness and fatigue. He died suddenly at Baptist Hospital East in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky on February 25, 2008.