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

Static wrote most of the lyrics on Aaliyah’s self-titled 2001 album. A YouTube video featuring Static Major alongside Smoke E. Digglera of Playa was also heavily sampled on Drake’s song “Look What You’ve Done” from his 2011 album Take Care.

Static started his producing career when he signed Swing Mob. Major made a breakthrough working with R&B singer Ginuwine. Major helped produce the song “Pony” which became 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 1998.

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 R&B singer 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. He earned Aaliyah four top-25 Billboard Hot 100 singles during his time working with the late R&B star.

He collaborated with R&B group Pretty Ricky on their 2005 song “Juicy”.[6] He was featured on Lil Wayne’s chart-topping 2008 song “Lollipop”.[6][7][8] “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.” He was featured posthumously on Jack Harlow’s Love Is Dro and Drake’s 2018 song “After Dark”, which peaked at number 41 on the Hot 100.

Garrett died at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Kentucky on February 25, 2008 from complications of a medical procedure.[9] The music video for “Lollipop” was dedicated to his memory.

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