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Old news but jus pay respects to Static Major


little article explaining the death if anyone didn't know

Static Major, original name Stephen Garret, died unexpectedly on February 25th, 2008 in his hometown of Louisville Kentucky. He was 32.

The cause of death is under investigation. But OHWC cited the radio stations as reporting that Major's death might be caused by an allergic reaction (a brain aneurysm) brought on from a shot given to him for a persistant flu virus.

Static is a prolific African-American producer and R&B singer/song-writer who worked with the likes of artists such as Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Destiny's Child, Brandy, and JoJo.

Below is a list compiled by MediaTakeOut.com showing some of the songs Static Major helped make from 1996 to 2007.

* 1996: "Pony" for Ginuwine
* 1998: "Cheers 2 U" for Playa
* 1998: "Are You That Somebody?" for Aaliyah
* 1998: "Same Ol' G" for Ginuwine
* 1999: "Eyes Better Not Wander" for Nicole Wray
* 1999: "So Anxious" for Ginuwine
* 2000: "Say My Name (Timbaland's Remix)" for Destiny's Child
* 2000: "Try Again" for Aaliyah
* 2000: "Come Back In One Piece" for Aaliyah (featuring DMX)
* 2000: "Change the Game" for Jay-Z (featuring Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, & Static)
* 2001: "We Need a Resolution" for Aaliyah
* 2001: "Loose Rap" for Aaliyah
* 2001: "Rock The Boat" for Aaliyah
* 2001: "More Than a Woman" for Aaliyah
* 2001: "Never No More for Aaliyah
* 2001: "Read Between The Lines" for Aaliyah
* 2001: "Those Were The Days" for Aaliyah
* 2002: "Addictive" for Truth Hurts
* 2002: "Don't Know What to Tell Ya" for Aaliyah
* 2004: "Come as You Are" for Brandy
* 2004: "Sirens" for Brandy
* 2004: "Crank It Up" for David Banner
* 2006: "Tell Me" for Diddy (featuring Christina Aguilera)
* 2007: "On the Hotline" for Pretty Ricky
* 2007: "Juicy" for Pretty Ricky



And here is a link to his latest song before his sad passing with weezy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=740d8sTpM7U




R.I.P


The updated cause of death btw


The cause of death was due to complications during surgery at Baptist East Hospital. It was originally suspected to be due to brain aneurism.
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man he had a hand in alot of hits... RIP to Static Major
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Dang man.

I always wanted to know who the genius was behind most of those beats.

Now I find out who it is after his death.

R.I.P. Static Major
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Oh, thats who static is, wasnt he in that group "PLAYA"? Iam sorry to hear this was him!
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Wow! A lot of songs for Aaliyah. That's sorry to hear.
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RIP ISAAC HAYES and tho he not a musician RIP to BERNIE MAC
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Isaac Hayes, the baldheaded, baritone-voiced soul crooner who laid the groundwork for disco and whose "Theme From Shaft" won both Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday afternoon after he collapsed near a treadmill, authorities said. He was 65.

Hayes was pronounced dead at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis an hour after he was found by a family member, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said. The cause of death was not immediately known.


With his muscular build, shiny head and sunglasses, Hayes cut a striking figure at a time when most of his contemporaries were sporting Afros. His music, which came to be known as urban-contemporary, paved the way for disco as well as romantic crooners like Barry White.


And in his spoken-word introductions and interludes, Hayes was essentially rapping before there was rap. His career hit another high in 1997 when he became the voice of Chef, the sensible school cook and devoted ladies man on the animated TV show "South Park.
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"Isaac Hayes embodies everything that's soul music," Collin Stanback, an A&R executive at Stax, told The Associated Press on Sunday. "When you think of soul music you think of Isaac Hayes — the expression ... the sound and the creativity that goes along with it.
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Hayes was about to begin work on a new album for Stax, the soul record label he helped build to legendary status. And he had recently finished work on a movie called "Soul Men" in which he played himself, starring Samuel Jackson and Bernie Mac, who died on Saturday.


Steve Shular, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said authorities received a 911 call after Hayes' wife and young son and his wife's cousin returned home from the grocery store and found him collapsed in a downstairs bedroom. A sheriff's deputy administered CPR until paramedics arrived.


"The treadmill was running but he was unresponsive lying on the floor," Shular said.


The album "Hot Buttered Soul" made Hayes a star in 1969. His shaven head, gold chains and sunglasses gave him a compelling visual image.


"Hot Buttered Soul" was groundbreaking in several ways: He sang in a "cool" style unlike the usual histrionics of big-time soul singers. He prefaced the song with "raps," and the numbers ran longer than three minutes with lush arrangements.


"Jocks would play it at night," Hayes recalled in a 1999 Associated Press interview. "They could go to the bathroom, they could get a sandwich, or whatever.
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Next came "Theme From Shaft," a No. 1 hit in 1971 from the film "Shaft" starring Richard Roundtree.


"That was like the shot heard round the world," Hayes said in the 1999 interview.


At the Oscar ceremony in 1972, Hayes performed the song wearing an eye-popping amount of gold and received a standing ovation. TV Guide later chose it as No. 18 in its list of television's 25 most memorable moments. He won an Academy Award for the song and was nominated for another one for the score. The song and score also won him two Grammys.


"The rappers have gone in and created a lot of hit music based upon my influence," he said. "And they'll tell you if you ask.
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Hayes was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.


"I knew nothing about the business, or trends and things like that," he said. "I think it was a matter of timing. I didn't know what was unfolding.
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A self-taught musician, he was hired in 1964 by Stax Records of Memphis as a backup pianist, working as a session musician for Otis Redding and others. He also played saxophone.


He began writing songs, establishing a songwriting partnership with David Porter, and in the 1960s they wrote such hits for Sam and Dave as "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul Man.
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All this led to his recording contract.


In 1972, he won another Grammy for his album "Black Moses" and earned a nickname he reluctantly embraced. Hayes composed film scores for "Tough Guys" and "Truck Turner" besides "Shaft." He also did the song "Two Cool Guys" on the "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" movie soundtrack in 1996. Additionally, he was the voice of Nickelodeon's "Nick at Nite" and had radio shows in New York City (1996 to 2002) and then in Memphis.


He was in several movies, including "It Could Happen to You" with Nicolas Cage, "Ninth Street" with Martin Sheen, "Reindeer Games" starring Ben Affleck and the blaxploitation parody "I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka.
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In the 1999 interview, Hayes described the South Park cook as "a person that speaks his mind; he's sensitive enough to care for children; he's wise enough to not be put into the 'wack' category like everybody else in town — and he l-o-o-o-o-ves the ladies.
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But Hayes angrily quit the show in 2006 after an episode mocked his Scientology religion.


"There is a place in this world for satire," he said. "but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs of others begins.
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Co-creator creators Matt Stone responded that Hayes "has no problem — and he's cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians." A subsequent episode of the show seemingly killed off the Chef character.


Hayes was born in 1942 in a tin shack in Covington, Tenn., about 40 miles north of Memphis. He was raised by his maternal grandparents after his mother died and his father took off when he was 1 1/2. The family moved to Memphis when he was 6.


Hayes wanted to be a doctor, but got redirected when he won a talent contest in ninth grade by singing Nat King Cole's "Looking Back.
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He held down various low-paying jobs, including shining shoes on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis. He also played gigs in rural Southern juke joints where at times he had to hit the floor because someone began shooting.
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