Monday, February 25, 2008

Stephen "Static" Garrett (1976-2008)



It is with great shock and profound sadness to announce the unexpected passing of Stephen "Static" Garrett on Monday February 25th. Static helped create some of the most timeless hits in music including Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody" and "We Need A Resolution", Ginuwine's "Pony" and "Same Ol G", Destiny Child's "Say My Name" and Truth Hurts "So Addictive" to name but a few. Static let his brilliant songwriting speak for itself, racking up hit after hit and continuing his top 10 success throughout the years. Static along with friends and fellow musicians Smokey and Black formed the group Playa which released their critically acclaimed album Cheers 2 U to rave reviews back in 1998. The group disbanded, however Static still had much more to share with the world and so he continued as a solo artist releasing his album Suppertime in 2007 and planning a re-release with added tracks in 2008.

It is a huge loss to the music industry and to the world as a whole to have someone with so much talent, energy, love, and endless potential to be taken from us so early. Static was THAT dude when it come to making hits. Long before the success of Tim, Missy, Tweet, and Playa, Static was part of Da Basement crew busy penning many of his future hits, like his first #1 classic "Pony" way back in 1995. 13 years later, Static was still as relevant and in demand as ever as seen by Lil' Wayne personally choosing the talented crooner for his possible first single "Lollipop" off his new album.

The Thomas Crown Chronicles would like to offer their deepest condolences and prayers to Static's family, fellow musicians, friends, and fans around the world. Static made his mark in so many lives all across the globe and we honor the phenomenal music he was able to share with us. Static we thank you for all that you've given this world through your music, gifts, and talents and it's through this music and the legacy that you have created that we will always remember you. Rest In Peace, you will be missed!

33 comments :

  1. absolutely terrible..

    im genuinely hurt by this.

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  2. He was a cool dude & so talented! RIP!

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  3. this brings me back to the death of aaliyah. RIP static, you were a major talent and contribution to the music industry.

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  4. Damn, i was anticipating an album from him.... R*I*P :-(

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  5. I am completely shocked and saddened by this news. I was actually listening to "I am Music" yesterday and just being in awe of Static's amazing and unique voice. He was a great writer and vocal arranger. Damn, I can't even believe I just used the word "was." It's hard for me to even refer to him in the past tense. My thoughts and prayers definitely go out his family. RIP Static...

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  6. RIP Static I was just listening to I got my. I hope that they still release suppertime.

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  7. wow what a sad day.... RIP STatic!!

    was his album released in 2007? where i can find it?

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  8. How exactly did he die? Lemme guess, shot?

    And yeah, that blows. As you said, very unexpected. R.I.P Static.

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  9. Nevermind. Just read this quote off of wiki:

    "Static Major passed away Monday, February 25th, 2008 in his hometown of Louisville Kentucky. The cause of death is unclear and still under investigation but it is thought that he may have passed away from Brain Aneurysm."

    Such a shame. Again, rest in peace, Static. And do say hello to Aaliyah for me.

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  10. Oh my God...

    This is a real loss on all fronts. Static did not drop the ball ONCE with any of the songs he wrote. I think it's a shame that in the light of songwriters finally coming to the forefront and getting their shine that this dude passed. He did not get nowhere near as much credit and praise as he should've gotten.

    "Loose rap" had me down as a Static fan. I f**king loved that song. Every song he wrote on Aaliyah was killer and Brandy's "Come as you are" was too ridiculous. That was easily my favourite song off of Afrodisiac.

    This is a real shame...

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  11. OH NO!!! why? i wasn't expecting that at all... :'(. what happened to him? soo so sad news! my thoughts r with his family and friends!

    now u r with babygurl & the others up there rockin... i don't know what to write :(

    Rest In Peace, Static!

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  12. Rest In Peace Static

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  13. R.I.P was a great songwriter

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  14. i'm shocked!!!
    i love this guy!!!
    Damn!! =(
    R.I.P.

    Farraj

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  15. RIP Static...you will be missed

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  16. RIP mate, he did well in life to have such an affect in so many peoples lives whether they knew it or not...

    His new track, I Got My, is so good :(

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  18. Have you ever heard "Use My Shoulders " and "City Lights" from Jojo's 1st album?

    Static was a TRUE genius...

    "Never No More" of Aaliyah and "People Like Myself" ft Timbaland and Magoo... No on could make a song sounds like he did...

    Thanks God no one dies with his legacy so that it could all be ours then...

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  19. Tim and Static tracks were always fire i always wished he went to working with him some more i like the clutch but static has always did his thing songwriting. A really true talent R.I.P.

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  20. Wow. Any word from tim's camp?
    Rest in peace bro.

    Schmenkee

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  21. Well said J Boogie

    damn..I Still think Timbaland made some of his best music with Static...RIP!

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  22. It's always a terrible shame to have such a great talent taken away so early.You're legend will live on...Rest in Peace Static!

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  23. that is sad
    "...but it is thought that he may have passed away from a brain aneurysm " shit man you never know that is going to happen
    at least he lived a full life
    RIP

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  24. RIP Static...we gonna miss u

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  25. $tar$heg$ iz bacc yow!February 26, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    OMG! It was just sunday i was listenin' to his nuest joint wiv ludacris "Grippin on the bed". I was like rahhh! dat tracc iz dope. i believe @ least he left dis cruel life fo a btea place, R.I.P meyin!

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  26. This is horrible news.
    I had the privilege of working with him. He was a really nice dude.
    This is tragic. RIP

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  27. met this guy thru a once close friend and his wife a child hood friend. u know the saying first impressions mean a lot well static is one to remember. A smile so bright and a very warm heart from what i knew of him. shine down on us STATIC u will b missed. RIP my prayers r with u boobie and fam.

    acelliott

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  28. The world of r&b,hip-hop & i am talking about Ruff and black. Has suffered a great loss. His legacy will live on he will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to the Da basement family as well as his immediate family you will all be in my prayers. Live,Love and prosper... mia

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