Producer/songwriter Static Major, of the 90s R&B group, Playa, died Tuesday of what has been speculated to have been a brain aneurysm. He was 32. Static, real name Stephen Major, is known for his work with artists like Jay-Z, Destinyâs Child, Brandy, Lil Wayne, Ginuwine and Aaliyah. The cause of death is still unknown, but AllHipHop reported Major possibly passing away due to a brain aneurysm. Staticâs former Def Jam group Playa, were most known for the hit single “Cheers to You.” The group released an album of the same name in 1997. During his time working with late R&B star Aaliyah, Static helped on the hit songsâAre You That Somebody?â More Than a Woman,â âWe Need a Resolution,â and âRock the Boat.â Staticâs most recent work was Lil Wayneâs âLollipopâ off Tha Carter III. Major was reportedly set to release his own solo album, Suppertime, on OG Music/Blackground this year. Static was a frequent collaborator with R&B group Pretty Ricky, working with them on several songs including âJuicyâ off their 2005 album Bluestars. Pretty Ricky member Diamond Blue âBaby Blueâ Smith released a statement to VIBE today expressing his shock over Majorâs passing: âStatic Major was a brother, friend and mentor to me. He was there with me and my brothers from the beginning of our career and will be in my heart forevermore. His music will live through us forever and an eternity. He mentored me on the first two Pretty Ricky albums (Bluestars and Late Night Special), and taught my writing style, technique and the tricks and trades of this music business! I dedicate this new Pretty Ricky album (80s BABIES) to my lost homie. Down here in the Miami, we’ll be pouring out some Crown Royal! If you know Static then you feel me! Love you my nigga! R.I.P.â Major is survived by his beautiful wife, his four children, and legions of fans. VIBE
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