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Aaliyah Week: An Ode To Static Major, The Pen Behind Aaliyah's things come about from the relation of it all, the relation of being cool. Her uncle Barry Hankerson was married to Gladys. Image via Aaliyah didn't really like Static Major's versions of "Are You That Somebody?. for a young person. I guess that r. Kelly relationship soured her for a little bit. Click to expand that cant be true because aaliyah dated static major in
Anything he did, he put little things into it. He was really gifted beyond his years and way ahead of his time and so unique. It made him blow up the way that he did. He was a diamond in the rough in the beginning because I still remember days when he started writing.
He would just try to learn get his pen game going. He stayed around DeVante and Missy and seeing the competition and wanting to beat the competition, he worked really hard at it. He took his writing to another level far beyond what I can do and a lot of other writers could in a short amount of time.
It was all business for Static once he entered that booth. No matter what artist he was working with, he was always up to the challenge. He had great chemistry with Aaliyah which is why it worked. He was down with everybody.
One thing I can say that is hilarious when I think about Static, I think about being in the studio with Static. When Static was feeling something, he would have his bop and get on his own rhythm.
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Say you guys are both in the studio together jamming and bopping, he would be on his own rhythm and it would be an intricate part of his genius. He would then lay it down and the notes and harmonies he would hear along with the content. The subject matter he chose to write about and the way he would articulate them with the melodies and harmonies was incredible.
He would come in and always focus. He was very quiet, but very talented. He would write, he would talk to me first and he would try to get to know me by asking me about my life and where I grew up, if I had my boyfriend, how I felt about my boyfriend and how I felt about different issues on life. We would closely work together on a couple of songs that made the album which I still love today. Just to keep it so simple but complex at the same time, it was amazing to watch.
It was like the music took control of him, it was magical. It was amazing to me how he could take a simple beat and turn it into a hit song. When he went into that studio, he was all about business. He worked at a really fast pace and was able to move onto different harmonies. He was such a genius when it came to songwriting. It tasted terrible to me!
I had one here and there to be social. The guy would just zone out, it was amazing. It would take him 5 or 10 minutes to come up with a concept, and then 45 minutes later, we have a full song done. There would be one more thing that he could have done. He was truly a secret weapon in the industry; known as a star hit-maker to those in it, but not quite a household name to the average music fan out of it.
I used to love to sit and watch him work also as a producer. He was someone who could put the entire picture together and make a song. I could definitely appreciate that and him in a great way. It was an honor to work with Static.
He held me down. Whenever I went anywhere I would take Static with me because he was my man. We just vibed off each other. With music and whatever else, Static was a singer and I was a player, so it just made sense.
He already respected me as an artist and he let me do what I do. I always respected him as a writer and an artist and let him do what he does as far as being in the studio by himself and not pressuring him.
He came in and he had his CD that he did all of the songs he did, the discography. He gave us that and let us know the history, they were all my favorite records, and it really hit home then.
He was just a good dude. He was at his best in the studio. That dude was meant to be in front of that studio board. My greatest moments when he would light up when an idea would come. It could be at 4: He was a workaholic. He knew what he wanted, was put in a great situation to get it, and got it!Static/Major - More Than A Woman (Aaliyah Reference Track)
Easy to work with, too. I came up listening to songs that Static…my first tour, I was singing songs that Static wrote, big hits that he wrote for Ginuwine and he wrote for Aaliyah.
But he was such a talent. He would go outside the box and for the most part, everyone else would always have to catch on.
Now I see why he was the way he was when it come to this, he just gave me a whole different insight on it. Now I carry myself the way I carry myself because of that and because of him. The circumstances surrounding this last video were really strange because my mother had eye surgery and couldn't fly.
That really bothered her because she always traveled. My dad had to take care of my mom at that time. And I went to Australia to visit some friends.
We really couldn't understand why we weren't there. You ask yourself maybe we could have stopped it. But you can't really answer the question. There's always gonna be that question of why. One of their last conversations concerned Aaliyah having difficulty with "another young artist" that she was trying to work with. Knight felt the argument was "petty" and insisted that she remain being who she was in spite of the conflict.
As she recalled to Vibe magazine inshe and Kelly would "go watch a movie" and "go eat" when she got tired and would then "come back and work". She described the relationship between her and Kelly as being "rather close.
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Kelly told me that he and Aaliyah got together and it was just magic. Or that she was coming and going in and out of his house. People would see her walking his dog, 12 Play, with her basketball cap and sunglasses on. Every time I asked the label, they said it was platonic. But I kept hearing complaints from people about her being in the studio with all those men.
In Mayshe filed suit in Cook County seeking to have all records of the marriage expunged because she was not old enough under state law to get married without her parents' consent.
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It was reported that she cut off all professional and personal ties with Kelly after the marriage was annulled and ceased having contact with him.
During an interview with Christopher John Farley, she was asked if she was still in contact with him and if she would ever work with him again. Farley said Aaliyah responded with a "firm, frosty 'no'" to both of the questions. Kelly comes up, she doesn't even speak his name, and nobody's allowed to ask about it at all".
Kelly would have other allegations made about him regarding underage girls in the years following her death and his marriage to Aaliyah was used to evidence his involvement with them. He has refused to discuss his relationship with her, citing her death. That was a whole other situation, a whole other time, it was a whole other thing, and I'm sure that people also know that. Meeting someone that is trying to do the same thing you are doing in the urban market, in the same urban market place but not really being so urban.
It was just; her mind was where my mind was. She understood me and she got my jokes. She thought my jokes were funny. In Mayshe hosted a party for Dash's 30th birthday at a New York City club, where they were spotted together and Dash was seen escorting her to a bathroom. Addressing this, Aaliyah stated that she and Dash were just "very good friends" and chose to "keep it at that" for the time being. Dash was also committed to "his own thing", which did not make matters any better.
Despite this, they were understanding that the time they had together was special.