Monday, 18 September 2017

Static Major’s Wife Avonti Garrett Interview via '': Talks Plans For Posthumous Album & Legacy

As always, here at Aaliyah Archives we try to cater to everyone, including all our Static Major fans. Recently, did an interview with Static's wife, Avonti Garrett, who touches on a number of subjects pertaining to Static's legacy, upcoming projects as well as a posthumous album soon to be released. Read below for the full scoop! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy!
"YouKnowIGotSoul has made a conscious effort to keep the legacy of the late Static Major alive through different interviews and articles to highlight his artistry. His impact on the industry is still there with the likes of Drake and Chris Brown sampling his music. Recently we had an opportunity to speak with his wife Avonti Garrett about Static’s music and the plans that she has for releasing the new music. Prior to Static’s passing in 2008, he was gearing up to put out his debut album “Suppertime” on Blackground Records. Unfortunately the album never came out, but that may change very soon as Static’s family is planning for some major projects including a mixtape, a tribute show and the debut. We talked to the wife of the legendary singer/songwriter about the future of Static Major and also about a petition that she has set up for something in Kentucky.
YouKnowIGotSoul: It seems like there’s been some new Static content being released recently, so what sparked that?
Avonti Garrett: It’s been sparking for awhile but with anything, nothing comes before its time. You’re probably seeing it more, but I’m doing a tribute in November this year. This is our third tribute we’ve done and we usually get together every year for his birthday. This time I wanted to do something a little special. Everything is timing.
YouKnowIGotSoul: What kind of things can we expect in the future?
Avonti Garrett: Right now I’m working on a mixtape of released music. We’re remaking music that’s already been released. We’re reproducing it and the singers will be able to perform at the tribute show coming up November 25th.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Is this going to lead to the release of Static’s debut album “Suppertime”?
Avonti Garrett: Hopefully it’s going to create the buzz that I want it to. I want to bring out the project in a way that people will know it’s coming. I don’t want to just drop it. I want people to anticipate it. It’s coming, it’s definitely coming.
YouKnowIGotSoul: What’s the goal for you when releasing the album?
Avonti Garrett: I definitely would love for it to be on the radio. Static left a huge catalog and as a wife. I know how hard he worked. He was a studio rat and I’d like his music to come out properly. He was a legit songwriter and I’ll handle his catalog as such. He had lots of music and he would want the music to be properly released, so that is my goal.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Drake and Chris Brown have sampled Static’s music in recent years. How do you think that has impacted his legacy?
Avonti Garrett: It’s actually amazing. He’s always managed to keep himself relevant. It amazes me every time I hear something because it’s like “There’s Static!”. His music still works in the industry. His music was so classic and it’ll always be heard.
YouKnowIGotSoul: From my understanding, you guys also have a petition set up in Kentucky for a banner? Talk about that.
Avonti Garrett: In Kentucky, we have something called a Hometown Hero. That’s where different people who have come up out of a Louisville and achieved fame, they get to a chance to get their picture on the side of a building. i think the last one was Jennifer Lawrence. It was most between her and Static. She ended up getting it, so I’m hoping this time he’ll have his shot to get that. I’m shooting for that. There is a petition, so that they can at least consider him again. I’m trying to get at least 15,000 people and we’re almost at 4000. Hopefully this time next year we’ll have it. It takes a little time. You can sign the petition here:
YouKnowIGotSoul: Talk about this tribute show you’re putting together.
Avonti Garrett: I just want to remember who he was and where he came from. I’m going to highlight different events in his life like his first time singing as a kid. It was a gospel song and it was actually on Playa‘s debut album “Cheers 2 U”. It’s just going to be different events in his life. Then we’re going to be some local artists that I’ve been working with. I’m going to give them an opportunity to sing some of his music and then I’m going to release his mixtape. After that, get ready for the release of “Suppertime” and some of his other music.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Are you going to be releasing Static’s music independently or through a major label?
Avonti Garrett: We don’t have a major situation set up. It’s all about calculating how to do this. Without Static, we don’t have an actual artist to promote. We’re trying to think of the best way to release it. We’re looking to have the proper stage and marketing for it. That’s what I’m going to be working on now. With the internet now and with streaming, that helps a lot. We’ll see!
YouKnowIGotSoul: Has anyone reached out to you about a documentary about Static’s life?
Avonti Garrett: A lot of people have reached out to me about that. I would definitely like to work on something like that. I had reached out to “Unsung” before and everyone there told me that Static was not unsung. I think he deserves maybe a VH1 documentary or it could be a little more to it. I would definitely love to do it if it’s with the right people.
YouKnowIGotSoul: What do you want people to take away from Static’s music when it comes out?
Avonti Garrett: I think Static with his music, I think he was able to find a certain vibe. I think with music now, the vibe is kind of off to me. We don’t have the richness or fullness of music like the way he used to do it with his harmonies. It’s so microwaved now with all the autotune. Static didn’t record like that. He was a real artist and he was good at what did.
YouKnowIGotSoul: Anything you’d like to add?
Avonti Garrett: I’d like to thank you guys and everybody who has been responsible for keeping his legacy alive. I’m here and as long as I’m here, I’m going to continue what I can do to keep his legacy alive. He left the world some great music and it’s up to me as a wife to make sure that it comes out. I won’t let his legacy die and I’ll keep it going for as long as I can and hopefully when I’m done, his kids will continue with that."


Aaliyah Archives: News

Just a quick update for those who are unaware! Rashad Haughton is officially on instagram y'all! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž So let’s all give him a warm welcome! You can follow his page via @radmax6 πŸ˜„πŸ’• 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” via @djspinderella: “Rest Angel ” | Thank you so much for sharing and thanks @aaliyahalways for the tag! 😘❤

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Static Major's "Hometown Hero" Banner Petition

What's good everyone? As you all know, not only do we look out for Aaliyah fans, we never fail to forget all our Static Major fans out there too! πŸ˜‰ 

Not long ago, I came across another petition to help the late, great Static Major with his very own 'Hometown Hero Banner'. For those who are not familiar, here is a little description of what the organisation is about from their official website which you can visit via...

"The Hometown Heroes program began in 2002 as the sole project of the nonprofit Greater Louisville Pride Foundation (GLPF). Although the original intent of the program was to enhance civic pride by installing a jumbo photographic mural honoring Louisville native Muhammad Ali, it quickly expanded to include the recognition of other athletes with strong roots in the community. Today, the Hometown Heroes program has grown to honor a diverse group of famous Louisvillians from a variety of professions – all of whom have inspired others and represented our community to the rest of the world. The giant vinyl banners, some stretching as high as 60 feet, are essentially works of public art and can be found on buildings throughout the Louisville metro area."

And here is a description of exactly what the petition is asking for...

"Stephen “Static/Major” Garrett was born on November 11, 1974 in Louisville K.Y, a place he was proud to call home. He was a singer songwriter and record producer. Static gained posthumous fame for appearing on Lil Wayne's 2008 album “Tha Carter 3” for the song “Lollipop”. He made his breakthrough working with singer Ginuwine. Static wrote the song “Pony” which became a major hit and a milestone in both Static’s and producer Timbaland’s career. He was also a member of the R&B Trio Playa who’s mostly known for their hit single “Cheers 2 U”.
For well over a decade Static has been an influential factor in the music industry and continues to have an impact with his musical works. His play on words, harmonizing melodies and keen ear for music lead to the release of some of the industry’s greatest hits such as Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat”, Ginuwine’s “Pony” and “So Anxious”, and Lil Wayne’s world-renowned “Lollipop”. His profile includes work with artists such as Aaliyah, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera, Drake, Rihanna, Nas, Jamie Foxx, Al Green and countless other well-known artists.
Static passed at the height of his career on February 25, 2008, due to medical negligence, bringing his life’s work and passion for music to a standstill.
To Pay tribute to the legend the fans would like to get Static his own Louisville Own "Hometown Hero" Banner and we need YOUR help. THE MORE SIGNATURES THE BETTER. LET'S DO IT FOR STATIC. HE DESERVES IT. TRULY A UNSUNG LEGEND."

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” via @genegeter: “Remembering Aaliyah. I met her at Jimmy’s Uptown (Harlem) in May 2001. It was a listening party for the album, Aaliyah. She was very cool and very nice to everyone she met that night. #RIP #Aaliyah #singer #actress #polaroid#listeningparty #JimmysUptown #memories #NY" | Wow this is too dope! Thank you so much for sharing 😩😍❤ And thanks @xxbabygirlaaliyahxx for the tag! 😘❤

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” via @mike_bennett_infinite: “Wow…#aaliyah 16yrs since the lossπŸ˜”” | Such a beautiful gem! Thank you so much for sharing! πŸ™πŸ’š

Aaliyah: Tommy Hilfiger Commercial in HQ

πŸ” via @xxbabygirlaaliyahxx: “Been waiting till #Aaliyah’s anniversary to post this precious gem but IG wouldn’t allow me. 😩 So here it is, the HQ version of BG’s ’@tommyhilfiger’ Commercial. ❤️πŸ’™ Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did as I was scrolling through old VCR’s and watching videos… and say that this was recorded too. I was in complete shock that I missed it after all these years. Enjoy watching and hearing the original Tommy Girl’s beautiful voice and beauty in this quality. πŸ’žπŸ™πŸ’« I don’t know how she did it… slaying without makeup and her hair wasn’t even done. So damn natural! 😍 I can only imagine how dope it would be if they release all of her footage/interviews in HQ too!" | What a gem! 😩😍❤ Thank you so much for sharing all these gems sis! As well as all the tags! I truly appreciate that! πŸ™πŸ’š I also asked her if I was able to share this via my Youtube page, which she happily agreed to (thanks once again πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜❤️), as I've not come across such a high quality version anywhere in terms of audio, as well as seeing the commercial it's full entirety! So without further a due, sit back, relax and watch the video below! Enjoy! 😎

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” @browniegreen420: “I meant to post this last week, my apologies..however on August 25, 2001…the entertainment world lost a beautiful soul…Aaliyah may be gone from this Earth but she’s singing in Heaven. Miss you baby girl!! #aaliyah #ripaaliyah #aaliyah #queenofthedamned #romeomustdie” | Thank you so much for sharing and thanks @aaliyahforeva22 for the tag! 😊😘❤

Aaliyah: Fiji, 1998 (Rare Photo)

πŸ” via @eliane.nicole: “Aaliyah and me in the beautiful ocean in Fiji. This was such a special trip. She rarely vacationed because she worked constantly since she was a very young girl, so it was so nice and very rare for her to have this downtime with friends. We were there for 3 weeks from December 1997, to January 1998. We rang in the new year in Fiji. Her loyal fans always hit me up asking me to share pix of her. It is so wonderful how much they love her and keep her memory alive on social media even 16 years after her passing. She never saw Facebook, IG, any of it, but I know she would be so tickled by it all and touched that her fans do daily posts and are so reverent in keeping her legacy alive! ❤️❤️#beautifulmemories #babygirl #Aaliyah” | Thank you so much for sharing with us all! πŸ™πŸ’š Love seeing Aaliyah in her braids! 😩😍❤

Aaliyah: Southfield High School, Southfield Michigan, 1995 (Rare Photo)

πŸ” via @atlien77: “My #FBFmoment is to #aaliyah 95 in Southfield Michigan I remember @iamchachiiii bringing her to our homecoming and she was just like everyone describes her sweet down to earth #BabyGirl she chopped it up with the freshman class! It’s was one of the coolest moments ever!!! Homecoming 95 #SouthfieldHighSchool” | Thank you so much for sharing your memories as well as a beautiful photo! πŸ™πŸ’š

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” via @themrkingalex: “In NYC at her hotel waiting outside. I don’t recall how many times I met her or where. I was young and everything is like a blur. Yes, she was very nice. I loved her last album too. I felt like she would’ve been bigger than BeyoncΓ©.” She had really great music but she got screwed by the people around her." | Ok I’m officially jealous now! How blessed were you to meet such an angel! πŸ˜©πŸ™πŸ’š Thank you for sharing!

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” via @themrkingalex: “I had the pleasure of meeting her. She was so lovely. I have 3 photos with her. 2 were in 1 day and 1 another time. It was literally 2/3 months before she passed. Right when the last album came out and Romeo Must Die movie. It was like right before the Rock The Boat video.” | Awww looks her smile! 😩😍❤ Thank you for sharing with us all! πŸ™πŸ’š

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” via @themrkingalex: “She was a really nice person. She has always stopped for pics there’s a few others times I saw her but didn’t wanna bother her. She was like ‘it’s okay do y'all want pics?’ I’m like 'oh, it’s okay, thank you.’ Now I’m like fuck I should’ve took more but I’m glad to have met her” | Woww what an adorable picture! I love this! 😩😍❤ Thank you for sharing! πŸ™πŸ’š

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” via @gobe_vinyl Thank you so much for sharing and thanks once again @xxbabygirlaaliyahxx for all the tags! 😘❤ 

Aaliyah: Disco at Bret Ratners House, 2000

πŸ” @eliane.nicole: “I think I posted this one before but I love it so it’s worth a repost. Here we are at the disco at Bret Ratner’s house, must be summer 2000. Pictured here:Me, @kidadajonesog , Aaliyah, @nicolerichie, and Nicole’s friend. Anniversaries really have a way of making you travel down memory lane. So many beautiful fun memories with Aaliyah. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ btw that’s Adam 12 (@adambravin ) in the circle in the background in the DJ booth tearing it up on the ones and twos. I can’t even describe how he used to rock it at those discos. Aaliyah loved to dance the night away until sunrise, we all did. The party didn’t start until midnight. Some of the most fun parties in the history of LA parties at the Rat disco that summer. Oh the stories I have. And it was pre social media and tabloids so we could do whatever we wanted! #RIPAaliyah #babygirl” | Thank you so much for sharing your memories as well as this beautiful photo! You’re very lucky to have personally known Aaliyah and shared those fun times with her! πŸ™πŸ’š

Aaliyah: Me, Myself & Irene Premiere, June 15th, 2000 (Rare Photo)

πŸ” via @eliane.nicole: “Love this one - pictured here from left to right: @_aliwise, @bijouphillips, Aaliyah, me, @jenmeyerjewelry and @muscularcalves . We were at the after party of the Austin Powers premiere. I believe it was The Spy Who Shagged Me in June 1999. Carnival games and dancing the night away once again! πŸ’ƒπŸΎ πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸΏπŸ’ƒπŸΌSo much fun!! Missing Aaliyah terribly on the anniversary of her ascension. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #babygirl✨" | Gotta love these candid moments! 😩😍❤ Thank you so much for sharing and thanks @xxbabygirlaaliyahxx for the tag! 😘❤ This is how I love to remember Aaliyah, her laugh, her smile and being around her friends and loved ones! πŸ™πŸ’š 

Monday, 4 September 2017

Aaliyah: Rare Photo

πŸ” via @spicyqbin: "Hanging out in the early 2000s, NBD. #aaliyah #rip #fbf" | What a gorgeous pic! Her ombre hair is everything here 😩😍❤ Thank you so much for sharing and thanks @xxbabygirlaaliyahxx for the tag! 😘❤ (SN: Sorry I’ve not been posting as much everyone, been going through some personal issues outside of this, so thank you for understanding! πŸ™πŸ’š)

Natane & Aaliyah: Rare Photo

Natane & Aaliyah at P.Diddy’s 4th July After PartyπŸ˜‡❤ Big shout out to @ygn.cartoonistkeyta for capturing this gem before Natane deleted it after! πŸ™ŠπŸ’•

Aaliyah: Teen Choice Awards, 2000 (Rare Photo)

πŸ” via @weloveaaliyahhaughton at the Teen Choice Awards! Thank you for sharing sis! πŸ™πŸ’š 

Aaliyah: WAMO-FM Radio Station, Pittsburgh, 1996 (Rare Photo)

πŸ” via @favouritethingsbyazzizz: “#Aaliyah visiting WAMO-FM radio station in Pittsburgh, 1996. Credit to Mark Gunn.” | Thank you for sharing sis! ❤