At least one of last night’s big Grammy honorees couldn’t be there: late songwriter Steve “Static Major” Garrett, who posthumously shared the Best Rap Song award for Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop.” Static penned tons of now-classic R&B, hip-hop, and pop tunes before his untimely death last year, many of them in collaboration with Timbaland. His Grammy win is a reminder of how much he’ll be missed. Check out the four-part oral history of Static’s life that Vibe put together in December or a recent profile in his hometown paper if you’re looking for a fuller picture of the man behind the music. Or just pay tribute by listening to one of his most brilliant creations, Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?”, below. How will you remember Static Major?
Posted February 9 2009 — 4:16 PM EST
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