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(Originally: A Touch Of Class)
Smoke E. Digglera (A.K.A. Smokey) (Born Juwan Peacock, February 15, 1977 in Louisville, KY)
Digital Black (A.K.A. Black) (Born Benjamin Bush)
Static/Major (A.K.A. Static) (Born Stephen Ellis Garrett, November 11, 1974 in Louisville, KY – Died February 25, 2008 in Louisville, KY)

See Also: Jodeci, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Timbaland, Aaliyah & Tweet

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Playa - Cheers 2 U
Digital Black - Memoirs Of A R&B Thug
Digital Black - The Autobiography Of Benjamin Bush

Also Featured On...
Aaliyah (Static)
David Banner - MTA2: Baptized In Dirty Water (Static)
Blue Streak
Dangerous Minds (Static)
Destiny's Child - Love:Destiny (Static)
Dr. Dolittle
Exit Wounds
How To Be A Player
K-Ci & JoJo - X (Static)
Lil' Eazy-E - Prince Of The West Coast (Static Major)
Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III (Static Major)
Nappy Roots - Wooden Leather (Black)
Romeo Must Die
Keith Sweat - Still In The Game
Timbaland - Tim's Bio: From The Motion Picture: Life From Da Basement
Twista - Category F5 (Static Major)

Bio From Wikipedia
Playa is an American R&B trio. Composed of Smoke E. Digglera (also known as Smokey), Digital Black (also known as Black), and the late Static Major, Playa is best known for their 1998 hit album, Cheers 2 U, produced by longtime collaborator Timbaland. Static is notable for being a successful songwriter of hit singles and album tracks for artists such as Ginuwine, Aaliyah, Truth Hurts, and Brandy.

The three members of Playa all originate from Louisville, Kentucky, and formed while the guys were still in high school. Smokey and Digital Black met through a mutual friend who thought the guys would sound good together, while Smokey and Static met in church while performing in a gospel group. Alongside other guys, the three men that would eventually form Playa created a group called A Touch of Class.

As A Touch of Class, the men impressed DeVante by performing a cappella versions of Jodeci songs backstage after a concert in 1991/1992. The guys were then signed onto DeVante's Swing Mob label with Elektra Records in 93/94. Magazines such as Vibe or The Source attribute the signing to Static's close friendship with the boss and producers of the DeVante Recording Label. The group finally became Playa after DeVante heard the guys sing and called them "lil playas."

Other members of Swing Mob were young hopefuls such as Missy Elliott, Timbaland & Magoo, Ginuwine, Tweet, and Renee Anderson. By 1996, most of the Swing Mob artists--Playa included--had left DeVante for better luck elsewhere. They participated in the production of Jodeci's The Show, The After Party, The Hotel album in 1995. During this time, the men of Playa learned production and built up a catalogue of material that would later be released as part of their Cheers 2 U album.

In 1998, Playa released their album, Cheers 2 U. The album featured production by Timbaland and had two singles. The album's first single, "Don't Stop The Music" reached #26 on the R&B charts, while the second single, "Cheers 2 U" reached #10.

Static/Major's Bio From Wikipedia
Stephen Ellis Garrett (November 11, 1974 – February 25, 2008), better known as his stage name Static Major, was a Grammy Award winning, American R&B singer, pop singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer from Louisville, Kentucky. He was also a member of the R&B trio Playa. Static Major gained posthumous fame for appearing in Lil' Wayne's 2008 hit "Lollipop". Static Major was a producer of songs from several artists. Such artists he has helped produce songs for Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Pretty Ricky. Static Major died suddenly before Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop" was released in his album, Tha Carter III in which he was featured.

Static started his producing career when he signed with American record label Blackground Records. Major make a breakthrough working working with R&B singer Ginuwine. Major helped produce the song "Pony" which become a major hit and a milestone in both, Major's and Timbaland's careers. He later became a member of the Def Jam group Playa, who were most known for their hit single "Cheers 2 U." Playa released an album of the same name in 1997. After working with Ginuwine, Static assisted producing the songs for Aaliyah called "Are You That Somebody?", which featured in the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack, "More Than a Woman,” “We Need a Resolution,” "Rock the Boat”,"Loose Rap", and the # 1 single "Try Again" during his time working with late R&B star Aaliyah. Static was frequently a collaborator with R&B group Pretty Ricky, working with them on several songs including "Juicy" off their 2005 album Bluestars. His most recent work producing music was Lil' Wayne's “Lollipop” from the album Tha Carter III. Suppertime is the solo album that Static Major was reportedly set to release on OG Music/Blackground this year. "I stay in the streets, that’s where I draw my inspiration," Static Major said describing where he gets his inspiration. "If it can’t be played in the hood, then it just doesn’t work for me. And nobody can hold me on harmony. My whole aura is not your typical R&B aura."

Static Major lived just south of Louisville with his wife, Avonti; their three children, Stephen E. Garrett Jr., Donald A. Jackson III., and Makari A. Garrett, and his niece Alexis R. Garrett. Static Major died at the age of 33.

Smoke E. Digglera's Bio From Wikipedia
Smoke E. Digglera was born Jawann Peacock on February 15, 1977 in Louisville, Kentucky. At an early age, he showed a strong interest in music. He began composing music after receiving a keyboard as a Christmas present. He eventually taught himself how to play the piano. In the early 90s he became a member of a group known as Playa. After an impromptu performance for Jodeci member, Devante Swing, Playa joined the ranks of many other up-and-coming musicians known collectively as "Da Bassment". These musicians included Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Tweet, and Timbaland and Magoo; many of which made a cameo appearance in Jodeci's Love U 4 Life video and Devante's Gin and Juice remix.

Despite the hard work that was put into the music that they created, Playa left Da Bassment upon the departure of the other musical acts mainly due to an increasingly hostile environment caused by Devante. In the mid-90s, Playa reunited with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Ginuwine to form their own version of the da bassment, which was sometimes referred to as "the supafriends". The supafriends consisted of Playa, Ginuwine, Timbaland and Magoo, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, and Nicole Wray. On March 24, 1998, Playa's first and only album, Cheers 2 U was released under the Def Soul label. Then known as "Smokey", Smoke E. produced and co-wrote the majority of the album's material. Creative differences with the Def Soul label left Playa in a bad position. After 1998, all of the new songs recorded by the group were contributions to various soundtracks such as Dr. Dolittle, Exit Wounds, Blue Streak and Romeo Must Die. It is rumored that another album was either recorded or was in the process of being recorded. Playa did release their third single "Never Too Late" from this rumored album in 2003.

Each of the members of Playa decided to try his hand at a solo career as opposed to trying to pursue music as a group. Smoke established his own record label and has released two independent albums as of 2008. He is, currently, finishing his 3rd album, The Truth In The Booth. He also signed G.No aka The Latin Bird, a French artist with a background in Italian and Spanish as well as French. The two are working on G.No aka The Latin Bird's album, due out in 2008.

Smoke recently appeared at an event in Louisville to honor his late friend/Playa bandmate Static Major.

Official Sites: MySpace, Static/Major's MySpace, Digital Black's MySpace, Another Digital Black's MySpace, Smoke E. Digglera's MySpace, Smoke E. Digglera's Facebook, Smoke E. Digglera's YouTube, Smoke E. Digglera's ReverbNation & Smoke E. Digglera's Fuckin' Twitter

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