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Aaliyah Archives: Da Bassment Interview Part 2

So y'all know I had to do a special blog post for the late, great Static Major. On the 11th of this month marked his 40th Birthday. So as a special tribute, we shall be giving you part 2 of Da Bassment interview courtesy of Trevor Banks who happened to kindly share this. It was also Devante's idea to keep us feenin' for more! ;) So if you missed the first part of the interview you can check it out here. Happy reading everyone! :o)

DA BASSMENT PT.2 Interview...

1. When was the first time you tasted success?

Static Major: Man Ummm.. When I first tasted success was after me being in the game for 6 or 7 years. At that point it started feeling like a job.

2. Now are you going to try and get into a competition with R. Kelly?

Static Major: Yeah .. definitely. I feel like he really is my only competition. I'm not taking anything away from the newbies coming up, but they aren't as seasoned as i am. Most artists call me up to write or do the song for them. Myself, I'm self contained, and it don't really matter who does a track for me whether its Timbaland, Scott Storch,Jim Jonsin ,or a no name producer. At the end of the day it boils down to just doing the track.

3. What happened with Blackground as far as Playa's second album is concerned?

Smoke E Digglera: We never did sign with Blackground. Blackground was our management. We were signed to Def Jam on our first album. We ended up getting off of Def Jam, and from there we started working on the new album with the aspirations of getting signed to another label. We felt like it wouldn't be a huge problem getting signed again. Blackground probably would of signed us as a group, but we never got around to that. I mean , we did work on an album, but Playa ended up going on the road with the Ladies Night Out Tour. After that, everyone started working on their solo albums. 

4. Why was there a fallout with Da Bassment. Was it because DeVante was trying to be an artist, producer, songwriter and a CEO at the same time?

Bazaar Royale (Da Boogieman) : I really don't know, I was too young to know what was happening. To me, everything was moving along just fine as far as I could see. Didn't really know the business aspect of it. But I did have fun.

5. Did you record any joints back then?

Bazaar Royale ( Da Boogieman): Yeah, I had a few joints out back then. We recorded all the time. Da Bassment was our job, and we were like on some Motown shit, for real.

6. I heard if DeVante was to walk in the building you had to have something hot cookin?

Digital Black (of Playa): Most definitely...There was always something dope going on, cuz everybody was talented. You might go in one room, Stevie J would be cookin something. Go in another room, Timbaland, Sugah, Magoo ect.. would be cookin something. Come in our room, Playa would be cookin something, Everybody was getting on each other's tracks. Missy & Timbaland were way ahead of their time. It was a great situation to be in for all of us...

And there you have it! To view the rest of Bank's article, with a special Tribute mix show of Aaliyah, you can find it here via

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