Playa was an American R&B/hip-hop trio. Composed of Smoke E.
Digglera (also known as Smokey), Digital Black (also known as Black),
and the late Static Major (also known as Stacks), Playa is best known
for their 1998 hit album, "Cheers 2 U", produced by longtime
collaborator Timbaland. Static was notable for being a successful
songwriter of hit singles and album tracks for artists such as Ginuwine,
Aaliyah, Truth Hurts, Lil Wayne and Brandy.
Originally rappers, 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.
 Joining Swing Mob
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."
 Part of Swing Mob
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.
 Cheers 2 U
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.
1998: Cheers 2 U
2003: Never Too Late (shelved)
1998: "Don’t Stop the Music"
1998: "Cheers 2 U"
1998: "I Gotta Know" (featuring Foxy Brown, from the How to Be a
1999: "Your Dress" (from the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack)
2000: "Woozy" (from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack)
2001: "Incense Burning"
2003: "Never Too Late"
 Soundtrack and compilation contributions
1997: "Joy", from Welcome to Our World by Timbaland & Magoo
1997: "Smoke In 'Da Air", from Welcome to Our World by Timbaland & Magoo
1998: "Birthday", from Tim's Bio: From The Motion Picture: Life from
Da Bassment by Timbaland
1998: "Your Dress", from the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack
1999: "Playboy Like Me", from the Blue Streak soundtrack
2000: "Woozy" from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack
2001: "Incense Burning" from the Exit Wounds soundtrack