Elroy Boogie, a member of popular Houston DJ collective the Kracker Nuttz who had been battling cancer for the past few months, passed away August 18, according to a statement on Kracker Nuttz co-founder DJ BabyJae's Facebook page.
"I am truly at a loss for words," BabyJae said. "A genuine soul taken too soon. We are all lucky to have had you in our lives. I will sincerely miss you my friend, my brother. Until we see each other again."
Elroy, whose given name was Roy Samano, was only 27 years old. The following profile originally appeared in February as part of our Rocks Off 100 series.
Elroy Boogie, of the Almighty Kracker Nuttz, is also a principal of popular Boondocks night Top Notch and NanaChill, the party/collective he runs with Dayta. The Philippines native says he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996 and Houston a year later, and as a DJ, has been "killing the game since 2007."
Why Do You Stay in Houston?
"Friends and family," he says. "I've put in a lot of work in this city we call The 'H.' I love this place."
Describe Your DJ Style
"I'm gonna make you dance, I'm gonna make you move, I'm gonna make you sing," Elroy gushes. And (wait for it...) "I'm gonna make you boogie!"
Good War Story
"The first time I did the H-Town Sneaker Summit, I wasn't actually even booked for that gig," Elroy opens his story. "But I had my setup in the car. DJ Cipher [OG Krackernuttz] was the DJ in the main room for the event, and it was seven hours long.
"I knew for sure he wasn't going to DJ all seven hours, so I started setting up and nobody said anything. Cipher went on and just basically murdered his set," he continues. "But then, after DJ-ing for at least three hours, he looked at me and gave me the go-ahead. Now I'm the H-Town Sneaker Summit official DJ and have been for four years now."
Music Scene Pet Peeve
"I hate it when new artists or DJs don't put in work," he says. "They expect to get all the gigs but don't pay the dues."
Rappers and death-metal musicians we have known, sorta.
JESSE SENDEJAS JR.
Here's a thing that could happen: Maybe you are in a restaurant ordering dinner when suddenly there's a flurry of activity among the waitstaff and a buzz among the patrons. You just came in for a bowl of pho...and so did Jay Z. (Guess who's getting his meal first.)
In all our oohing and aahing over music celebrities, we sometimes forget they are also human and occasionally may wish to step out for dinner or a drink or to shop or to attend church or to do some other thing that is part of real life.
When this happens, everyone breaks out a cameraphone because that is a thing now, having a phone that's not connected to a wall by a wire but that also fits in your pocket and takes photographs, too.
Recently I got to wondering how often this happens to people I know. So I reached out to my small circle of friends on Facebook and Twitter to ask about their chance encounters with famous musicians.
My survey was highly unscientific, but it yielded both a very obvious and unexpected result. It would seem that hip-hop artists are the most approachable and willing to hang out with us regular folks.
This indeed turned out to be the case, at least among my friends and family. Pretty much everyone who responded had a story about some rapper they kicked it with — except for an awesome story my friend Jacob shared about a Swedish death-metal band.
"I hung out and smoked cigarettes with the guys from Twiztid when they played the Engine Room back in 2005," he recalls.
I found this a bit weird. Jacob has very diverse music tastes, but I never pegged him as someone who would be at a Twiztid show, much less chain-smoking Camels with the band.
"We talked horror movies, I got autographs and then had to head home," he says.
Geoff is another friend, also with a broad musical palate. He has met some legends like Black Flag founding member Chuck Dukowski and MDC's Dave Dictor, both of whom were fantastic, down-to-earth people, Geoff says. And so were the A$AP Mob members he met last year.
"I met two of the guys from that group that A$AP Rocky started at the last Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin," he says. "I was watching Kreayshawn to kill some time, and Ty Beats and another member of A$AP asked if I had more of what I was smoking, 'cause it smelled good."