Sad news this Sunday: Elroy Boogie, a member of popular Houston DJ collective the Kracker Nuttz who had been battling cancer for the past few months, passed away earlier today, 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."
In tribute to Elroy, who was only 27, Rocks Off is reposting our profile that ran as part of our Rocks Off 100 series this past February. Our condolences to his many friends and family; we will pass along his memorial information as soon as we learn.
Who? 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 Filipino 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."
Home Base: Elroy says he practices in his living room in the Montrose, but "you can catch performing me everywhere."
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," opens Elroy. "But I had my set up 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. But then, after DJng 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.
The story continues on the next page.
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."
5 Desert Island Discs:
- Mountain Brothers, "Galaxies"
- Dee-Lite, "Groove Is In the Heart"
- Jamiroquai, "Virtual Insanity"
- Toro y Moi, "Saturday Love"
- Stephen Marley, "Traffic Jam"
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Best Show Ever: "The last Redbull Thr3style at Fitz," says Boogie.