Thursday, March 26, 2009

William "Boogie Knight" / "Kid Delight" Stroman, R.I.P.


I didn’t intend to post anything hip-hop related in this blog, but I was doing some research on The Boogie Boys (known for their 1985 hit “A Fly Girl”) and stumbled across a number of touching posts by people who knew the group’s central figure, William Darrell Stroman, a.k.a. “Boogie Knight” / “Kid Delight” on wax, then “Delight” / “9×Delight” / “Boogie Knight Kid Delight”. Stroman was murdered on October 9, 2001.

Everyone who wrote about him had such good things to say about him. If you have a minute, spend some time reading at these sites and get to know him.
  • July 2001 interview with William Stroman.
  • October 2001 announcement of Stroman's passing, posted by DJ Yoda (Crash Crew/Zulu Nation).
  • 2004 Boogie Boys / William Stroman mini-bio by DJ Yoda in a message board thread.
  • 2005 remembrance / memorial post by a friend/Army buddy of Stroman. The comments on that post contained further remembrances by more friends, ex-girlfriends, and others who loved him, so I used to recommend that people who knew him post there, so the comments would all be in one place and more easily found in searches. But as of late 2013, all of the comments on that blog have disappeared, and the comments on that particular post weren't saved by archive.org, so please feel free to just post here. It may take me a while to make sure your comment is not spam, but I certainly won't delete anything.
  • 2007 Boogie Boys bio
To hear Boogie Knight in action, check out this trio of Boogie Boys 12″ singles ( pw: 3BoogieBoys12s ), containing:
  • Rappin Ain’t No Thing – which has an ultra-old-school (1981) party vibe
  • A Fly Girl – their big hit
  • You Ain’t Fresh

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seriously, Boogie was one of the best humans ever. I'm am serious, he was talented with beats, lyrics but more importantly as a human and from a socially conscious and honesty standpoint, he was awesome. Sadly the last time I saw him was after about a 15 year gap (I'd gone away to do a move) and when we saw each other it was like no time passed at all. He picked me up in the air (and he's much shorter than me) and was like "Yo where you been bro" I was really in deep respect of him. Within awhile, unknown to him, I was writing some beats and video ventures that I'd hoped to do with him. Suddenly from Mike C that he was murdered. What a loss, he was a genius, and I really considered him a friend, a brother and an angel. RIP bro.

Truth Human said...

Boogie Knight was a gentleman, a creative genius and a real friend. I thank Mike C/Crash Crew for the initial introduction, and am blessed to have spent time with Boogie. I remember meeting his mother after his death, and thinking: "Boogie is just like his mother, polite, eloquent and smart."

Hoping boogie is still rocking vibes and still kicking grooves with all the "Fly Girls" in heaven.

Spice

Anonymous said...

Still missed and thought about all these years later... Much love to you baby.

Ron Avent said...

To my man Boogie..You were always on the up and up..that year n a half we were roomdogs at the Griff were always good and positive times..I never could understand why someone as talented as you had to deal wit the Force to do ur music but it shows how vicious the game has always been.Rest in peace my little brother..I will never forget you..Your brother always Ron



Anonymous said...

Wow! ''RIP'' Boogie Knight i grew up on his music and this is new news to me...sorry to hear this