It was the first hip hop group that signed with Capitol/EMI Records, and it had a major hit in America in 1985 with the single “A Fly Girl” and several successful albums.
In 1988, Rudy Sheriff left the group and, soon after, it disbanded.
Boogie Knight (William Stroman)
Romeo JD (Joe Malloy)
Lil’ Rahiem (Rudy Sheriff)
Kool Ski (Keith Short)
This Harlem based group has an often misunderstood history.
The Boogie Boys originally are Keith Short (Kool Ski) and William Stroman (Boogie Knight).
They battled Pernellio and Crew at the popular IS 201 128th and Madison Avenue to get their first record deal with Mike and Dave Records.
The song was called “Rappin Aint No Thang” and was mixed live by Crash Crew D.J. Darryl C with three records (Eagles, Johnny The Fox and E.U. Freeze).
Following this song (which was #1 locally in NYC) they quickly became Manhattan’s top duo performing various clubs including Harlem World, Celebrity Club, Audubon Ballroom, T-Connection, Disco Connection and Ecstacy Garage Disco.
They landed a record deal on Capitol Records with producer Ted Currier who had just produced the monster hit “Atomic Dog” by funk legend George Clinton.
Their first single on Capitol “Breakdancer/Zodiac” landed them an album deal.
This is when things get a bit mixed up.
Ted Currier and Kool Ski could not see eye to eye and that left Boogie Knight with an album deal by himself while he was in the Air Force.
The album was eventually completed and including the song “Fly Girl”.
Ted Currier was a well known remixer and had done previous work for WBLS and WKTU.
At this point Currier placed Lil Rahiem and Romeo JD into the group.
From there he asked HUSH productions to manage Boogie Boys as a favor since HUSH had an excellent relationship with Capitol Records.
The songs “Fly Girl” and “You Ain’t Fresh” were so popular that people to this day swear that Rahiem and Romeo are the originators.
This group from Harlem entered the scene with “A Fly Girl” in 1985.
The song was quite successful, but the group never again hit big.
They also put out “Rappin’ Ain’t No Thang” on Mike & Dave Records.
They also made the ‘City Life’ LP in 1985.
They released an LP called “Survival of the Freshest” in 1986.
Later on, Romeo produced many tracks for the Freestyle/Disco group Sweet Sensation that featured a lot of drum layering and a Latin influence.
Their last album “Romeo Knight” came out in early 1988.
Sadly William Stroman had just completed a solo project under the name (9x)Delight when he passed away in October 2001.
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