Hip-Hop Icon Keith Grayson, Known As DJ Kay Slay, Passes Away At Age 55

Keith Grayson, higher recognized within the leisure business and tradition as DJ Kay Slay, has reportedly handed away at age 55. The legendary New York City DJ handed away on Easter after he battled Covid-19 for 4 months.

Harlem-raised DJ Kay Slay carved out his personal lane, making a reputation for himself for the reason that genesis of Hip-Hop within the early Eighties as a graffiti artist named “Dez.”

Throughout his distinctive profession path, the road artist turned DJ and producer gave standard hits their stamp on his personal collaborative tasks that includes notable rappers like Dave East, Styles P, and likewise Benny the Butcher. Kay Slay’s main label debut in 2003, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1 reached quantity 4 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The well-known disc jockey constructed a decades-long dwelling at New York City’s inaugural hip-hop radio station Hot 97. Kay Slay additionally ran the hip-hop journal (*55*) Stuntin’. The Drama King had a variety of artwork to provide and undoubtedly gave his all.

DJ Kay Slay Passes Away After Long Battle With Covid-19

Back in January, Wack 100 took to Instagram to provide a grave replace on DJ Kay Slay’s well being. There’d been earlier experiences of him battling COVID-19. At the time, Wack 100 shared a photograph of his buddy with a caption calling for prayers.

“Pray for my brotha @djkayslay It’s not looking good,” Wack wrote. “He might be mad at me for this those that know Slay but he needs all the support he can get.  Been 14 days fighting Covid and he’s just [been] put on a ventilator. Keep him in your prayers Please.”


Wack’s newest replace on DJ Kay Slay’s well being got here just a few days in the past by way of one other photograph publish of the Drama King.

UPDATE @djkayslay still fighting. He’s been off the ECMO machine for couple weeks now. Let’s continue our prayers as our brother continues to fight,” Wack 100 wrote

Family, pals, and followers will enormously miss DJ Kay Slay. The Grayson household and Hot 97 launched separate statements on his passing early Monday by way of Hot 97. 

Statement From The Grayson Family

“Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay,” the assertion learn. “A dominant figure in Hip Hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations.”

They continued, “In reminiscence of DJ Kay Slay, our household needs to thank all of his pals, followers, and supporters for his or her prayers and effectively needs throughout this tough time.

We ask that you just respect our privateness as we grieve this tragic loss.”

Statement From Hot 97 

“Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Slay.”

We cherish the various reminiscences created by the twenty-plus years he devoted to the “Drama Hour.”

“A cultural icon, The Streetsweeper Kay Slay was more than just a DJ, to us he was family and a vital part of what made Hot 97 the successful station it is today.”

“Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans worldwide, and we will always and forever celebrate The Drama King’s legacy.”


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