DJ Kay Slay has died after being hospitalized more than four months ago for COVID-19.
DJ Kay Slay, whose real name was Keith Grayson, was 55 years old, NME reported.
The Grayson family issued a statement to Hot 97 stating:
“Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay. DJ Kay Slay is a dominant figure in hip-hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, and DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence. with a legacy that will transcend generations.In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family would like to thank all his friends, fans and followers for their prayers and best wishes during this difficult time.We ask you to respect our privacy while mourning this tragic loss.”
The radio station said DJ Kay Slay was “a vital part of what made HOT 97 the successful station it is today.”
Grayson was known as “Drama King” and died Sunday, Vibe reported.
DJ Kay Slay got his start as a graffiti artist under the tag “Dez.” His rise to fame was documented in the 1983 documentary “Style Wars”. Hot 97 reported. He began using the monk “Kay Slay” in the late 1990s when producing mixtapes. He signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released his first album “The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1” in 2003, which reached # 4 on Billboard’s Top R & B / Hip-Hop Albums chart, Vibe reported.
The follow-up album, “The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2” was released in 2004 and reached number 10.
Over the course of his career, DJ Kay Slay has worked with top hip-hop artists such as Nas, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes and Foxy Brown, according to Hot 97.
His latest album, “The Soul Controller”, was released in December, just before he was admitted, VIBE reported.
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