Hip-hop pioneer DJ Kay Slay dies of COVID-19 at age 55
Hip-hop pioneer DJ Kay Slay dies of COVID-19 at age 55

Hip-hop pioneer DJ Kay Slay dies of COVID-19 at age 55

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Pioneering hip-hop artist Keith Grayson, who performed as DJ Kay Slay and worked with top stars, has died of complications from COVID-19.

Grayson’s death at the age of 55 on Sunday was confirmed by his family in a statement released by New York radio station HOT 97, where he hosted “The Drama Hour” for more than two decades.

“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,” the family statement said.

Grayson grew up in Harlem, immersed in New York City’s early hip hop scene. He started as a teenage graffiti artist and starred in the 1983 hip-hop documentary “Style Wars”.

He started selling bootleg mixtapes on street corners in the early 90’s and released his first studio album, “The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1,” in May 2003. Grayson released several more albums and worked with the likes of Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes.

“Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Slay,” the station said in a statement.

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