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NYC Legend DJ Kay Slay Dies At 55 Following COVID-19 Battle

Written by on April 18, 2022

New York Metropolis hip hop legend DJ Kay Slay has died on the age of 55 following a prolonged battle with COVID-19. The enduring DJ handed away on Easter after being hospitalized for 4 months.

Slay first made a reputation for himself as a graffiti artist beneath the tag title “Dez,” earlier than gaining recognition as a DJ in NYC’s mixtape scene. In 2003, his main label debut, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, reached No. four on Billboard’s Prime R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He would additionally go on to host The Drama Hour on Scorching 97.

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“Our hearts are damaged by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally referred to as DJ Kay Slay,” Scorching 97 stated in an announcement. “A dominant determine in hip-hop tradition with hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will probably be remembered for his ardour and excellence with a legacy that can transcend generations. In reminiscence of DJ Kay Slay, our household needs to thank all of his mates, followers, and supporters for his or her prayers and properly needs throughout this troublesome time. We ask that you just respect our privateness as we grieve this tragic loss.”

Hip Hop promoter Van Silk mirrored on Slay’s passing in an announcement supplied to HipHopDX: “Hip Hop misplaced an actual gem. My pricey brother is gone. I’ve recognized him since he was 16 years previous. He was my little brother. I launched him to many and we did lots of issues collectively. We final talked December as a result of we had been ending up the 200 rolling deep venture. He was gonna do his video half with MC Sha-Rock. From the mixtapes to serving to him launch Straight Stuntin‘ journal and the entire What The Science venture, the world not solely misplaced an actual devoted particular person to the tradition of Hip Hop however a supply of bridging the hole in Hip Hop. I’m gonna miss my little brother.”

Wack 100 was the primary to reveal that Slay had been hospitalized, again in January.

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