DJ Kay Slay has died after a battle with COVID-19.
The enduring New York DJ, whose actual title was Keith Grayson, handed away Sunday night (April 17), 4 months after contracting the lethal virus. He was 55.
“Our hearts are damaged by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally often known as DJ Kay Slay,” his household stated in a press release. “A dominant determine in hip-hop tradition with tens of millions of followers worldwide, DJ Kay Slay can be remembered for his ardour and excellence with a legacy that may transcend generations.”
Sizzling 97, the New York radio station the place Kay Slay labored for over twenty years internet hosting his “Drama Hour” radio present, additionally mourned the tragic loss. “Sizzling 97 is shocked and saddened by the lack of our beloved DJ Kay Slay,” learn a press release. “We cherish the various reminiscences created by means of the twenty-plus years he devoted to the ‘Drama Hour.’ A cultural icon, Kay Slay was greater than only a DJ, to us he was household and a significant a part of what made Sizzling 97 the profitable station it's right this moment.”
Kay Slay, also referred to as the “Drama King,” was a fixture in hip-hop together with his Streetsweeper collection, which began in 2003 and featured artists together with Nas, 50 Cent, Cunning Brown, and Eminem. In December, he launched his remaining album, The Soul Controller, that includes Snoop Dogg, The Sport, Busta Rhymes, Fats Joe, and Too $hort.
Again in January, it was reported that Kay Slay was hospitalized for the coronavirus and was positioned on a ventilator.
The hip-hop neighborhood honored him with heartfelt tributes on social media. “Relaxation In Peace Ok slay God bless you,” wrote 50 Cent, whereas Snoop added, “Thank. U. @djkayslay for being u god bless ya soul. say hello to my mama.”
T.I. acknowledged the Drama King’s influence on his profession. “Relaxation Straightforward Large Canine!!! A real pioneer & architect of the tradition,” he stated. “The first DJ in NY to let me freestyle on his mixtape & welcome me to town. Glad we had an opportunity to cut it up & kick it over the telephone once more final December. Was at all times honored to spit for you. Love & Respect King.”