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DJ Kay Slay, Influential New York Rapper, Dies at 55


Keith Grayson, often called DJ Kay Slay, died on Easter Sunday at 55 years previous following a tumultuous battle with COVID-19.

Grayson had been combating COVID-19 for 4 months. The Solar reported that he had succumbed to the virus’ problems after being hospitalized and placed on a ventilator in December. The New York rapper’s passing was confirmed to the New York Publish in an announcement from his household.

“Our hearts are damaged by the passing of Keith Grayson,” the Grayson household says. “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 may 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 nicely needs throughout this tough time. We ask that you simply respect our privateness as we grieve this tragic loss.”

Born on August 14, 1996, in New York Metropolis, Grayson—who additionally glided by the nickname Dez—was additionally recognized for his graffiti artistry, whereas he initially experimented with hip-hop as a passion. He was notably featured within the 1983 hip-hop documentary Fashion Wars, and he launched his debut, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, in 2003. Grayson went on to create 5 extra data throughout his rap profession, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, Extra Than Only a DJ, The Massive Brother, Hip Hop Frontline, and The Soul Controller. Despite the fact that he was extremely regarded for his music, Grayson didn’t initially aspire to turn out to be a DJ.

“It was simply one thing to do this was enjoyable and that I loved doing,” Grayson instructed Forbes in a 2019 interview. Remembered for his diss-laden mixtapes, Grayson was deemed “Hip-Hop’s One-Man Ministry of Insults by the New York Occasions.

The hip-hop group mourned the late DJ. “Hip Hop misplaced an actual gem,” rap promoter Van Silk, who initially reported the rapper’s passing, instructed Hip-Hop DX. “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 numerous issues collectively. We final talked December as a result of we have been ending up the 200 rolling deep challenge. 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’ challenge, the world not solely misplaced an actual devoted individual to the tradition of Hip Hop however a supply of bridging the hole in Hip Hop. I’m gonna miss my little brother.”

Additionally in an announcement to the New York Publish, the New York hip-hop radio station Scorching 97 additionally honored the rapper: “Scorching 97 is shocked and saddened by the lack of our beloved DJ Kay Slay. We cherish the numerous recollections created by way of the twenty-plus years he devoted to the ‘Drama Hour,'” the station says. “A cultural icon, Kay Slay was greater than only a DJ, to us he was household and a significant a part of what made Scorching 97 the profitable station it's in the present day. Our hearts exit to his household, mates, and followers worldwide and we are going to at all times and ceaselessly have a good time The Drama King’s legacy.”



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