The legendary DJ Kay Slay has passed away at the young age of 55 after a four-month battle with COVID-19.
The news of the DJ’s death was revealed to HipHopDX by hip-hop promoter Van Silk, who confirmed that Kay Slay passed away yesterday (April 17). He was 55 years old.
“Hip Hop lost a real gem,” Silk told the outlet. “My dear brother is gone. I’ve known him since he was 16 years old. He was my little brother. I introduced him to many and we did a lot of things together. We last talked December because we were finishing up the 200 rolling deep project. He was gonna do his video part with MC Sha-Rock.
Slay first gained attention as a graffiti artist, before becoming a prominent DJ within NYC’s mixtape scene, known for featuring exclusive and unreleased music in his mixtapes. He later launched the magazine Straight Stuntin. He’s also known for his massive “Rolling [X] Deep” posse cuts.
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New York City hip hop veteran DJ Kay Slay has passed away after a four-month battle with COVID-19. He was 55.
Hot 97, where Slay hosted The Drama Hour, posted a statement from Slay’s family, which reads, “Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay. A dominant figure in hip-hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, 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 wishes to thank all of his friends, fans, and supporters for their prayers and well wishes during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve this tragic loss.”