Popular DJ, Kay Slay Dies After Lengthy Battle COVID-19

Popular DJ, Kay Slay Dies After Lengthy Battle COVID-19

By Wires Editor | The Trent on April 18, 2022
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DJ Kay Slay

It is with a heavy heart and sad news to share that legendary graffiti artist and hip hop icon, Keith Grayson, better known as DJ Kay Slay has succumbed to medical complications associated with a lengthy battle against COVID-19.

Born in East Harlem and forever representing the area he called home, Kay Slay, who passed away on Easter Sunday, was only 55-years-old at the time of his death. Wack 100, the older brother to rapper The Game, reportedly confirmed the news, along with veteran hip hop promoter Van Silk.

The Grayson family has also issued a statement saying, “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.”

In January, BET.com reported that the Streetsweepers founder had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 since Dec. 2021 and that he had been put on a ventilator to help assist with his breathing.

“Pray for my brotha @djkayslay It’s not looking good,” Wack wrote in a post on Instagram. “He might be mad at me for this, those that know Slay but he needs all the support he can get … Been 14 days fighting Covid and he’s just [been] put on a ventilator. Keep him in your prayers Please. [sic]”

A week before, Wack shared an update about Kay Slay’s condition, writing that the DJ was “still fighting” in a post on Instagram. “He’s been off the #ECMO machine for a couple weeks now,” Wack added. “Let’s continue our prayers as our brother continues to fight.”

It goes without saying just how integral Kay Slay was to hip hop and the rap community. After using art to express his voice, he built up his rep as a graffiti artist, using the tag name “Dez,” before introducing his Kay Slay moniker as a sought after DJ on the mixtape circuit. He ruled the late ‘90s and early aughts alongside others like DJ Clue and Greg Street, eventually signing a record deal with Columbia Records.

Source: BET

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