New York hip hop legend DJ Kay Slay has died of COVID at the age of 55

New York hip-hop influencer and graffiti artist DJ Kay Slay died on Easter Sunday at the age of 55 after a shocking four-month battle with COVID-19.

The tragic death of MC’s groundbreaking battle judge was confirmed to The Post in a statement from his family.

“Our hearts are broken by the death of Keith Grayson, known in his profession as DJ Kay Slay,” the bereaved family wrote in a touching tribute. “A dominant figure in hip hop culture with millions of fans around the world, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations.”

They continued, “In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family would like to thank all his friends, fans and supporters for their prayers and wishes during this difficult time. We ask you to respect our privacy while mourning this tragic loss.”

Grayson reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 complications after being hospitalized with the disease in December and put into a ventilator, The Sun reported.

New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97 honored the rapper in a statement to The Post, writing: “Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Sly. We cherish the many memories created over the twenty-plus years he devoted to ‘Hour The drama. “

DJ Kay Slay reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 complications after being hospitalized with the disease in December and put into a ventilator.
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A week before his death, Wack 100 revealed on Instagram that the musician is “still fighting” and needs all the prayers he can get.

“He has been missing from the #ECMO device for several weeks,” they wrote, “Let’s continue our prayers while our brother continues to fight.”

Born on August 14, 1966 in New York City, Grayson began his career as a graffiti artist, performing hip-hop in his spare time. During that time, he particularly appeared in the 1983 hip-hop documentary “Style Wars.”

Despite his talent for the art form, the rapper did not intend to be a DJ in the first place.

“It was just something to do that was fun and I enjoyed doing,” Grayson told Forbes in a 2019 interview.

Grayson, nicknamed Dez, released his flagship album
Grazon, nicknamed Dez, released his flagship album “The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1” in 2003.
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That changed when Grayson, nicknamed Dez, released his flagship album “The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1” in 2003. The prolific rap artist will continue to create five more studio albums throughout his career: “The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2”, “More Than Just DJ, “Big Brother,” “Hip Hop Frontline” and “Soul Cattle.”

In his latest Instagram post in January, Grayson promoted the single “In My Soul,” on which he collaborated with artists Tre Williams, Papoose and AZ.

Grayson is perhaps best known for his fierce dedication to maintaining the integrity of hip-hop, rather than providing a response to the ever-changing tastes of the masses. Des was also known for his grout-laden mix tapes, which earned him the nickname “The Only Hip-Hop Insult Office” of the New York Times.

“Hip hop has lost a real gem,” said rap promoter Van Silk.
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The hip hop community mourned the late lyricist

“Hip hop has lost a real gem,” rapper Van Silk, who initially reported the rapper’s death, told Hip-Hop DX. “My dear brother is gone. I have known him since he was 16. He was my little brother. I knew him many and we did a lot of things together. We talked recently in December because we finished the 200 Rolling Depth project. He was going to do his video part with MC Sha-Rock. “

He added, “From the mixtapes to helping him launch Straight Stuntin ‘magazine and the entire’ What The Science ‘project, the world has not only lost a true devotee to hip hop culture but a source of bridging the gap in hip. Jump. I’ll miss my little brother.”

DJ Kay Slay was known for his dedication to maintaining hip integrity.
DJ Kay Slay was known for his dedication to maintaining hip integrity.
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“A cultural icon, Kay Sly was more than just a DJ, for us he was a family and a vital part of what made Hot 97 the successful station it is today,” they added. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and admirers around the world and we will always and forever celebrate the legacy of the King of Drama.”

“Easily rest King Dez aka Spade TDS aka DJ Kay Slay A legend in two games: Graffiti and DJaying,” Rapper Dante Ross wrote on Twitter. “F Cubid. Comfortable in force.”

Dj Kay Slay participates in the 2014 Global Spin Awards on New World Stages on November 18, 2014 in New York.
Dj Kay Slay participates in the 2014 Global Spin Awards on New World Stages on November 18, 2014 in New York.
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DJ Kay Slay was also a prominent graffiti artist
DJ Kay Slay was also a prominent graffiti artist.
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