Pioneering hip-hop artist Keith Grayson, who performed as DJ Kay Slay and worked with top stars, has died of complications from Covid-19.
Rayson’s death at the age of 55 on Sunday was confirmed by his family in a statement released on New York radio station Hot 97, where he hosted The Drama Hour for more than two decades.
“DJ Kay Slay is a dominant figure in hip-hop culture with millions of fans worldwide and will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will last for generations,” the family statement said.
Grayson grew up in Harlem, in the midst of New York City’s early hip-hop scene. He started out as a graffiti artist in his teens and was featured in the 1983 hip hop documentary Style Wars.
He began selling bootleg mixtapes on street corners in the early ’90s and released his first studio album, The Streetsweeper Vol. 1, in May 2003.
Grayson released several more albums and worked with the likes of Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes.
“Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Slay,” the channel said in a statement.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/influential-hip-hop-artist-dj-kay-slay-dies-of-covid-aged-55-41564082.html Influential hip-hop artist DJ Kay Slay dies aged 55 from Covid