Kay Slay, a DJ for the New York Giants, died unexpectedly after a long battle with Covid-19. The news of Kay Slay’s death, which occurred on Easter Sunday, began to spread late Sunday night. Condolences poured in as word went around the globe.
Kay Slay, born Keith Grayson, grew up in the gritty New York of the 1970s, starting out as a graffiti artist. He was even featured in the groundbreaking Hip-Hop documentary “Style Wars,” which was released in 1993. He was known as “Dez” in the streets and was a member of the Fantastic Partners (TFP).
Soon, he’d be looking at late-’70s and early-’80s DJs like GrandMaster Flash, Kool DJ Red Alert, and others. He stopped using and selling drugs totally after a stint in prison for drug possession, and began his mission to become a New York icon.
Kay Slay would go on to become one of the most influential DJs of all time, with a decidedly harsh take on culture. His early 2000s Street Sweeper series, as the Drama King, proved epic and helped keep the streets on fire. He put out six studio albums, several mixtapes, and broke artist after artist almost entirely on the basis of talent.
He was most recently unleashing a series of monster posse cuts that shook up the Hip Hop world on a regular basis. The most recent being “Rollin 110 Deep,” which featured a record-breaking number of rappers in a single song.
At the time of his death, he was a Sirius XM DJ, but he had a long run on Hot 97 with the “Drama Hour.”
Kay Slay is going to be missed.
He was 55 years old at the time.
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Style Wars – legendary graffiti documentary 1983