Hip hop pioneer DJ Kay Slay dies of COVID-19 at age 55 | CBC News

Pioneering hip hop artist Keith Grayson, who carried out as DJ Kay Slay and labored with high stars, has died of issues from COVID-19.

Grayson’s dying at age 55 on Sunday was confirmed by his household in a statement released by means of New York radio station HOT 97, the place he hosted The Drama Hour for greater than twenty years.

“A dominant determine in hip hop tradition with hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide, DJ Kay Slay can be remembered for his ardour and excellence with a legacy that may transcend generations,” the household assertion stated. 

Grayson grew up in Harlem, immersed in New York Metropolis’s early hip hop scene. He obtained his begin as a teenage graffiti artist and was featured within the 1983 hip hop documentary Type Wars. 

He started promoting bootleg mixtapes on avenue corners within the early ’90s and launched his first studio album, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, in Might 2003.

Grayson launched a number of extra albums and labored with the likes of Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes. 

“Sizzling 97 is shocked and saddened by the lack of our beloved DJ Kay Slay,” the station stated in a press release.

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