January 28, 2023

DJ Kay Slay has handed away, says longtime pal and promoter 

The world of hip-hop is mourning the lack of one other legend. 

HipHopDX is reporting that DJ Kay Slay has died after a prolonged battle with COVID-19. He was 55 years outdated, and handed away on Easter Sunday.

“Hip-hop misplaced an actual gem,” veteran promoter Van Silk instructed DX. “My expensive brother is gone. I’ve identified him since he was 16 years outdated. He was my little brother. I launched him to many and we did loads of issues collectively. We final talked December as a result of we had been ending up the 200 rolling deep undertaking. He was gonna do his video half with MC Sha-Rock.

DJ Kay Slay attends the Tycoon Pool Get together hosted by 50 Cent at Bar Code on August 18, 2019, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. (Photograph by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

“From the mixtapes to serving to him launch Straight Stuntin‘ journal and the entire What The Science undertaking, the world not solely misplaced an actual devoted particular person to the tradition of Hip Hop however a supply of bridging the hole in Hip Hop. I’m gonna miss my little brother.”

Born Keith Grayson on August 14, 1966, in New York Metropolis, the DJ was as soon as referred to as, “Hip Hop’s One-Man Ministry of Insults,” by the New York Times. 

Reactions to the loss had been swift on social media. “Relaxation in everlasting peace to DEZ AKA DJ Kay Slay AKA The Drama King,” wrote Dart Adams. “It is a unhappy day for Hip Hop tradition & Rap followers the world over.” 

The veteran DJ was mourned by his former radio station, Scorching 97, which wrote in a statement: “HOT 97 is shocked and saddened by the lack of our beloved DJ Kay Slay. We cherish the various reminiscences created by means of the twenty-plus years he devoted to the ‘Drama Hour.”’ 

The assertion continued, “A cultural icon, the streetsweeper Kay Slay was greater than only a DJ. To us he was household and a significant a part of what made HOT 97 the profitable station it’s at this time. Our hearts exit to his household, associates and followers worldwide and we’ll all the time and eternally have fun the Drama King’s legacy.” 

“RIP DJ Kay Slay. Dez. The Drama King. Mr. Smack Your Favourite DJ,” wrote Andrew Barber of Fakeshore Drive. “Not solely did he premiere “Ether,” host Dipset’s first mixtape and unleash numerous songs and freestyles. However he was additionally featured within the film ‘Type Wars’ in 1983. A real pioneer, innovator and legend.” 

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