NEW YORK—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 demise at age 55 on Sunday was confirmed by his household in an announcement launched by New York radio station HOT 97, the place he hosted “The Drama Hour” for greater than twenty years.
“A dominant figure in hip hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations,” the household assertion mentioned.
Grayson grew up in Harlem, immersed in New York City’s early hip hop scene. He obtained his begin as a teenage graffiti artist and was featured within the 1983 hip hop documentary “Style Wars.”
He started promoting bootleg mixtapes on road corners within the early ‘90s and launched his first studio album, “The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1,” in May 2003. Grayson launched a number of extra albums and labored 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 station mentioned in an announcement.
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