New York City DJ and graffiti writer DJ Kay Slay has died at the age of 55, months
after being hospitalized with Covid-19.
The record executive, from New York, passed away on Easter Sunday, and his death
was confirmed by hip-hop promoter Van Silk.
It comes after the graffiti writer, whose real name is Keith Grayson, was admitted to
hospital in December with Covid.
Van Silk, who has known the late DJ since he was 16 years old, gave a sweet tribute in
a statement to DX, describing him as ‘my dear brother’.
Hip Hop lost a real gem,’ he told the publication. ‘I’ve known him since he was 16
years old. He was my little brother.’
DJ Slay, who knew DJ Khaled and Snoop Dogg, was well-known for his albums The
Soul Controller, The Streetsweeper and Accolades, while he was described as ‘Hip
Hop’s One-Man Ministry of Insults’ by the New York Times.
Celebrities were quick to pay tribute to the music star, also known as Dez, as reports
of his death began to circulate on social media.
Wack 100 said: ‘RIP DJ Kay Slay.’
Record producer Statik Selektah tweeted: ‘I have so much to say. So many stories.
This weeks ShowOff Radio will be special. RIP Kay Slay.’
In an earlier post, he said: ‘Can’t believe I’m typing this. Rest in power DJ Kay Slay.
Rapper Termanology wrote: R.I.P. DJ Kay Slay!!!! Words cannot describe how much of
a legend he was and what he meant to our culture!!!!’