Pioneering hip hop artist dies after COVID-19 battle

Pioneering hip-hop artist DJ Kay Slay, who worked with top stars throughout his career, has died following a battle with COVID-19. He was 55 years old. HOT 97 host, real name Keith Grayson, died on Easter Sunday, his family confirmed in a statement via the New York radio station, where he hosted ‘The Drama Hour’ for more than two decades. “Our hearts are broken,” the family said in a statement to the outlet. “A towering 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 statement adds: “In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family would like to thank all of his friends, fans, and supporters for their prayers and well wishes during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we mourn this tragic loss. .” ‘What an incredible talent’:Taylor Hawkins, the longtime Foo Fighters drummer, dies at 50. DJ Kay Slay’s death comes four months into his battle with COVID-19, according to People and the New York Post.

His longtime friend and veteran hip hop promoter Van Silk spoke to HipHopDX Monday about the death of DJ Kay Slay. “Hip-hop has lost a real gem. My dear brother is gone. I’ve known him since he was 16. He was my little brother. I’ve introduced it to a lot of people and we’ve done a lot together,” he told the outlet. “We last spoke in December because we were finishing the 200-bearing project in depth. He was going to do his video part with MC Sha-Rock.”

Pioneering hip hop artist dies after COVID-19

After:‘We Ready’ Rapper Archie Eversole Dies at 37, Reportedly Shot by His Brother. Silk added, “From the mixtapes to the aid he launched to launch Straight Stuntin’ magazine and the entire What The Science project, the world has not only lost a true person dedicated to hip hop culture, but a source to bridge the gap in hip hop. I will miss my little brother.

DJ Kay Slay’s other longtime friend, artist manager Wack 100, posted a tribute to him on Instagram. “2 decades of friendship. Major contribution to my growth and network. A big brother, friend, business partner and mentor,” he wrote. “I didn’t lose you brother you told me you would always be with me so I gained a spiritual advisor.”

Grayson grew up in Harlem, immersed in New York’s early hip hop scene. He got his start as a teenage graffiti artist and was featured in the 1983 hip-hop documentary “Style Wars.”

He began selling bootleg mixtapes on street corners in the early 90s and released his first studio album, “The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1”, in May 2003. Grayson has released several other albums and worked with artists like Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes.

Coachella 2022:Check out all the best photos from the first weekend of the famous music festival. In 2019, DJ Kay Slay says Forbes didn’t really intend to be a DJ. “It was just something to do that was fun and that I enjoyed doing,” he said.

Throughout DJ Kay Slay’s career, he also served as head of artists and repertoire for Shaquille O’Neal’s DEJA34 label, A&R for Ray J’s 2008 album “All I Feel” and the CEO of Straight Stuntin’ Magazine, according to HOT 97. He is also credited with bringing together New York rivals Fat Joe and 50 Cent in his 2014 single “Free Again.”

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