DJ Kay Slay Dead at 55

Started by Worm, Apr 18, 2022, in Music Add to Reading List

  1. Worm
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    Apr 18, 2022
    DJ Kay Slay has died after a 4-month battle with COVID ... this according to his family and peers.

    The NY-based legendary hip-hop ambassador passed away Sunday, first confirmed by Wack 100, and then others, as tributes started to pour in from across the industry. His family writes, "Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay."

    They add, "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."

    Kay Slay, AKA Dez, started out as a graffiti artist in the '70s and '80s -- and later branched out into music ... making his big splash in the early 2000s through the local radio and music scene with his big personality and unique beat selection ... not to mention his wicked flow.

    He's most famous for his mixtapes -- cranking out more than a dozen dating back to 2003 -- plus other solo and compilation artists, which often featured huge names in the game ... including Nas, Swizz Beatz, N.O.R.E., Raekwon, Lloyd Banks and Foxy Brown.

    His "Streetsweeper" series is one of his major claims to fame, as was his recurring radio spot on Hot 97 -- which was dubbed the Drama Hour ... another nickname he bore. DJ Kay Slay was also known for his disses in his tracks, and was once called "Hip-Hop's One-Man Ministry of Insults" by the New York Times.

    Dez contracted coronavirus in December and was hospitalized for a while. While he showed signs of recovering thereafter, it became clear over time he was struggling to get back to 100%.

    DJ Kay Slay was 55.
     
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  2. Neppert
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    Apr 18, 2022
    d---, I remember listening to the Streetsweeper series back in the days. It was a step up to a lot of artists I never heard before....
    R.I.P. :emoji_cry:
     
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    Ricky HIP-HOP CEO ™

    Apr 18, 2022
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    Apr 18, 2022
    Rip but this man nearly ripd me back in the day listening to a mixtape on full blast and he come screaming 12 times louder than the song like a late night TV infomercial almost causing me to crash
     
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    Apr 18, 2022
    Hip-hop just lost another great one. RIP Slay.
     
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    Tone Riggz There's No Cure For Being A C*nt

    Apr 18, 2022
    RIP Dezzy Dez. Him and KASE2 are reunited. I imagine the Graffiti Hall of Fame in Spanish Harlem is going to do a dedication this year.

     
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    Apr 18, 2022
    All the real hip hop heads feel this lost … rest in the sky man
     
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    Apr 18, 2022
    RIP.

    He brought out the best in Tech N9ne. Arguably one of the greatest songs and verses of all time.
     
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    RIP legend
     
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    Apr 19, 2022
    RIP. Huge huge impact in hip hop.
     
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    We should do a street sweeper thread or something. I guess we could do it in this thread ?
     
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