DJ Kay Slay has died at the age of 55 | Entertainment

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DJ Kay Slay has died aged 55.

The longtime HOT 97 DJ — who hosted “The Drama Hour” for more than 20 years — has died of complications from COVID-19, according to the New York-based radio station.

His family said in a statement on Sunday (17.04.22): “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 transcends generations.

The radio station added, “Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Slay.”

The disc jockey – real name Keith Grayson – grew up in Harlem amid the flourishing of the hip-hop genre. After becoming a teenage graffiti artist, he was featured in the 1983 documentary “Style Wars.”

Following this, Keith began selling bootleg mixtapes on street corners in the 90s. In 2003 he released his debut album, “The Street Sweepers, Vol 1”, and went on to work with a number of prominent rappers including Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes.

Van Silk, a music promoter and friend of Keith’s, said the world “lost someone truly dedicated to hip hop culture”.

“My dear brother is gone. I’ve known him since he was 16. He was my little brother. I introduced him to a lot and we did a lot of things together,” he told the site. .

“We last spoke in December because we were finishing Project 200 deep rolling. He was going to do his video part with MC Sha-Rock.”

Lupe Fiasco paid her respects saying, “RIP DJ KAY SLAY.”

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