The famous graffiti artist and Hip-Hop legend Keith Grayson, aka DJ Kay Slay, succumbed to medical treatment complications following an extended struggle with COVID-19. It is believed that the East Harlem native, died at the end of Easter on Sunday (April 17). He was 55 years old at the time of his passing. Furthermore, rumors of Kay Slay’s demise were first reported on Sunday night, and the well-known manager of music artists, Wack 100, confirmed the news. Rest in peace to DJ Kay Slay who passes away from Covid-19.
Then, in January, Wack 100 revealed that DJ Kay Slay had been hospitalized because of COVID-19 since December 2021. In addition, had to be placed on a ventilator to aid in breathing. “He might be furious at me and those who are familiar with Slay, but he’s in need of all the help it receives … We’ve been fighting for 14 days of fighting Covid, and now he’s placed on a ventilator. Please keep him in your prayers. Please. [sic]”
This week, Wack updated Kay Slay’s condition noting his DJ’s condition had been “still fighting” in a post on Instagram.
Looking DJ Kay Slay’s Accomplishments
To start, Slay was a key person within the Hip-Hop community. He first got his beginnings in graffiti art with the tag “Dez” before making his Kay Slay moniker as a DJ on the mixtape scene in the latter half of the 1990s and early the ’00s. In signing a record deal for his label Columbia Records, Slay (also known as ” The Drama King” and “Mr. Smack Your Most Favorite DJ”) released his debut album on a major label, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, in 2003, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His second album, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, was released the following year and made it to the top spot at No. 10 on the charts. The artist recorded six studio albums throughout his career. Finally, the most recent one was the album The Soul Controller, released in December 2021, shortly before his hospitalization.
Rest in peace to an OG, DJ Kay Slay who passes away from Covid-19.