The New York City radio station Hot 97– where DJ Kay Slay was a long time host– validated his fatality and also shared a statement from his family members. “Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, expertly called DJ Kay Slaughter,” the Grayson family composed. “A leading figure in hip-hop society with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Kill will be kept in mind for his passion and excellence with a heritage that will transcend generations. In memory of DJ Kay Kill, our family desires to thank every one of his close friends, fans, and also advocates for their petitions and well desires during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve this awful loss.”

Grayson was supposedly hospitalized with Covid issues back in January. At the time, long time hip-hop manager, Wack100, uploaded a note about his condition on Instagram, creating, “Pray for my brotha @DJKaySlay. It’s not looking great. He might be mad at me for this those that recognize Kill yet he needs all the support he can obtain … Been 14 days battling Covid as well as he’s simply [been] placed on a ventilator. Maintain him in your petitions.”

Birthed Aug. 14, 1966 in New York City, Grayson first garnered interest as a graffiti musician. He typically used the tag “Dez” and also was just one of numerous artists featured in the seminal 1983 documentary around early hip-hop culture, Style Battles. However as New York City authorities started cracking down on graffiti in the mid-Eighties, he got DJing at parties and also parks (much to his moms and dads’ irritation, he informed the New York Times in 2003: “They were always like, ‘Boy, you better turntable those books.'”).

However battling to make ends meet as a DJ, Grayson resorted to low-level drug dealing and also burglary and also was ultimately jailed for belongings with intent to offer in 1989. He invested a year in prison and upon his release he invested some time operating at a Bronx facility helping individuals with HIV and help, while he likewise went back to DJing. In 1994, he began launching mixtapes and also was established to make music job.

” I told myself I would certainly be so huge that one day the same people I was pleading for records would certainly be asking me to play their records,” Grayson told The Times.

By the very early 2000s, Grayson, as DJ Kay Slay, was a popular figure in New York City’s hip-hop scene. But his job leapt to an additional degree when he located himself in the middle of among rap’s greatest fights– Nas vs. Jay-Z– when he came to be the initial individual to rotate Nas’ notorious diss track “Ether” (the song appeared on the DJ Kay Slaughter mixtape, Renegades Pt. 3.5). Afterwards, Kay Slaughter tapes became the go-to location for diss tracks, and a couple of years after “Ether,” he played host to another remarkable round, 50 Cent vs. Ja Regulation. One of his peers, DJ Goldfinger, called Kay Slay “the Jerry Springer of rap,” while he more extensively happened known as, “The Drama King.”.

In 2003, DJ Kay Kill took a mild turn toward the mainstream with his very first proper album, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, which was released on Columbia Records. He would go on to release six appropriate workshop cds– the last one, The Soul Controller, getting here in 2021– as well as plenty of mixtapes. On top of his cds and also mixtapes, Kay Kill hosted an once a week program on Hot 97, “Drama Hour,” and also served as the chief executive officer of Straight Stuntin magazine.

“Our hearts are broken by the death of Keith Grayson, skillfully understood as DJ Kay Kill,” the Grayson family members wrote. “A dominant figure in hip-hop society with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Kill will be remembered for his interest and excellence with a heritage that will go beyond generations. By the early 2000s, Grayson, as DJ Kay Kill, was a popular figure in New York City’s hip-hop scene. His job jumped to one more degree when he located himself in the center of one of rap’s most significant feuds– Nas vs. Jay-Z– when he became the first person to spin Nas’ well known diss track “Ether” (the tune showed up on the DJ Kay Slay mixtape, Renegades Pt. One of his peers, DJ Goldfinger, called Kay Kill “the Jerry Springer of rap,” while he more generally came to be understood as, “The Drama King.”.

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