DJ Kay Slay, an influential member of the New York hip-hop scene whose raucous mixtapes became legendary,
has died from Covid-19 complications.
His family confirmed his death through a
statement released by New York hip-hop radio station HOT 97. He was 55.
Kay Slay, whose real name was Keith Grayson, was a DJ at HOT 97.
But he had been a star of the genre since the early 1990s, when mixtapes he produced
featured up-and-comers and superstar rappers like Jay-Z and later, Eminem.
A young Kay Slay appeared in the seminal 1983 documentary "Style Wars,"
which explored New York's burgeoning hip-hop scene. Then an East Harlem graffiti artist
primarily using the name Dez, he tagged the sides of subway train cars,
DJ Kay Slay dies from Covid-19
calling himself the "king of the number three train."