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Hip-hop pioneer DJ K Slay He died Sunday, April 17, after a four-month battle with the coronavirus, Hot 97 and his family confirmed in a statement. He was 55 years old.

“Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ K Slack. We cherish many memories we have made over twenty years,” wrote the radio station “Drama Hour”.

K. Slay’s family issued the following statement:

“Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ K Slay, has broken our hearts. An influential figure in hip hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ K Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will be passed down through the generations. In commemoration, our family would like to thank all his friends, fans and supporters for their prayers and good wishes during this difficult time. We urge you to respect our privacy in mourning this tragic loss. “

Keith Grayson, a native of New York, was also known in his early days as The Drama King and graffiti artist Daze.

Music Manager Walk 100 Announcement K Slay was on life support at NY Hospital in January:

“Pray for my brother @djkayslay it doesn’t feel good. For those who know Slake he may be mad at me but he needs all kinds of support … Ovid has been fighting for 14 days and he has been kept on ventilator. Please give him your Keep praying [sic]”

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K Slay was a mixtape DJ, graffiti artist and record executive who released four albums: The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, Champions: North meets South (Atlanta itself Greg Street), And More than just a DJ.

As the graffiti movement faded in the late 1980’s, Grayson began selling hip-hop mixtape.

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Grayson’s mixtape was hugely popular and gained a large following. Became a top destination for many rappers and artists, including his studio 50 cents, Eminem, Foxy Brown, Kid CapriAnd more

New York Times K Slake is referred to as “Hip Hops One-Man Ministry of Insult.”

Wack 100 wrote in a statement on Sunday:

“A cultural icon, K Slay was not just a DJ, he was a family to us and an important part of what made Hot 97 a successful station today. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans around the world and we will always and forever Drama will celebrate King’s legacy. “

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