We’re sad to report legendary New York City DJ and graffiti writer DJ Kay Slay has passed away. He was 55 at the time of his death.
Wack 100 has confirmed Kay’s passing on Sunday, April 17. They announced that he lost his life to Covid 19, four months after he was hospitalized. Silk shared with the outlet, “Hip Hop lost a real gem,” before adding, “My dear brother is gone. I’ve known him since he was 16 years old. He was my little brother. I introduced him to many and we did a lot of things together.”
Silk also said, “We last talked December because we were finishing up the 200 rolling deep project. He was gonna do his video part with MC Sha-Rock.” Kay Slay’s passing has surely left a void and he will be missed.
“From the mixtapes to helping him launch Straight Stuntin‘ magazine and the whole What The Science project, the world not only lost a real dedicated person to the culture of Hip Hop but a source of bridging the gap in Hip Hop. I’m gonna miss my little brother.”
Wack 100 initially suggested DJ Kay Slay was moments from dying in an Instagram post from December 2021. However, Kay Slay’s biological brother Kwame Grayson told DX that was far from the case, explaining,
“He’s definitely not going to die. That right there…I’m not going to lie, I was jumping around. I was definitely happy. Kay Slay is a private dude and he didn’t tell anybody in the hospital who he was, and we was kinda getting average treatment. When they found out who he was, that’s when everybody stepped up treatment. He was slowly fading away, but God didn’t let that happen. Everything in time and when they found out who he was, they got him powered up again. So he’s up and going. He’s like in a recovery state, but he’s definitely not going to die. You can trust me on that.”
Last week, Wack 100 said he was “still fighting” and needed all the prayers he can get. He shared on Instagram, “He’s been off the #ECMO machine for a couple weeks now. Let’s continue our prayers as our brother continues to fight.” Sadly, he didn’t pull through.
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