Legendary DJ Kay Slay is reportedly in a New York hospital on life support after battling COVID for 2 weeks.
Covid-19 is a new coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People most affected by COVID include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, smokers, and people with pre-existing conditions.
Music manager Wack 100 first announced the news Tuesday. He wrote on Instagram:
“Pray for my brotha @djkayslay, it does not look good. He may be mad at me for this those who know Slay, but he needs all the support he can get … Has 14 days fought against Ovid, and he has just been put in the fan.Please keep him in your prayers [sic]. “
Hot 97 radio station tweeted:
“Legendary # HOT97 @djkayslay’s family sends their appreciation for the outpouring of prayer, love and support as he works through a current health problem.
They all kindly ask you to respect his privacy during this time and continue to send your positive energy and prayers. “
DJ Kay Slay, real name Keith Grayson, is a popular mixtape DJ, graffiti artist and record manager who released 4 studio albums, including The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1 and Champions: North meets south (with Atlanta’s own Greg Street).
Grayson only became prominent after appearing in the 1983 hip-hop documentary, Style wars as a prominent graffiti artist.
“I did not sit down so much to be a DJ,” he said at the time. “It was just something to do that was fun and that I enjoyed doing.”
When the graffiti movement disappeared in the late 1980s, Grayson began dealing in drugs and landed in prison in the late 1980s.
He was released from prison in 1990, and went on to sell hip-hop mixtapes to make ends meet.
Grayson’s mixtapes were wildly popular and received great acclaim. His studio became the destination for many rappers and artists, including 50 Cent, Eminem, Foxy Brown, Kid Capri, and more.
LL Cool J was among the celebrities who paid tribute to Grayson on social media.
LL wrote: “Send strength @djkayslay. Love you bro.”