DJ Kay Slay, maven of New York hip-hop, dies from Covid-19 complications
Grayson's death at age 55 on Sunday was confirmed by his family in a statement released through New York radio station HOT 97
where he hosted "The Drama Hour" for more than two decades.
A dominant figure in hip hop culture with millions of fans worldwide
DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations," the family statement said.
Grayson grew up in Harlem, immersed in New York City's early hip hop scene.
He got his start as a teenage graffiti artist and was featured in the 1983 hip hop documentary
He released over 500 mixtapes in 10 years since his first in 1994
featuring artists going tit-for-tat with each other on tracks rarely found on the radio.
His debut album, 2003's "The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1" was the first marketed to a national audience.