…The Soul Controller, was released in 2021.
DJ Kay Slay is believed to have “released over 500 bootleg mixtapes,” Fader reported. The outlet said that he began selling them on street corners in New York’s West Village starting in 1993, and they reportedly featured artists among the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent and JAY-Z.
Nicknamed The Drama King, Slay also took part in hosting “The Drama Hour” on Hot 97 for over two decades.
His career jumped to another level when he found himself in the middle of one of rap’s biggest feuds — Nas vs. Jay-Z — when he became the first person to spin Nas’ infamous diss track “Ether” (the song appeared on the DJ Kay Slay mixtape, Renegades Pt. 3.5).
After that, Kay Slay tapes became the go-to place for diss tracks.
In a statement, the New York-based radio station remembered his work ethic and legacy.
Grayson was reportedly hospitalized with Covid complications back in January. At the time, longtime hip-hop manager, Wack100, posted a note about his condition on Instagram, writing, “Pray for my brotha @DJKaySlay. It’s not looking good. He might be mad at me for this those that know Slay but he needs all the support he can get … Been 14 days fighting Covid and he’s just [been] put on a ventilator. Keep him in your prayers.”
“Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Slay,” their statement began. “We cherish the many memories created through the twenty-plus years he dedicated to the ‘Drama Hour.'”
“A cultural icon, Kay Slay was more than just a DJ, to us he was family and a vital part of what made Hot 97 the successful station it is today,” the statement added. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans worldwide and we will always and forever celebrate The Drama King’s legacy.”