DJ Kay Slay’s Memorial Service Details Announced

DJ Kay Slay’s Memorial Service Details Announced

Details surrounding the memorial service for the late DJ Kay Slay have officially been released.

As previously reported, on Easter Sunday (April 17) famed DJ and record executive DJ Kay Slay, born Keith Grayson, passed away at the age of 55. According to reports, his death came four months after he was hospitalized for Covid-19.

Loved ones of the hip-hop legend will be gathering on April 24 at the Apollo Theater in New York City to celebrate DJ Kay Slay in a larger-than-life memorial service. The service order will include words of welcome, prayers, scripture readings, musical selections, formal readings, a eulogy, and life tribute. The public viewing and memorial will begin at 10 a.m. EST and end at noon.

DJ Kay Slay

The obituary reads:

“Keith Grayson, P.K.A. DJ Kay Slay, was born August 14, 1966 in New York City and raised in East Harlem. As a child, he was drawn to disco, dancing the Hustle; when early Hip Hop DJs began turning breakbeats from those songs into proto-rap music, he traveled to the Bronx to observe and participate in the rising culture.”

It continues,

“Keith would hop on the 6 train and go up to the Bronx River Center to see Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation rock. Keith took up the affiliated art forms of breakdancing and graffiti, even casually rapping with his friends, mastering every element of Hip Hop culture. Street art became his chief passion, first under the tag Spade 429 and later Dez TFA, which he shortened to Dez.”

It adds,

“Amid the city’s crackdown on graffiti. Dez took the name Kay Slay and developed a fascination with turntables. In 1989, after serving a brief stint of incarceration, Keith found solace in the Nation of Gods & Earths and fully immersed himself into his craft of performing as a DJ and releasing exclusives mixtapes.”

We send our condolences to DJ Kay Slay’s family.


Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel