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Is DJ Kay Slay OK? Hip-hop veteran, 55, on ventilator after 2-week Covid battle

DJ Kay Slay earlier dubbed as 'Hip Hop's One-Man Ministry of Insults' by The New York Times
DJ Kay Slay is on ventilator (Instagram @djkayslay)
DJ Kay Slay is on ventilator (Instagram @djkayslay)

The coronavirus has gripped the nation ever since it spread its horror in 2020. While we have already lost a few artistes in the last two years, hip-hop artist DJ Kay Slay is battling Covid-19 and is reportedly on ventilator. Rapper Wack 100, whose real name is Cash Jones, took to his official Instagram account on Wednesday, January 5, to share an update on Kay Slay’s health condition.
Whilst sharing a picture of the acclaimed hip-hop artist, Wack 100 asked the hip-hop community to come together and extend their support. While a few rappers succumbed to the virus, other hip-hop artistes died due to violence. Speaking of rappers getting killed recently, artist VNZA was shot and killed in Missouri back in June. Brooklyn rapper Supa Gates too faced a similar fate after he was shot multiple times at St John’s Place near Troy Avenue in Crown Heights on April 11. Chicago rapper KTS Dre too made the headlines after he was shot 64 times on his head and other parts of his body in July 2021. Bay Area rapper Mike Darole was another hip-hop artist who was fatally shot during an attempted robbery in May 2021.
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Is DJ Kay Slay OK?

Wack 100 in his Instagram post revealed that the 55-year-old music legend has been grappling with Covid-19 symptoms for the last two weeks and has been put on a ventilator. Several artistes from the community then rushed to Twitter, wishing him a speedy recovery. Wack captioned the post as, “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.” He added, “Been 14 days fighting Covid and he’s just be put on a ventilator”, concluding with a request, “Keep him in your prayers Please.”
Speaking of DJ Kay Slay, his last Instagram post came a day ago which means he had access to his phone until he was put on the ventilator. There is also a possibility that his team might be taking care of his social media accounts. Hip Hop promoter/producer Van Silk told HipHopDX how he has been concerned about Kay Slay’s health for some time. In a text, he told the publication, “To my brother Kay Slay: I’ve known you since you were 15 years old. We done a lot together- from me helping you with Straight Stuntin magazine as the first editor to how the many DJs we put on during the mixtape era, and now working on the ‘Rolling Deep 200’ project. Brother, I love you and you gotta get well. You know how I was on your back about getting vaccinated.”  

DJ Kay Slay’s real name is Keith Grayson and he is one of the prominent figures in hip-hop. He was earlier dubbed as “Hip Hop's One-Man Ministry of Insults” by The New York Times.



'Hope he pulls through’

Social media users quickly logged onto Twitter to wish DJ Kay Slay a swift recovery. “PRAYERS UP FOR THE OG KAY SLAY," said one user as another posted, “Kay slay battling covid and it’s winning right now dam.” One added, “That ventilator is gonna be the death of him if they keep him on it frfr”, as another mentioned, “This news about DJ Kay Slay ruined my entire mood. I hope he pulls through.”
Meanwhile, one tweeted, “Let's send some prayers up to the brother DJ Kay Slay and his family. he is fighting covid. So, let's all pray for him to have a swift recovery.” The next one shared, “I hope Kay Slay gets well, has a speedy recovery and doesn't the compulsory “Covid is real y'all” social media post.” Another concerned individual stated, “I got DJ Kay Slay in my thoughts. The Dj of my childhood. Catching him late nights on hot 97 and played street sweepers mixtapes over and over and over again.” One posted, “The OG Kay Slay on a vent from Covid complications I need y’all to pray for him. He’s done so much for this hiphop culture please keep him in your hearts and send him good energy.” And, another concluded, “Prayers up for my man Kay Slay the mixtape king aka Dez the graffiti genius. JUST spoke to him a few weeks ago. Smh. An absolute legend in the game who brought NY back and kept us up. Speedy recovery king.”