NEW YORK — Pioneering hip-hop artist Keith Grayson, who performed as DJ Kay Slay and worked with top stars, has died of complications from COVID-19.  2

Grayson's death at age 55 on Sunday was confirmed by his family in a statement released through New York radio station HOT 97 

"A dominant figure in hip hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion 

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 

He began selling bootleg mixtapes on street corners in the early '90s and released his first studio album — The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1 — in May 2003.