DJ Kay Slay

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DJ Kay Slay
Birth name Keith Grayson
Born (1966-08-14) August 14, 1966 (age 48)
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Disc jockey
Years active 1983–present
Labels Streetsweepers, Columbia, Sony Music
Associated acts Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, French Montana, Ghostface Killah, Jim Jones, J.R. Writer, G-Unit, Maino, Papoose, Raekwon, Remy Ma, Ray J, Tony Yayo, Twista, Uncle Murda, Vado

Keith Grayson (born August 14, 1966), professionally known as DJ Kay Slay, is an American hip hop disc jockey (DJ) from New York City. He was referred to by the New York Times as "Hip Hop's One-Man Ministry of Insults".[1] Kay Slay goes by several monikers, namely The Drama King, Dezzy Dez and Slap Your Favorite DJ. He has released four studio albums, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, The Champions: North Meets South (with Greg Street) and More Than Just a DJ.

Early life[edit]

Keith Grayson was born August 14, 1966 in New York City, New York. Grayson was originally a prominent graffiti artist., having been featured in the 1983 hip hop documentary, Style Wars. One of Grayson's better known tags was "Dez". With decline of the graffiti movement in the late 1980s, Dez began dealing with narcotics and consequently ended up in jail by the late 1980s. Grayson was released from jail in 1990, and claims to have abstained from using drugs ever since.

Career[edit]

2003–2009: Streetsweeper series[edit]

DJ Kay Slay released his debut album, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, on 20 May 2003. In the summer of 2003, Kay Slay released a single, accompanied by a music video, for a song titled "Too Much For Me". The single, which features a chorus sung by then-up-and-coming singer Amerie, also features verses from American rappers Baby, Nas and Foxy Brown. The song peaked at number 53 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it the DJ's highest charting single to date. The sngle's music video includes cameo appearances by Swizz Beatz, N.O.R.E., Raekwon, WC and Lloyd Banks.[citation needed] Although the song was not a major success, its music video was aired on MTV Jams and BET. The "Too Much For Me" video did not feature Nas (because of Nas' solo projects) or Baby; so Loon was featured instead. This replacement started a feud between Nas and Kay Slay.

On March 30, 2004, Kay Slay's second album The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, was released. Another single and video were released for "Who Gives A...Where You From" with Three 6 Mafia, which peaked at number 89 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Kay Slay and the song were featured on the 2004 NFL Street video game.[citation needed]

2010–present: More Than Just a DJ and Rhyme or Die[edit]

After releasing More Than Just a DJ in 2010, Rhyme or Die is scheduled for release in 2015. The album's first two single "60 Second Assassins" featuring Busta Rhymes, Layzie Bone, Twista and Jaz-O and "The Kings of the Streets" featuring DJ Khaled, DJ Drama, DJ Doo Wop and Fly Nate were released in 2011. In 2013, "About That Life" featuring Fabolous, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Nelly and French Montana was released as a single from Rhyme or Die. It debuted and peaked at #54 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it one of Kay Slay's most successful singles to date. In the beginning of 2014, "Free Again" was released featuring Fat Joe and 50 Cent, which came to a surprise for some seeing as how they had beef before, but have since reconciled.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
R&B/HH
The Streetsweeper
  • Released: May 20, 2003
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD, digital download
22 4
The Streetsweeper 2
  • Released: March 30, 2004
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD, digital download
27 10
The Champions: North Meets South (with Greg Street)
  • Released: August 22, 2006
  • Label: Koch
  • Format: CD, digital download
57 17
More Than Just a DJ
  • Released: February 9, 2010
  • Label: E1
  • Format: CD, digital download
133 29
Rhyme or Die
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: E1
  • Format: CD, digital download
To be released

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Redemption
The Soul Controller
The Changing of the Guard
  • Released: July 24, 2012[4]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Return of the Gate Keeper
  • Released: September 8, 2012[5]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
The Last Champion
  • Released: July 12, 2013[6]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Grown Man Hip-Hop
  • Released: November 19, 2012[7]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Grown Man Hip-Hop Part 2 (Sleepin' with the Enemy)
  • Released: January 23, 2013[8]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
The Last Hip Hop Disciple
  • Released: May 8, 2014[9]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
The Original Man
  • Released: November 14, 2014[10]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B/HH
"Too Much for Me"
(featuring Nas, Baby, Foxy Brown and Amerie)
2003 53 The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1
"Not Your Average Joe"
(featuring Fat Joe, Joe Budden and Joe)
2004 63 The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2
"Who Gives A Fuck Where You From"
(featuring Three 6 Mafia, Lil Wyte and Frayser Boy)
89
"Blockstars"[11]
(featuring Yo Gotti, Jim Jones, Busta Rhymes and Ray J)
2009 More Than Just a DJ
"Thug Luv"[12]
(featuring Maino, Papoose, Red Cafe and Ray J)
2010 112
"60 Second Assassins"
(featuring Busta Rhymes, Layzie Bone, Twista and Jaz-O)
2011 Non-album singles
"The Kings of the Streets"
(featuring DJ Khaled, DJ Drama, DJ Doo Wop and Fly Nate)
75
"About That Life"[13]
(featuring Fabolous, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Nelly and French Montana)
2013 54 Rhyme or Die
"Keep Calm"[14]
(featuring Juicy J, Jadakiss, 2 Chainz and Rico Love)
"Don't Do It"[15]
(featuring Fat Joe, French Montana and Rico Love)
2014
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DJ Kay Slay and Shaq Seek to Bridge the Gap
  2. ^ "Redemption". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Soul Controller". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Changing Of The Guard". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Zach Frydenlund. "Mixtape: DJ Kay Slay "The Return Of The Gatekeeper"". Complex. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dj Kay Slay - The Last Champion Hosted by Dj Kay Slay". DatPiff. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dj Kay Slay - Grown Man Hip Hop". DatPiff. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "DJ Kay Slay - Grown Man Hip Hop Part 2 (Sleepin' With The Enemy)". DatPiff. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Rose Lilah (May 8, 2014). "DJ Kay Slay - The Last Hip-Hop Disciple". HowNewHipHop. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kevin Goddard. "DJ Kay Slay - The Original Man". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store.". Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Thug Luv (feat. Maino, Papoose, Red Cafe & Ray J) - Single by DJ Kayslay". iTunes. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - About That Life (feat. Fabolous, T Pain, Rick Ross, Nelly & French Montana) - Single by DJ Kayslay". iTunes. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Keep Calm (feat. Juicy J, Jadakiss, 2 Chainz & Rico Love) - Single by DJ Kayslay". iTunes. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store.". Retrieved 11 March 2015. 

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