DJ Kay Slay

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DJ Kay Slay
Birth name Keith Grayson
Also known as The Drama King, Dezzy Dez, Slap Your Favorite DJ
Born (1966-08-14) August 14, 1966 (age 47)
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres East Coast hip hop
Occupations DJ
Years active 1983–present
Labels Streetsweepers, Columbia, Sony Music
Associated acts Ray J, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Eminem, Bun B, LOX, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Maino, Papoose, Obie Trice, Kool G Rap, Scarface, Memphis Bleek, Twista, Lil Wyte, E-40,

Keith Grayson (born August 14, 1966), best known as DJ Kay Slay, is an American DJ. He was referred to by the New York Times as "Hip Hop's One-Man Ministry of Insults". He has sold 350,000 copies of his two official albums.[1]

Early life[edit]

Keith Grayson was originally a prominent graffiti artist. He was featured in the 1983 hip hop documentary Style Wars. 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.

Streetsweeper albums[edit]

Kayslay released his first album, Streetsweeper Vol. 1 on 20 May 2003. In the summer of 2003, Kayslay released a single and music video of his own for a track called "Too Much For Me". It featured rapping from Baby, Nas, and Foxy Brown, and a chorus sung by then relative newcomer, Amerie. The song peaked at #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it the DJ's highest charting single to date. There were cameo appearances by Swizz Beatz, N.O.R.E., Raekwon, WC and Lloyd Banks.[citation needed]

Although the song was not a success, its music video was aired on MTV Jams and BET. The "Too Much For Me" music 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 Kayslay. On March 30, 2004, Kayslay's second album 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 #89 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Kayslay and the song were featured on the 2004 NFL Street video game.[citation needed]

After releasing More Than Just a DJ in 2010, Rhyme or Die is scheduled for release in 2013. 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 Doo Wop, DJ Khaled and DJ Drama 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 Kayslay'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]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B
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: 2014
  • Label: E1
  • Format: CD, digital download
N N

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Song U.S. R&B Album
2003 "Too Much for Me"
(featuring Nas, Baby, Foxy Brown and Amerie)
53 Streetsweeper Vol. 1
2004 "Not Your Average Joe"
(featuring Fat Joe, Joe Budden and Joe)
63 Streetsweeper Vol. 2: The Pain From the Game
"Who Gives A...Where You From"
(featuring Three 6 Mafia, Lil Wyte and Frayser Boy)
89
2009 "Blockstars"
(featuring Yo Gotti, Jim Jones, Busta Rhymes and Ray J)
More Than Just a DJ
2010 "Thug Luv"
(featuring Maino, Papoose, Red Cafe and Ray J)
112
2011 "60 Second Assassins"
(featuring Busta Rhymes, Layzie Bone, Twista and Jaz-O)
Rhyme or Die
"The Kings of the Streets"
(featuring DJ Doo Wop, DJ Khaled and DJ Drama)
2013 "About That Life"
(featuring Fabolous, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Nelly and French Montana)
54
"Keep Calm"
(featuring Juicy J, Jadakiss, 2 Chainz and Rico Love)

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