Keith Grayson is the true name of DJ Kay Slay. Grayson, who was 55 years old at the time of his death, was born on August 14, 1966, in New York City, New York.

Kay was a well-known graffiti artist who was included in the hip-hop documentary Style Wars in 1983. “Dez” was one of Kay’s most well-known tags.

Grayson saw the rise of great disc DJs like Grandmaster Flash, and Kool DJ Red Alert as a teenager in New York’s thriving hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and early 1980s.