In a touching tribute to the late hip-hop legend DJ Kay Slay, the streets of Harlem, New York, witnessed a remarkable event on Sunday. The celebration, which garnered attention from both friends and family, unfolded in the heart of the legendary DJ’s former stomping grounds, spanning the area between 105th and 109th streets and First Avenue.
Social media was abuzz with footage of the event, portraying an atmosphere of hip-hop camaraderie as attendees reveled in the music and embraced one another in a poignant display of unity. The emblematic street sign now proudly graces the intersection of 105th and First.
Notable figures from the hip-hop community joined the commemoration, with luminaries such as Busta Rhymes, Papoose, and members of Terror Squad among the attendees. The announcement of DJ Kay Slay’s street naming was unveiled a month prior by his brother, Kwame Grayson, through an Instagram post that resonated deeply within the East Harlem and East-River projects community.
Grayson passionately captioned the post, “Monumental for the Grayson family East Harlem and East River projects!” DJ Kay Slay, who tragically passed away at the age of 55 in April 2022 due to a severe battle with COVID-19, embarked on his journey in the world of hip-hop as a graffiti artist under the moniker “Spade.”
As the cultural tides within hip-hop shifted, Kay Slay seamlessly transitioned into the realm of DJing, where his career soared to new heights. His legacy continues to inspire, and this street naming honors his profound impact on the genre and his enduring presence in the hearts of many.