One of the pioneers of hip-hop music and culture has passed away. New York City hip hop legend DJ Kay Slay has died at the age of 55 following a lengthy battle with COVID-19. The iconic DJ passed away on Easter after being hospitalized for four months. Slay first made a name for himself as a graffiti artist under the tag name “Dez,” before gaining recognition as a legendary DJ in NYC’s mixtape scene. May he rest in peace and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans.