*DJ Kay was buried on April 24 after succumbing to complications from Covid-19 a week earlier. However, his burial did not mark the end of his larger-than-life legacy. The Hip Hop star will continue to inspire many generations through his music, his radio show Straight Stuntin’ Magazinefamily and many friends.
To ensure that his contributions to culture will always be remembered, Van Silk (veteran hip-hop promoter in New York City) has taken several steps that will keep him relevant for generations. That’s according to his promoter Jarrod “General” Whitaker, according to HipHopDx.
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Papoose, who was DJ Kay’s protege, was chosen to be the public spokesperson for the fiery musical verticals. On the other hand, Gene Deal (Diddy’s ex-bodyguard) and Mel Robinson will run MTS Merch. Van Silk himself will fill the role of Straight Stuntin’ Magazine trusted real estate publisher and advisor. Silk co-founded the publication in 2007.
Mecca Global and Chocolate Chyna Doll will handle model management for the Straight stuntin’ models reservations, events and trips. Finally, all of DJ Kay Slay’s albums, plaques, awards, turntables and other memorabilia will be licensed to the Universal Hip Hop Museum slated to open in 2024 with a full installation of DJ Kay Slay showing off his graffiti work, awards and his overall career.
DJ Kay Skay died on Easter Sunday around four months after being hospitalized after developing Covid-19. At the memorial held this weekend at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater, artists and hip-hop fans showed up in droves. Hip-hop stars who showed up to pay their last respects included: Fat Joe, LL COOL J, Kool DJ Red Alert, Papoose, Melle Mel, 3rd Bass MC Pete Nice, Eric B., Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, Van Silk, Art of Rap co-founder Mick Benzo and DJ Chuck Chillout.
“We had to show up for our brother,” Ms. Mel told reporters after the memorial service. “Before hip-hop became what it was today… you know, what I was trying to point out is that this skinny kid was once all of us. That’s who we were, and then we grew and grew in the game. Whether or not we should pass the baton, it doesn’t matter. The thing is, we did what we did and Kay Slay did what he did and he deserves us all to come out, and that’s what I did. It will live on because we fly the same flag and it’s called Hip Hop. Kay never goes anywhere. He’s our brother.
As the memorial drew to a close, Papoose hosted a tribute special to DJ Kay Slay on Hot 97. Papoose revealed on an April 26 Instagram post that he, along with Fat Joe and Remy Ma, had driven more than 12 hours overnight to the Apollo. join others in the farewell ceremony.
“Rest I am peace To my brother Kay Slay,” he wrote. “The legend BX My brother @fatjoe drove 12 hours the night before. With myself and my wife @remyma But we still arrived at Kay Slay’s services the next morning. Also took the time to join us. As I hosted this tribute on air. To the King of Drama!! Live on @hot97 with @djspazo Real people do real things!!! #ripkayslay “Long live the King of Drama.” So many legends called to pay tribute. Stay tuned; I’ll post more. #ripkayslay peace to @general_harlem146 @tttorrez And the entire Grayson family.
When DJ Kay passed away, Papoose was silent at first. But about three days later, he posted, “Words cannot describe my pain! on Instagram.