Omicron cases in New York City and Los Angeles have exploded in recent weeks, and the pandemic is still taking its toll on the Hip Hop community. According to an Instagram post from Wack 100, it sounds like another revered member of the culture, DJ Kay Slay, is currently fighting for his life.
On Wednesday (January 5), the longtime music manager shared a photo of the 55-year-old New York legend and suggested Kay Slay is close to losing his battle with COVID-19.
“Pray for my brotha @djkayslay,” he wrote in the caption. “It’s not looking good. He might be mad at me for this those that know Slay but he needs all the support he can get … Been 14 days fighting Covid and he’s just be put on a ventilator . Keep him in your prayers Please.”
Wack 100’s post elicited several concerned comments from notable names such as Ebro Darden, Drink Champs co-host DJ EFN, Uncle Murda and Twista. Veteran New York City Hip Hop promoter/producer Van Silk tells HipHopDX he’s been concerned about Kay Slay’s health for some time.
“To my brother Kay Slay: I’ve known you since you were 15 years old,” he said in a text. “We done a lot together — from me helping you with Straight Stuntin magazine as the first editor to how the many DJs we put on during the mixtape era, and now working on the ‘Rolling Deep 200’ project. Brother, I love you and you gotta get well. You know how I was on your back about getting vaccinated.”
Like the rest of the world, the Hip Hop community has been hit hit hard by the pandemic. Fred The Godson lost his life to COVID-19 in April 2020, New Orleans DJ Black-N-Mild succumbed to the virus in March 2020 and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. legend Ganxsta Ridd died from complications in December 2020.
HipHopDX sends our well wishes to DJ Kay Slay and support for all of his loved ones.