Known as the Drama King (aka Slap Your Favorite DJ), DJ Kayslay rose to the very top of his field by refereeing some of the most talked-about MC conflicts of the early 2000s, most notably Jay-Z versus Nas and 50 Cent versus Ja Rule, on his Street-sweeper mixtape series and later on his Hot 97 radio show, The Play Hour. Produced Keith Grayson, the gully loud mouth grew up with his grandparents in Harlem’s East River Houses, where at an early age he befriended Alberto Martinez, who’d later become the celebrated drug dealer Alpo. Such business meant that Kayslay understood the meaning of gangsta in a young age, however he initially strayed toward good old-fashioned hip-hop culture, particularly DJing and grafitti writing.
DJ Kayslay Net Worth $6 Million
As Dezzy Dez, his label name during the time, Kayslay made quite a name for himself throughout ny during the late ’70s and early ’80s. Drugs began to take a toll on himself, though, as his taste for debris and coke gradually spiraled into habit. Himself eventually met his destiny throughout the early ’90s, when he was indicted for felony possession of narcotics. Upon his return to the roads, Kayslay began living a brand new, drug-free life that was a real hustle. For years himself worked at random jobs, striving to make enough money to fund his own studio in Harlem so that he could satisfy his dreams of being a big-time DJ. Himself slowly realized his dreams, and from the early 2000s, he was really one of New York’s big-time DJs, churning out mixtapes that featured lots of the city’s top rappers.
DJ Kayslay’s break came throughout the advent of high-stakes beefing ignited by the unprecedented furor surrounding Jay-Z’s ongoing spell with Nas. His Street-sweeper mixtapes, which were trademarked by his signature loudmouth voiceovers, were consequently popular commodities during this age, and Columbia Records took the initiative to sign him and finance a major-label version of the Streetsweeper series. Meanwhile, Kayslay hosted a favorite radio show on Hot 97, The Drama Hour, where he would frequently debut the most recent battle-rap exclusives. At the conclusion of 2004, Kayslay became the head of A&R for the Shaquille O’Neal financed label DEJA34. Kayslay’s own Game of Death became the label’s first release in spring of 2005.