DJ Shay collaborated with the Griselda crew years before their major label deals.
The Buffalo hip-hop community suffered a tremendous loss on Wednesday. DJ Shay, who produced for the Griselda Records crew for over a decade, died at the age of 48. According to Westside Gunn, DJ Shay was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this summer, but recovered from the virus.
“U was there EVERY step of the way,” Gunn wrote in an Instagram post. “It was an honor to help your dream come true for Buffalo Hip Hop…u wanted this shit more than ALL of US, it wouldn’t be a Benny [the Butcher], WSG, Armani, Conway, BSF if it wasn’t for you.”
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U was there EVERY step of the way, It was an honor to help your dream come true for Buffalo Hip Hop, u looked at me and said “thx to you it’s no more Unsigned city… it’s signed city now” 😢😢 u wanted this shit more than ALL of US, it wouldn’t be a Benny, WSG, Armani, Conway, BSF if it wasn’t for You to watch u DJ was special it was like u were a kid behind those boards, your last thing u said to me was when u beat Corona u wanted a Buffalo Kids Chain I pray to GOD he got u Icey bc u are the biggest BUFFALO KID of them All I pray for your family and this is the longest I’ve probably ever cried besides Bacon and ChineGun I’m heart broken, I’m a miss fuckin wit u, wats a GXFR show without the LEGENDARY DJ SHAY 😢😢😢 pray for Benny as well he was with him 15 STRONG, now I’m a have to play Bubba Chuck Allday 🤲🏽🤲🏽 RIH @djshaybsf #BUFFALOKIDS #LEGEND #Culture #BSF #GXFR
Benny the Butcher and Conway the Machine, who Shay first established relationships with, both posted tributes. In July 2020, Shay proclaimed “I knew 16 years ago that I had the two best rappers in the world, and today I say the same thing.”
“This hurt right here,” Benny wrote. “This was my mentor coach father figure all [that] I feel like somebody stole something from me.”
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I’m so hurt right now idk how I’m gon pull thru unk, I been struggling all day trying to understand and grasp all this king… I cry every time I think of Dread, Rick Hyde mars Dj Tjizzle Dom and Dan ya daughter and Inez and showtime and ya grandkids and everyone who’s lives you impacted in some way, and how this is hurting them but I promise you I’m gon hold shit down unk!! I’m cryin tears while typing this shit man this is fuckin me up bad 💔 Dj Shay forever
“I’m so hurt right now,” said Conway. “Idk how I’m gon pull thru unk, I been struggling all day trying to understand and grasp all this…I cry every time I think of everyone [whose] lives you impacted in some way, and how this is hurting them but I promise you I’m gon hold shit down unk!”
DJ Shay previously spoke about his start as a DJ, and the beginning of Black Soprano Family in an hour-long conversation with BeatStars.