In September, Benny the Butcher and the Black Soprano Family was released Long live DJ Shay, a record filled to the brim with Griselda stalwarts. The album was titled in memory of DJ Shay, who died in 2020 after contracting COVID-19.
Benny and his collective have continued to keep Shay’s name alive beyond naming their latest record after him. In an interview with HopHopDXBenny and the team spoke of Shay’s massive influence on the Buffalo scene and beyond.
Demetrius Chawton Robinson, who later adopted the name DJ Shay, was a champion of the Buffalo hip hop scene long before it took to the national stage as it does now. Shay has mentored many rap groups in town, including B$F. He would do whatever it took to help artists get the success he thought they deserved.
“That’s the epitome of Shay right there. He gon’ correct you ’cause he’s proud to mentor young niggas,” Benny said. “So I say, I correct you, I point you in the right direction. Shay taught me, also gave me my routine.
Benny credits a large part of who he is today to the lessons Shay taught him. “He taught me that I had to be in this studio every day,” Benny recalled. “And I was a young nigga: I was 21, 22, going to the studio every day with Shay. It took me away from the street so much. That’s what Shay meant to us.
Other B$F members have similar stories. Says Rick Hyde, “DJ Shay was almost like a father, a pop in a way. He just wanted the best from everyone around. And he knew what we were all capable of together. He was like the machine, the reason, you know what I mean?
It’s clear that DJ Shay’s legacy isn’t going to fade any time soon.[via]