NEW YORK, NY — The Kidd Creole has been arrested and charged in connection with the stabbing death of a homeless man in midtown Manhattan.
The 57-year-old rapper, who was one of the founding members of the iconic hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, was arrested on Wednesday at his home in the Bronx.
Law enforcement sources say that Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, used a small knife to stab the man twice in the chest and once in the head on Tuesday night. The fight started after the victim, who was later identified as John Jolly, 55, allegedly called Glover a gay slur.
According to the Daily News, Glover became enraged because he believed Jolly was hitting on him. Glover had reportedly gotten into a shouting match with Jolly at the corner of E. 44th St. and Third Avenue before the stabbing occurred. Afterward, he fled and left the victim bleeding. Jolly was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died.
Police were reportedly able to identify the rapper through surveillance footage. Sources said Glover works in the area where the murder occurred as a maintenance man and security guard.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s most significant hit was the 1982 electro rap song “The Message,“ which feature lyrics detailing a grim narrative about inner city violence, drugs, and poverty and made the group a household name. Grandmaster Flash was also recently the associate producer of Baz Lurhman’s The Get Down.
In 2007, the group became the first rap act to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Main photo: The Kidd Creole (a.k.a. Nathaniel Glover) [Wikimedia Commons]