Rap Pioneer Kidd Creole Arrested for Murder

Nathaniel Glover, who performed as rapper Kidd Creole from Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a homeless man in New York, police told NY Daily News.

“On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 2352 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a male possibly stabbed at East 44 Street and 3 Avenue within the confines of the 17 Precinct,” a police report obtained by Rolling Stone states. “Upon arrival, police observed a 55-year-old male with multiple stab wounds to the torso. EMS also responded and transported the male to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased … The investigation is ongoing.”

Surveillance video was used to identify Glover, 57, who was arrested Wednesday night.

A police source told NY Daily News that Glover works as a handyman and security guard near where the incident took place. Glover allegedly had a run-in with the victim, who was drunk, according to the source, and reportedly exchanged words. According to TMZ, a gay slur was used, which spurred an angry reaction.

The victim’s name has not been released.

Glover was a founding member of the lauded hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Formed in 1976, the group’s 1985 hit “The Message” is among Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2007, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were the first hip-hop act to enter the ceremony.

According to Glover’s Twitter page under his Kidd Creole moniker, he is scheduled to perform with the Furious Five at Dell Music Center in Philadelphia on August 20th, alongside Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Sugarhill Gang, Das Efx and Silk. The rapper retweeted the Furious Five’s upcoming show information five days prior to his arrest, and it’s unclear if he will still appear.

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