A founding member of one of the groups that pioneered the rap movement has been charged with murder. The New York Daily News reports that Nathaniel Glover, who performed as Kidd Creole as one of the founders of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, is accused of fatally stabbing a homeless ex-con in Midtown Manhattan.
Glover, 57, was arrested Wednesday night. The victim, identified as John Jolly, 55, died from wounds received late Tuesday night.
“The one-time trailblazing emcee works near the scene of the killing as a handyman and security guard and was on his way to his job, authorities said,” The Daily News reports. “He had a run-in with Jolly, who was drunk, a police source said.”
The report cites a source saying that Glover thought Jolly, who was a convicted rapist and sex offender, was hitting on him.
The source is quoted saying: “He turned, interpreting that the guy was making an advance toward him. One thing led to another, and he shivved him twice in the chest.”
Rolling Stone quotes a police report that states: “On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at [11:52 p.m.], 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. 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.”
Rolling Stone adds: “Glover was a founding member of the lauded hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Formed in 1976, the group released its first single, ‘Superappin’ in 1979, with their 1982 hit ‘The Message’ among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”