Hip-hop pioneer The Kidd Creole, who performed as part of the influential ensemble Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been charged with the murder of a homeless man in New York.
The 57-year-old rapper, real name Nathaniel Glover, was arrested and charged yesterday over the fatal stabbing of the man, with reports indicating that Glover believed the man was making advances towards him.
Glover, who now works as a handyman and security guard in the city, reportedly had a run-in with the man, a convicted sex offender named John Jolly, who was drunk. A source told the New York Daily News that Glover, interpreting the accosting as an attempt at flirtation, stabbed the man to death before returning to his apartment in The Bronx. TMZ added that "the man allegedly called Kidd Creole a gay slur". Glover was later identified via a surveillance tape.
"He turned, interpreting that the guy was making an advance toward him," the source told the newspaper. "One thing led to another, and he shivved him twice in the chest."
Neighbors of Glover's spoke to the paper and expressed their sadness over his arrest, among them a 72-year-old woman who lives downstairs from the former hip-hop giant.
"That is so sad, I'm really in shock right now," she told the paper. "He was the sweetest man I've ever met. Everybody liked him, I'm really about to cry."
Grandmaster Flash were a pioneering 1980s hip-hop act best known for their influential political anthem The Message. Their popularity declined at the end of the decade, and the band permanently disbanded in 1989. They remain, however, enormously respected within the hip-hop industry, and in 2007 became the first hip-hop act to be entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.