US rap pioneer Kidd Creole of Grandmaster Flash charged with murder of homeless man after spat

 03 Aug 2017 - 21:27

US rap pioneer Kidd Creole of Grandmaster Flash charged with murder of homeless man after spat
(L to R) Honorees Kidd Creole, Melle Mel, Scorpio and Raheim of The Furious Five at the 22nd annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on March 12, 2007. AFP / Getty Images North America / Petere Kramer

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New York:  US rap pioneer Kidd Creole, who helped found the band Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, was arrested by police in New York and charged with murder, police said Thursday.

The 57-year-old musician, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was arrested for fatally stabbing a homeless man near a shelter late Tuesday, police said. The 55-year-old victim was found in Manhattan with multiple knife wounds to the torso, and died on the way to hospital.

Kidd Creole was a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the first rap band to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2007.

The groundbreaking band formed in the 1970s in the Bronx, when rap and hip hop were still in their early stages, and was considered a pioneer of the style.

In 1982, they had their biggest hit with The Message, which was listed as 51 on the Rolling Stone top 500 songs of all time.

It was the first hit single to depict life in New York's dangerous ghettos in the early 1980s.

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The rapper  stabbed a homeless man to death after a passing remark made him think the man was hitting on him, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

Kidd Creole was walking in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday near where he worked security and maintenance when he passed by 55-year-old John Jolly, police said.

Jolly said something that offended Glover, and they argued, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. The fight escalated until Glover stabbed Jolly and then walked off, authorities said.

The official said it was an argument that got out of hand.

Police later found Jolly and thought he was passed out, but then noticed him bleeding. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Jolly, a registered sex offender who was homeless, served time for sexually assaulting and attacking a woman. He had been staying at a shelter in the Bowery and had at least 16 prior arrests.

Glover, 57, a lyricist with the pioneering group, was being held pending an arraignment on a murder charge. It wasn't clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Glover was arrested in 2007 for possession of a gravity knife and had three other arrests dating back to the 1980s.

Video shows a handcuffed Glover, his gray hair pulled back into a tightly wound ponytail, being escorted out of a police precinct Wednesday night.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five is best known for their 1982 rap song, "The Message." The group was formed in the late 1970s in the Bronx.

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, the first rap act to be inducted into the hall.