Kidd Creole Of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Charged With Murder

Pioneering Hip-Hop crew Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five holds one of Rap’s most memorable lyrics in their 1982 song “The Message“: “Stabbed that man right in his heart, gave him a transplant for a brand new start.” Ironically, one of the legendary Bronx collective’s members, The Kidd Creole (born Nathaniel Glover), was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a homeless man multiple times in Manhattan, New York near midnight Tuesday (August 1).

According to NBC News 4 New York, the 55-year-old male victim collapsed near Grand Central Terminal train station and was taken to Bellevue Hospital to receive medical treatment. That victim has not been identified by police at press time. The man later died from three fatal stab wounds to his chest and an additional knife wound to his head.


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Glover, 57, was taken into custody by police in his native borough and current residence of the Bronx early Wednesday morning (August 2). He was later questioned by police in the 13th Precinct of Manhattan. Creole confessed to the authorities that he was involved in the incident, and subsequently he was charged with murder. Glover was apparently identified by police as the assailant in the incident via surveillance camera that allegedly recorded the attack. No motive for the crime has been determined by the sources close to this developing story, despite speculation that the exchange between the two became heated after the victim allegedly said a homophobic slur to Glover.

Before this incident, Glover holds a police record that includes four arrests. His most recent arrest was in 2007 for possession of a knife. Glover was also taken in for gun possession in 1982 and 1995. A fourth arrest is sealed by law enforcement.

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The Kidd Creole is the brother of The Furious Five’s de facto lead MC, Grandmaster Melle Mel (aka Melvin Glover). The seminal group formed in the late 1970s and were signed to Rap’s earliest iconic record label Sugar Hill Records in 1980. Before Sugar Hill, they released their first single “Superrappin'” in 1979 on Enjoy Records. Other hit records from the group’s catalog include “White Lines,” “New York, New York,” “The Birthday Party,” and “Freedom.” In the early 1980s, tensions broke the group into two factions. Creole and his brother separated, as the detained MC stayed with Flash (in a group under the DJ’s name). They signed with Elektra and released three albums as an offshoot of the seminal act. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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However even after the groundbreaking accolade, the group remains at odds, including over public appearances and royalties.