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Kidd Creole convicted of manslaughter in 2019


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A Manhattan jury on Wednesday convicted rapper Kidd Creole of manslaughter in connection with the 2017 fatal assault of a homeless man on the street.

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The rapper, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was tried last month for the death of John Jolly, who was stabbed twice in the chest with a steak knife in midtown Manhattan in August 2017.

Prosecutors accused Glover, a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, of stabbing the other man after he became enraged because he thought Jolly was gay and hit on him.

Rapper Kidd Creole, real name Nathaniel Glover, was arrested in New York on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
(Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, pool, file)

Glover’s attorney said it was self-defense. An email seeking comment has been sent to the rapper’s attorney.

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Glover, who had faced a murder charge, is expected to be sentenced on May 4.

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Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five formed in the late 1970s in the Bronx. The group’s best-known song is 1982’s “The Message”. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, the first rap group to be included.

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