A rapper from the legendary hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was charged with fatally stabbing a man in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night. Nathaniel Glover, whose stage name is Kidd Creole, had reportedly been arguing with the victim immediately before the murder.
Just before midnight, police officers found the 55-year-old victim near 44th Street and Third Avenue. The Post reports police at first believed the man was just too inebriated to stand, but then spotted multiple stab wounds to his chest. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Pizza shop owner Abdul Farhad saw the wounded victim and told WABC 7, "Someone called the cops, someone called the ambulance, and I see a lot of blood come from here. Too much blood, this guy."
Investigators say the stabbing happened around East 43rd Street and Lexington Avenue, and that the victim, who lived in a homeless shelter, "managed to walk about two blocks before collapsing" before police found him, DNAinfo reports.
According to the Daily News, Glover "thought [the victim] was hitting on him on a Midtown street Tuesday night, police and sources said... 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."
"They had no prior relationship. They had words. Things got out of hand. It was some sort of diss," a source told the News. "[Glover] turned, interpreting that the guy was making an advance toward him. One thing led to another, and he shivved him twice in the chest,” the source said.
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Glover, who was identified by police detectives reviewing surveillance cameras near the scene, was arrested in the Bronx and is awaiting arraignment.
Glover was one of five rappers who made up the Furious Five, who performed with Grandmaster Flash, in the 1970s and 1980s and shot to fame with the song "The Message." Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first rap group to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they were inducted in 2007.
Glover's Twitter profile says he is scheduled to perform with the Furious Five at Dell Music Center in Philadelphia on August 20th.