Posted on April 11, 2022

Hip-Hop Icon Kidd Creole Found Guilty of Manslaughter in Stabbing of Homeless Man in Manhattan

Molly Crane-Newman and John Annese, New York Daily News, April 6, 2022

Hip-hop icon Kidd Creole was convicted of manslaughter for stabbing a homeless man to death in 2017, despite the music legend’s self-defense claims.

Nathaniel Glover, 61, a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, was found guilty of manslaughter after a Manhattan Supreme Court jury deliberated for about three hours Wednesday. He was acquitted of second-degree murder.

He could face up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced May 4; he’s already spent nearly five years on Rikers Island awaiting trial.

Prosecutors said Glover stabbed John Jolly because he thought the homeless man was hitting on him.

Glover was walking to work on Aug. 1, 2017, with a steak knife hidden up his sleeve when Jolly approached him at East 44th Street and Third Avenue and asked, “What’s up?” — which left Glover “annoyed” because he interpreted it as a sexual come-on, Assistant District Attorney Mark Dahl said.

Glover has long maintained he acted in self-defense, with his lawyer Scottie Celestin contending no one who approaches a stranger with the question of “What’s up?” late at night has good intentions.


Glover walked past Jolly, but turned around, met him chest to chest and stabbed him twice, prosecutors said.