The jury has reached a verdict in the murder case involving hip hop legend Kidd Creole. On April 6th, Nathaniel Glover, aka Kidd Creole, was convicted of 1st-degree murder for stabbing a homeless man.
In August 2017, Kidd Creole was on his way to work walking along East 43rd St. He suddenly had an altercation with a homeless man, John Jolly. Furthermore, words were exchanged, and he believed John Jolly was trying to engage in sexual conduct. John Jolly looked at Kidd Creole and said, “What’s Up.” Feeling threatened, he acted out of emotion and pulled out a knife and stabbed John Jolly twice.
“He approached me. I got a little nervous. So then I tried to back up a little bit, and he moved forward, and then I just took the knife and stabbed him … I wish I never would have seen him. It’s all my fault because I chose to stab him. I have to take responsibility for that.”
Kidd Creole Loses in Court
Kidd Creole’s attorney argued in court that the death of John Jolly indeed wasn’t caused by the stabbing. Instead, he suggested, Mr. Jolly died from a sedative of benzodiazepine that was given to him at the hospital. Unfortunately for him, this argument did not hold up in a court of law. As a result, he was sentenced to a maximum of 25 years under 1st-degree murder.
Alvin Bragg, Manhattan district attorney, released the statement, “Nathaniel Glover committed a shocking act of violence; this conviction makes clear my office will hold people who commit violent crimes accountable to the full extent of the law.”
Kidd Creole was previously a legendary hip-hop star. He was a member of the group Grandmaster Flash & The Five. His most famous song was ‘The Message,’ released in 1982. It was a groundbreaking song, being one of the first to address racial injustice and the difficulties of living in the ghetto. Finally, in 2007, Grandmaster Flash & The Five were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
Before the incident, Kidd Creole worked as a security guard and handyman in Manhattan. Mr. Glover will be sentenced on May 4th.