Nathaniel Glover (born February 19, 1960), also known as Nate or Danny Glover, and better known by his stage name The Kidd Creole, is a former American rapper who was a member of the group Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five with his brother Melle Mel and is considered one of the pioneers of old school hip hop.
He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in May 2022 for manslaughter charges in the August 2017 stabbing of a homeless man in Manhattan.
The Kidd Creole is one of the wealthiest American rappers and one of the most well-known. The Kidd Creole net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million, according to various sources.
Glover and his brother Melvin (called Melle Mel) teamed up with Keef Cowboy (Keith Wiggins) to form the Three MC’s in 1978, with Grandmaster Flash handling the production (Joseph Saddler).
The group recorded two singles (one as the Younger Generation and one as Flash & the Five) before becoming Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and recording the Superappin’ EP for Enjoy Records, owned by R&B legend Bobby Robinson, after two extra MCs joined them (Scorpio (originally Mr. Ness, aka Ed Morris) and Raheim (Guy Williams).
The Furious Five & Grandmaster Flash
Between 1980 and 1987, Kidd Creole collaborated on several albums with Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. After leaving The Furious Five in 1983, Flash, Rahiem, and Creole continued to record together for Elektra Records, subsequently reuniting with Melle Mel and the others for a reunion in 1987.
Charges in court
The Kidd Creole was arrested and accused with the murder of a homeless man in New York City on August 2, 2017. He had been living in Mount Hope, The Bronx, and working as a handyman and security guard in midtown Manhattan prior to his arrest.
He has been arrested for gun possession in 1982 and 1995, as well as knife possession in 2007. On April 6, 2022, he was convicted guilty of first-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to 16 years in jail plus five years of supervision on May 4.
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The Message (1982), Sugar Hill
On the Strength (1988), Elektra
“Superrappin’” (1979), Enjoy – 12-inch single
“Freedom” (1980), Sugar Hill
“Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” (1981), Sugar Hill – 12-inch single
For a fatal stabbing, Kidd Creole was sentenced to 16 years in prison
AP NEW YORK — Kidd Creole, a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, was sentenced to 16 years in jail on Wednesday for fatally stabbing a homeless man on a New York City street.
Last month, the 62-year-old rapper was convicted guilty of manslaughter for the death of John Jolly, who was stabbed twice in the chest with a steak knife in midtown Manhattan in August 2017.
Glover was accused of stabbing Jolly after growing furious because he believed Jolly was gay and was hitting on him, according to prosecutors.
After stabbing Jolly, Glover went to his neighboring office, changed his clothing, and washed the knife, according to prosecutors. Glover was apprehended the next day.
After the punishment, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg remarked, “Mr. Jolly’s death was terrible to his family and all who knew him.” “Every life lost to violent crime has reverberations across our community, and we will continue to work to guarantee that everyone in our borough has the sense of safety and security they deserve.”
According to the New York Times, Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Michele Rodney appeared to disagree with arguments made by Glover’s attorney, Scottie Celestin, who claimed throughout the trial that Glover felt endangered in part because Jolly was homeless.
“A life is a life,” Rodney said as she sentenced Glover, adding that the murder was not “way excused” since the victim was homeless.
Celestin stated that he will challenge his conviction.
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five were created in the Bronx in the late 1970s. “The Message,” from 1982, is the group’s most well-known song. They were the first rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.