Kidd Creole: The rise and fall of a hip hop pioneer

From the top of the rap heap to a maintenance job to an arrest over a fatal stabbing of a homeless man.

That is Kidd Creole’s trajectory.

The founding member of the first hip hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grandmaster Flash emcee Kidd Creole was arrested Wednesday for fatally stabbing a homeless man.

Nathaniel Glover, Kidd Creole’s real name, was walking in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday near where he worked a security and maintenance job when he passed by 55-year-old John Jolly, police said.

Jolly said something that offended Glover, and they argued, said the official. The fight escalated until Glover stabbed Jolly and then walked off, authorities said.

Glover reportedly confessed to stabbing the homeless man and is expected in court later Thursday. But this isn’t Glover’s first brush with trouble in a career that started with a flash, before it fizzled.

Glover the poet

Born in the Bronx, Glover became interested in poetry. The poems were a way that he could express himself in a creative way, according to his website.


His website says that Glover was shy and “average at sports” and would rhyme in order to talk to girls.

Along with his brother Melvin Glover – known as Melle Mel – Glover developed their own unique style of rhyming and began to use emcees in their songs.


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