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Hip-Hop Pioneer Cites ‘Gay Panic’ In NYC Man’s Murder

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An early star in the hip-hop musical genre was charged with murder yesterday, after allegedly stabbing a homeless man in a Midtown dispute, said Manhattan Assistant DA Mark Dahl.

By Nathan James

Nathaniel Glover, 57, who rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s as Kidd Creole of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, became enraged when the victim, John Jolly, said “What’s up?” to Glover as the former musician walked past him late Wednesday evening.

Police quoted Glover as saying he took Jolly’s words as a “gay sexual advance” leading him to produce a steak knife attached to his wrist from his sleeve, which he plunged into Jolly’s chest twice. Tourists who saw Jolly collapsed on the sidewalk called 911, and responding medics discovered the stab wounds, police said. Jolly was rushed to Bellevue Hospital from E. 44th Street and Third Avenue, but could not be saved.

Kidd Creole was part of the legendary hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce noted that the incident was captured on surveillance video. “The victim collapses about a block from where he was stabbed,” Chief Boyce said during a press conference. “After stabbing Mr. Jolly, Glover continued in to his workplace, where he changed his clothes and washed the murder weapon,” which police later recovered, Boyce said.

Detectives tracked Glover to his home, and he was brought in for questioning. “Later on that night, [Glover] gave us a narrative where he admitted to this crime,” Boyce stated, in which the artist invoked gay panic as his motive. The rapper works as a handyman and security guard in the area, police said.

Glover was ordered held without bail on second-degree murder charges by Manhattan Criminal Court judge Phyllis Chu. As the hearing ended, Glover was heard to say, “I’m sorry”, to the court. He’s scheduled for another hearing on August 8.