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Old Skool Rapper Kidd Creole Guilty Of Manslaughter

The Kidd Creole, a founding member of the American pioneering rap group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been found guilty of manslaughter over the fatal stabbing of John Jolly, a homeless man in New York who was stabbed twice in the chest with a steak knife in 2017.

Prosecutors accused the rapper, born Nathaniel Glover, of assaulting Mr Jolly, 55, after becoming enraged because he thought he thought he was hitting on him.

The now 62-year-old rapper was originally detained and then charged in connection with the killing in 2017, shortly after Mr Jolly was found with multiple stab wounds in Midtown Manhattan.

Mr Jolly, who New York police said lived in a shelter, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Mr Glover had been living in the Bronx area of the city and working as a handyman and security guard near the scene of the stabbing at the time.

Formed in the South Bronx in 1976, Glover’s original group consisted of DJ Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Keith Cowboy, Scorpio (aka Mr Ness) and Rahiem and their hit rap singles included The Message (1982) and ‘White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)’ released in 1983. In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip-hop group to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Facing a murder charge, a Manhattan jury found The Kidd Creole guilty on Wednesday (4.07) and he is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

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Author: Saul Goode

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