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Tragic collapse of hip-hop pioneer Kid Creole ends with death penalty by stabbing in NYC

He is far from “freedom” now.

Bronx-born rapper Kidd Creole, a member of pioneering hip-hop band Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five — who churned out “Freedom” and “The Message” — completed a disastrous fall from grace this week when he was convicted of murder. had gone .

The 61-year-old rap legend, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was at the height of his career in the 1980s—his life was filled with thrilling sell-out shows, a national tour, and a platinum record.

In September 1982, he took the stage at the then-popular Peppermint Lounge in Midtown in front of a crowd of screaming fans. His band recently released the chart-topper “The Message”, a poetic tune that preaches survival in the urban jungle.

Forty years later, he faced up to 25 years in prison when he was sentenced on May 5 to the fatal stabbing of a homeless man, John Jolly, in 2017.

By the time the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was busted for the crime, he was working as a handyman and living in a run-down rooming house in the Bronx – during his early hip-hop glory days. far from it.

According to reports and his former promoter, the star’s tragic downfall was marked by drug addiction, minor arms arrests and a then booming rap industry, which failed to properly compensate artists.

Hip Hop Pioneer Kid Creole Hears Arguments Ahead Of His Murder Conviction In Manhattan Supreme Court On April 6, 2022.
Hip-hop pioneer Kid Creole hears arguments before his murder conviction in Manhattan Supreme Court on April 6, 2022.
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Van Silk, the band’s then-promoter, told The Post on Thursday, “He was a young black man who had been taken from the ghetto to play in the field for 15,000 to 20,000 seats.” “He was a pioneer—one that everyone looked up to but didn’t make the money as the artists of today.”

Glover’s career began in the 1970s when he and his younger brother Melvin, aka Mele Mel, joined Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five—first at bars, parks, and even high school around the Big Apple. was playing in the gym.

Registered Sex Offender John Jolly Was Stabbed To Death Overnight In 2017.
Rapper Kid Creole allegedly stabbed homeless man John Jolly to death in 2017.

Along with DJ Grandmaster Flash, the band consisted of Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins along with Eddie “Scorpio” Morris and Guy Todd “Rahim” Williams.

“They played in hole-in-the-wall clubs and sometimes rented school gyms with salaries of $15 or $20,” Silk said. “Then we didn’t even have a name for hip-hop; We still call it disco rhymes.”

The group soon went on to play in larger clubs, signing with Sugar Hill Records and releasing their first single, “Superpin'” in 1979.

While Grandmaster Flash and Mel Mel were the band’s biggest stars, Glover was a “more prolific” musician—with a signature “echo chamber” style, Silk said.

In 1980, the group churned out more hits, including “Freedom,” “Birthday Party” and Flash’s influential single “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel.”

Their biggest hits were “The Message” and “White Lines (Don’t Do It)” in 1982 and 1983, respectively – when hip hop did not even rank on the Billboard charts.

But behind the scene, some of the band members struggled with cocaine addiction, according to hip-hop news site Rockthebells.com.

Silk stated that the band broke up in the mid-80s and that when they reunited years later, the magic was gone.

Rappers Shame, Kid Creole, Rahim And The Rap Group Broadway &Quot;Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five&Quot; Almost Performed On Stage In 1986.
Bronx native Kid Creole (left) rose to fame as a member of the famous rap group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
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,[Glover] Wasn’t a huge hit… and by the time the group got back together, it was too late,” he said. “Those guys came at a time when there was no music industry for hip hop.”

In 1995, Glover was arrested for possession of a loaded 9mm handgun and live ammo, and was busted again in 2007 on weapons charges for possession of a gravity knife.

Nevertheless, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, attended by Glover wearing a dapper purple vest and bow tie.

Kid Creole With Rapper Ice-T During The 2005 Vh1 Hip Hop Awards.
Kid Creole with Ice-T at the 2005 VH1 Hip Hop Awards.
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The rapper spent nearly five years behind bars while awaiting trial at the Manhattan Supreme Court in the Mannhite case.

His lawyer blamed Jolly’s death on a mixture of alcohol and sedative verbs, which he was given at the hospital as he battled with emergency workers during the proceedings.

Echoing Glover’s legal defense, Silk said, “The man didn’t die because [a] stab wound; He died because of the dose of the medicine that they had given him. [Glover] Should have been released from jail.”

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