Starting August 2, rapper Kidd Creole faces murder charges for killing a homeless man. Creole stabbed him multiple times in the torso.

The killing happened on Monday night, in the center of Manhattan, New York. Kidd Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, entered an altercation with a homeless man and stabbed him multiple times in the torso.

It is not yet revealed what the cause of the altercation was.

According to the Associated Press, police said that the homeless man was a level two sex offender. This means that he had a moderate risk of re-offense. Level two sex offenders are obligated to notify the community in which they move about their records. In this case, the man had 17 arrests on his record, though it is still unclear if all were related to his sex-offender status.

The police have yet to unveil the identity of the victim, but said that his age was 55.

A spokesperson for NYPD gave more details on the incident to PIX11. It took place on East 44th Street and Third Avenue. The two started arguing before Glover pulled out the weapon with which he stabbed the victim 3 times. The wounds were severe and upon arrival at the hospital, the man was pronounced dead.

Kidd Creole is a rap pioneer. He rose to fame with his Bronx-based rap group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Members The Kidd Creole and Melle Mel were the first rappers to call themselves “MCs” (Masters of Ceremonies). Their debut album, The Message (1982), went on to become a prominent achievement in hip-hop history. Their main hits were “Freedom”, “Birthday Party” and “Message”.

 

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five split in 1984. Kidd Creole and a few others of hip-hop group signed with a different record label.