Original Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five member The Kidd Creole was sentenced to 16 years in prison Wednesday after he was found guilty of fatally stabbing a man with a steak knife in Midtown Manhattan in 2017.

The 61-year-old hip hop pioneer, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was convicted of manslaughter, despite arguing that he acted in self-defense when he stabbed a homeless man, John Jolly. Glover was walking past Jolly on East 43rd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues when the two began to exchange words. Prosecutors said Glover attacked the other man because he thought Jolly was hitting on him.

“Mr. Jolly’s death was devastating to his family and those who knew him,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said. “Every life we lose to violent crime ripples throughout our entire city, and we will continue to ensure everyone in our borough can live their lives with the sense of safety and security they deserve.”

Glover began his hip hop career as one of the five original members of late-’70s Bronx hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, whose pioneering rap music garnered them a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first-ever hip hop group to receive the honor. 

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