Kidd Creole, a part of Grandmaster Flash and the Livid 5, the primary rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, is on trial for homicide in New York Metropolis.
Creole, whose actual identify is Nathaniel Glover, is accused of stabbing a homeless man to loss of life in 2017. His trial started on Friday.
The rapper is claiming self-defense within the case. Creole allegedly stabbed John Jolly twice within the chest with a steak knife after changing into enraged as a result of, his lawyer stated, he thought Jolly was homosexual and hitting on him.
The stabbing incident occurred as Creole was heading to his upkeep job in midtown Manhattan round midnight on Aug. 1, 2017. Jolly allegedly requested him “What’s up?” to precipitate the confrontation. .
“Women and gents, that is New York Metropolis. It’s 12 o’clock at night time. Who’s saying ‘What’s up?’ to you with good intentions?” Creole’s lawyer, Scottie Celestin, advised the jury. “His worry for his life was affordable.”
Celestin additionally claimed Jolly died from a dose of the sedative benzodiazepine on the hospital, not the stab wounds.
Grandmaster Flash and The Livid 5 is greatest recognized for his or her 1982 rap track, “The Message.” The group shaped within the late Seventies within the Bronx and have become the primary rap act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2007.