Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was arrested Wednesday and is expected to be charged in fatal knifing of a 55-year-old man at the corner of E. 44th St. and Third Ave.
Glover, 57, was one of the members of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, a foundational hip-hop group formed in the South Bronx in the 1970s.
These days, Glover works near the Midtown scene as a handyman and security guard.
He had a run-in with the victim, who was drunk, the police source said.
“They had no prior relationship. They had words. Things got out of hand. It was some sort of diss,” the source said.
Pedestrians called 911 for the victim just before midnight on Tuesday because they thought he was just passed out drunk, cops said.
First responders were surprised to see multiple stab wounds in the man’s chest, police said Wednesday.
Medics rushed the victim to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he died.
Glover was partly identified through surveillance video.
“He gave some statements and he’s being charged,” the police source said.
The victim — whose name was not released — was homeless and staying at a shelter on the Bowery, police sources said.