Malik B., a rapper who has been a member of the roots for many years since their formation, died. The group confirmed the rapper’s death Rolling stone, although the cause of death or other information was not provided.
“With heavy hearts and teary eyes, we regret to announce the missed bass of our beloved brother and longtime Roots member, Malik Abdul,” The Roots said in a Questlove and Black Thought report. “Let him be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his love of brotherhood and innovation as one of the most talented MCs of all time. Please respect his family and large family when we mourn such a great loss. “
Black Thought added to the Instagram network: “We named the name and together we drew the tape where it didn’t exist. We [resurrected] city from the ashes, put it on our backs and call it Illadelph. From day one, competing with you in a friendly way, I always felt as if I only had a fraction of your true gift and potential. Your steel sharpened my steel as I watched you create terms from the ether and release them into the universe to make it a poetic law, turning English into your bitch. I always wanted to change you, somehow improve your attitude and make you see that there were far more options than the streets, only to realize that you and the streets are one … and there was no way to separate a man from his true self. . My beloved brother M-illitant. I can hope you made you as proud as I am. The world just lost the real thing. May Allah forgive you, forgive your sins and give you the highest level of paradise. ”
Born in Malik’s native Philadelphia, in the early 1990s, MC was associated with Square Roots drummer Ahmir Questlove Thompson and buddy MC Tariq’s Black Thought Trotter, who befriended Basit when they were both students in Millersville. University.
After changing their name to The Roots, the band released their 1993 album Organix, followed by their main debut, 1995 Do you want more? !!! ??!, with Malik B. and Black Thought on almost every track.
Basset also appeared in 1996 Illadelph semi-finished products and 1999 Everything is falling apart before he leaves the Roots; Root “Water” since 2002 Phrenology, their first album without Basit, Black Thought, details how he and Malik B. became musically confused, as well as the drug problems that eventually led Basit to leave the band.
Although Malik B. left the Roots at the end of the millennium, the rapper continued to host guests on the band’s albums, including the title until 2006. Game theory and Rising down“I Can’t Help” and “Lost Desire” in 2008, his last two guests with “Roots”.
In the two decades since his retirement, Basit has returned to music intermittently, primarily with his 2005 band. Mixtape Street Assault and 2015 Unpredictable collaboration with producer p. Greenu.
Philadelphia rapper Reef the Lost Cauze read on TV on Wednesday “Glad to hear about the passing of Maliko B, one of the biggest MCs to ever come from the city. He certainly had his worries, but a friend for a whole generation inspired us to touch the microphone. I included. Let him rest peacefully. “