He was originally from the Philadelphia hip-hop collective The Roots, formed in the late 1980s. Malik Abdul Basit, aka Malik B., passed away at the age of 47, the group said. in a statement posted on social networks.
“We are saddened to inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long-time member Malik Abdul Basit. May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and as one of the most gifted rappers of his time. We ask you to respect his family in this time of mourning ”, posted The Roots on his Twitter account. The cause of death has not been specified and remains unknown to this day.
Malik B. joined the original core of The Roots, Tariq Luqmaan Trotter and Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known respectively by the stage names Black Thought and Questionlove, shortly before the release of the first album. Organix in 1993. He appeared on four of the group’s records before leaving it in 1999. He then embarked on a solo career with the EP Psychological, before releasing two albums with producer Mr. Green. He has since appeared on several records of The Roots, without returning to the latter but as a guest artist.
Black Thought paid tribute to Malik B. in a post relayed on Instagram. “We made a name for ourselves and dug our hole where there was none”, he wrote. “In friendly competition with you from day one, I always felt like I only had a tiny fraction of your talent and potential.”