Long-time bassist for the hip hop band The Roots: Leonard Hubbard is dead
He played in the groundbreaking hip hop band The Roots Bass for 15 years.
Leonard “Hub” Hubbard has died at the age of 62.
He succumbed to cancer, which forced him to leave the band in 2007.
His trademark were the chewing sticks that he always had in the corner of his mouth: Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, bassist for the hip hop band The Roots for 15 years, died on Wednesday at the age of 62, like his wife Stephanie to “The Philadelphia Inquirer” “Confirmed. He succumbed to cancer, which forced him to leave the band in 2007.
The Roots said goodbye to their long-time band member on social media: “With the heaviest of hearts, we bid farewell to our brother Leonard Nelson Hubbard,” wrote the band. “May your transition bring peace to your family, friends, fans, and everyone who loved you. Rest in Melody Hub. ”
Hubbard joined the band in 1992, which at the time was still called The Square Roots and had not yet released their debut album. From “Organix” (1993) to “Game Theory” (2006), he played on every album of the band, including their biggest hit “You Got Me” in 1998. He also worked as a co-songwriter and arranger on numerous songs. In 2007 he received his cancer diagnosis, which led him to quit the band.
In 2016, Hubbard sued his former bandmates, claiming that he had signed a contract with them that made him co-owner of the band. Hubbard complained that he was not paid adequately. As his wife confirmed, the case was still pending at the time of his death.