The rapper was a founder and member of The Roots during the 90s. The influential group hinted in 2002 that his departure was related to the musician’s drug addictions.
“With tears in our eyes, we regret to inform you of the death of our beloved brother and long-time member of The Roots Malik Abdul Basit .” In this way, the band The Roots announced on their official Instagram account the death at the age of 47 of Malik B. , American rapper and co-founder of the influential group The Roots .
“We hope that he will be remembered for his devotion to Islam , his loving fraternity and his innovation as one of the most talented rappers of all time, ” he added.
The cause of death , where he died, and the exact date were not disclosed .
Although the origins of The Roots ‘s Questlove and Black Thought staged in 1987 in Philadelphia (USA), soon they joined the Hub roads and Malik B . to gradually go from being a sensation on the local scene to becoming one of the most respected and followed rap groups in the world. Its popularity increased in the last decade as the resident group since 2009 on the shows of Jimmy Fallon , one of the great stars of television in the USA.
Their first album on the market was Organix (1993), with which they made known their approach to hip-hop, which shone, especially, for resorting to traditional instruments instead of electronic bases and for the clear influences of jazz in all their work. .
Still with Malik B. in the group, The Roots released Do You Want More? !!! ??! (1995) and Illadelph Halflife (1996), two albums with which they achieved success on a large scale.
The last album of The Roots in which Malik B. participated as a member of the band was “Things Fall Apart” (1999).
Soon after, he left the group.
In the song “Water”, belonging to the album “Phrenology” (2002), The Roots addressed the departure of Malik B. hinting that it was related to the musician’s drug addictions .
Malik B. subsequently collaborated as a guest on various songs on The Roots, but was never again a full-time member of the band.