29 July 2020 20:36
Rapper Malik B, a longtime member of The Roots, has died aged 47. "It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset," the group wrote. "May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his loving brotherhood and his innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time." Malik B, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was added to The Roots in the Nineties, joining founding members Questlove and Black Thought. During his tenure, The Roots released four albums: Organix, Do You Want More?!!!??!, Illadelph Halflife and Things Fall Apart. The album Unpredictable, the result of a collaboration with Mr Green, followed in 2015.
Malik B was also featured on The Roots albums Game Theory (2006) and Rising Down (2008). Malik B, a founding member of The Roots and a celebrated Philadelphia emcee, has died at the age of 47. His death was initially reported Wednesday on Twitter by his cousin Don Champion and later confirmed by the Roots themselves. "We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset," the Roots wrote in a statement via Twitter. "May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time.
In a moving Instagram statement, Roots rapper Black Thought wrote, "We made a name and carved a lane together where there was none. Thank you Malik B pic.twitter.com/CXe26RljUF — AFROPUNK (@afropunk) July 29, 2020 Rest in Peace to Malik B of The Roots. Rapper Malik B has died at the age of 47. The star, whose real name was Malik Abdul Baset, was a member of group The Roots. The band confirmed his tragic death in an Instagram statement, writing: "It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset.
Blueprint posted: "Rest in Peace to Malik B of The Roots. "Malik B made one of the best roots songs ever with "The Spark". Another posted: "Wow troubled to hear the passing of one of my favorite MCs, Malik B from the Roots. One of the first visible members of the ummah in hip hop for me Rest In Peace." Malik B., a founding member of The Roots, has died at the age of 47. Malik B.'s cause of death has not been made public. Malik B., a native of Philadelphia, left The Roots in 1999. A statement on The Roots' official Instagram page read, "It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit. May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, His loving brotherhood and His innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time. Malik B.'s death was confirmed in a tweet from his collaborator Mr. Green who tweeted on July 29, "rip to the great Malik B, this one hurts." Malik B. and Mr. Green collaborated on the 2015 album, Unpredictable. Malik B (of The Roots) & Kevin Brown – Live from the StreetsLike This? Finally, we got Malik B from the Roots to spit a verse on the beat. This is a special song because it's the first time Malik B has ever been in a solo music video. To download the track for free, click this link: Mr. Green featuring Malik B, Kevin Brown & Sunwun "Live in the Streets" CREDITS: Created/Produced by: Mr. Green & Sam Lipman-Stern Original Song by: Kevin Brown Lyrics by: Malik B Beats by: Mr. Green Directed by: Sam Lipman-Stern Cinematography by: Hiram Stelzig Shot by: Hiram Stelzig, Sam Lipman-Stern & Tony Xie Logo/Graphic Design by Juart Little ** Subscribe to Noisey on YouTube to stay updated on our daily releases: Videos, daily editorial and more: Like Noisey on Facebook: Follow Noisey on Twitter: Read our tumblr: 2012-10-04T15:00:22Z Rapper Jakk Frost said in a Facebook post that Malik B. Prior to the release of Unpredictable, Hip-Hop DX noted that Malik B. Another Philadelphia rapper Reef the Lost Cauze tweeted about Malik B.'s passing, "Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Malik B, one of the greatest MC's to ever come from this city. Malik B.'s former bandmate Black Thought wrote a lengthy tribute to the late rapper in an Instagram post that read in part, "Your steel sharpened my steel as I watched you create cadences from the ether and set them free into the universe to become poetic law, making the English language your bitch." Malik B.'s reason for leaving The Roots has not been confirmed. According to the Genius.com page for The Roots song "Water," the track makes reference to Malik B. Writer Aaron Ellis wrote about Malik B.'s departure from The Roots in May 2012 in response to a question on Quora. Released 2 Solo Albums Malik B and Mr Green 'Devil' Official Video by Kevin Lopez 2015-03-17T23:31:26Z Following his departure from The Roots, Malik B. released two solo albums, the first in 2006 was titled Psychological. A review on Rap Review of Unpredictable remarks on Malik B sounding "rabid" at time as using the album to share "some passionate grievances of his." The review also said that "[Malik B.'s] presence feels completely natural" and "less excessive" than other rappers. Thanks to his work with The Roots, Malik B. Malik B and Mr. Green "Definition" Music VideoFrom the album "Unpredictable" coming soon… Shot by Mr. Green Edited by Dru Brown 2014-04-10T16:00:16Z He describes himself on that page as "a hip-hop artist who was a member of The Roots from the early 1990s to their 2000-2001 tour." Malik B. said in a 2015 interview with Arena about his song, "We Gonna Make it," which was viewed as a response to The Roots song "Water," "I'm a survivor, by any means. said that his song was "not particularly" inspired by "Water." He went on to say that at the time of the writing of his song he was living in a "transitional house." Malik B. Rapper Malik B, the founding member of The Roots, has died. His cousin Don Champion confirmed the news on Wednesday via Twitter, though no cause of death was given. Malik, born Malik Abdul Basit, is considered a Philly legend for his hip-hop origins in the 90s as part of The Roots — originally known as Square Roots — alongside Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter. Although he was with the crew for their first four albums — Organix, Do You Want More?!!!??!, Illadelph Halflife and Things Fall Apart — he departed in 1999 to pursue a solo career. But he wouldn't stay away forever, he returned to the group as a featured artist on two studio albums including 2006's Game Theory and Rising Down two years later. Although the latest incarnation of the group performs as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Malik was never part of that collective. Rapper Blueprint remembered Malik on social media with posts about his favorite songs. "Rest in Peace to Malik B of The Roots," he said.