Malik B, founding member of The Roots, has died at 47
Created : 30 July 2020
This image provided by @mpozitolbertphotography shows Malik B in studio.
Malik B, a rapper and founding member of The Roots, has died. He was 47.
The group announced the death of the Philadelphia-born emcee in a social media post on Wednesday.
The cause of death was not released.
Malik B, whose real name is Malik Abdul Basit, was a major contributor to the group, which includes Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.
He appeared on four albums before departing the group in 1999. The group won its first Grammy the following year.
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 and innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time. We ask that you please respect his family in our time of mourning pic.twitter.com/NVHtb2CFWP