Rapper Malik B, a longtime member of The Roots, has died for 47 years.
The band announced the news on Wednesday on Instagram’s post.
“With a heavy heart and keen eyes, we regret to inform you about the graduation of our beloved brother and longtime Roots member Malik Abdul Basset,” the group wrote.
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“Let him be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his loving brotherhood and his innovation as one of the most talented MCs of all time.”;
The cause of death was not immediately reported.
Malik B, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was added to The Roots in the 1990s and joined founding members of Questlove and Black Thought.
During his career, The Roots released four albums: Organix, do you want more? !!! ?? !!, Illadelph Halflife and Things fell apart (which received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album).
Malik B left the group in 1999 to pursue an independent career.
He released an album Street Assault in 2005 and the EP entitled Psychological EP in 2006.
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) a It’s going down (2008).
Many shared honors with Malik B after news of his death broke out on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of his work and heritage.