Malik B., a rapper who had been a longtime member of the Roots since their formative years, died. The group confirmed the rapper’s death Rolling Stone, however, no causes of death or other details were provided.
“With a heavy heart and calm eyes, we regret informing you how our beloved brother and longtime Roots member Malik Abdul Basit has gone through,” said Roots’ Questlove and Black Thought. “Let him be remembered for their devotion to Islam, a loving brotherhood and innovation as one of the most talented MCs of all time.” We ask you to respect his family and extended family in our time of mourning. “
On the Instagram website, Black Thought added: “We created a name and cut a lane where there was nothing. we [resurrected] city from the ashes, place it on its back and call it Philadelphia. In a friendly competition with you from day one, I always felt like I owned only a fraction of your real gift and potential. Your steel sharpened my steel as I watched you create cadences from the ether and release them in the universe to become the poetic law, making the English language a bitch. I’ve always wanted to change you, somehow rework your outlook, and make you see that there are many more options than on the streets, just to realize that you and the streets are one … and there’s no way to separate a person from his real life. I, my beloved brother M-ilitant. I can only hope I made you as proud as you did me. The world has just lost the real thing. May Allah forgive you, forgive you your sins, and give you the highest paradise. “
MC was born Malik Basit in the native Roots of Philadelphia and in the early 1990s teamed up with Square Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and fellow MC Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, who befriended Basit while the two were students at Millersville. University.
After changing the name to Roots, the band released their 1993 album Organix, followed by their debut major debut, 1995 Do you want more? !!! ??!, with Malik B. and Black Thought divided the verses on almost every track.
Bassit also appeared in 1996 Illadelph Halflife and 1999 Things fell apart before leaving the roots; On the root “water” of 2002 Phrenology, their first album without bass, Black Thought describes in detail how they musically teamed up with Malik B., and also examines the drug problems that eventually led to the departure of the bass. “Dumbin, just hug the drug like a woman,” Black Thought said on the track. “You burn both sides of the rope and just pull / Tuggin between Islam and the direct robber.”
Although Malik B. left Roots at the turn of the millennium, the rapper continued to guest on the band’s albums, including the title track until 2006. Game theory and It’s going down“I Can’t Help You” and “Lost Desire” in 2008, his last two guest spots with Roots.
In the two decades following his departure from Roots, Basit occasionally returned to music, first with the 2005 Mixape Street Assault and his unpredictable collaboration with producer Green in 2015.
The Philadelphia Raptor Reef the Lost Cauze tweeted Wednesday: “Heartbroken heard about the passage of Malik B, one of the biggest MCs to ever come from this city. He must have had his problems, but dude, he inspired a whole generation to touch the microphone. Including me. He can rest peacefully. “