- Malik Abdul Basit, known as Malik B., died Thursday at the age of 47.
- Basit was a founding member of the legendary hip-hop group The Roots from Philadelphia.
- “I can remember him for his commitment to Islam and innovation as one of the most talented MCs of all time,” said The Roots’ Twitter account.
- The cause of death was not released.
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Malik Abdul Basit, the rapper best known for his work with the legendary hip-hop group The Roots, died Thursday at the age of 47.
Philadelphia-born Basit, best known as Malik B, appeared on The Roots̵7; first four albums before leaving the band in 1999. He released two albums as a solo artist.
“We regret to inform you about the graduation of our beloved brother and longtime Roots member Malik Abdul Basit,” The Roots posted on Twitter. “I can remember him for his commitment to Islam and innovation as one of the most talented MCs of all time.”
“We created a name and cut out the lane together,” Roots MC Tariq MP “Black Thought” Trotter published in honor of Instagram. “We resurrected the city from the ashes, laid it on its back, and named it Philadelphia.”
“The world has just lost the real thing,” he added.
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