Malik B., founding member of The Roots, dead at 47

“We regretfully notify you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit,” the statement read through. “May well he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as 1 of the most gifted MCs of all time. We talk to that you you should regard his family in our time of mourning.”

A publicist for the group confirmed the news.

No lead to of loss of life was released.

Basit, who performed beneath the name Malik B., was aspect of the Philadelphia-dependent group from its early beginnings to about 1999, when he departed amid group tensions comprehensive in the music “H2o” from The Roots album “Phrenology.” Composed by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, the observe speaks to Basit’s struggles with addiction.

Basit went on to produce solo product and, a number of many years right after his departure, also appeared on various tracks on Roots albums.

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