Malik Abdul Basit, the rapper most popular for his work with amazing hip-jump bunch The Roots, kicked the bucket Thursday at 47 years old.
Basit, a Philadelphia local most popular as Malik B, showed up on The Roots’ initial four collections, before leaving the gathering in 1999. He discharged two collections as an independent craftsman.
“We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit,” The Roots posted on Twitter. “May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time.”
“We made a name and carved a lane together,” fellow Roots MC Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter posted in a tribute on Instagram. “We resurrected a city from the ashes, put it on our backs and called it Illadelph.”