A former member of the band The Roots, Malik Abdul Basit, has died, said a CNN report.

He was 47.

Basit, more popularly known as Malik B., was also a rapper, singer, and founding member of The Roots.

In a statement posted on the group’s Twitter account, they said:

Further, a publicist for the group confirmed the news.

However, the report did not release the cause of death.

Basit’s The Roots Origin Story

The Roots

The Roots’ original lineup includes Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (MC) and Amir “Questlove” Thompson (drums), this according to their website.

They were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.

When they began to play at school and the streets, they included Josh “The Rubberband” Abrams (bassist).

After this, they added Basit (another MC) and Leonard Nelson “Hub” Hubbard (bass) and Scott Storch (keyboards).

Basit was born on November 14, 1972. 

He appeared on the first four albums released by The Roots, this is before departing the group.

Though, he returned as a featured artist for some later albums.

He released one EP, entitled Psychological, on emcee Haak Blast’s publishing company Future Blast Publishing.

Also, he released two studio albums, Street Assault (2005) and Unpredictable (2015) with Mr. Green.

He departed amid group tensions detailed in the song “Water” from The Roots album “Phrenology,” said the report.

Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter wrote the song. 

The track speaks to Basit’s struggles with addiction.

About this time, Basit went on to produce solo material several years after his departure.

His bandmates are the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The Roots’ Questlove also serves as the show’s Musical Director.


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