Tragic news has reached us that Malik Abdul Basit, who performed under the name Malik B, has passed away. He was just forty-seven years old.
Rapper and singer Malik B has passed away aged forty-seven.
Malik was a true pioneer of hip hop.
The band started performing together in '87, while they attended Millersville University in Lancaster.
However, in 1992, the band made a slight adjustment to their name.
To launch their career, the band moved over the pond to London.Before releasing their debut album, Organix the following year.
But Malik's breakthrough into fame didn't come until '95.
But, at the turn of the millennium, big changes were ahead for the band.
This must have been devastating for the band at the time.
But, even after Malik had left the band...
His final ever contributions to The Roots came in 2008.
During his time out of the band, Malik embarked on a solo career.
He went on to release music as recently as 2015...
The band announced the news on Wednesday in an Instagram post.
The statement continued:
Tributes came pouring in from family, friends, and fans.
His cousin remembered him as "so talented and had a huge heart."
Mourning my beloved cousin today. He was so talented and had a huge heart. I still remember when he and The Roots w… https://t.co/l2Oz7nd9WQ— Don Champion (@Don Champion)1596042133.0
This is such a loss to the hip hop community.
Tributes have been highlighting the significance of his contribution to hip hop and his legacy.
The Roots have one of the best discographies in hip hop. Malik B was a significant part of that, contributing incre… https://t.co/5cz4JRTcgO— King Wow (@King Wow)1596051399.0
The Hip Hip world has been left truly heartbroken.
"Dude inspired a whole generation of us to touch the mic."
Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Malik B, one of the greatest MC's to ever come from this city. He had his tro… https://t.co/rcvpYzHAbY— Reef The Lost Cauze (@Reef The Lost Cauze)1596043354.0
This is such devasting news.
At the time of writing, his cause of death has not been announced.
Damn, Malik B passed?? Ugh. I don’t even know what to say yet, The Roots really raised me, this one hurts.— Kibbutzy Collins (@Kibbutzy Collins)1596048394.0
Rest in Peace, Malik.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Keep on reading to learn about the tragic deaths that this year has brought upon us…
So word got to ear today from my sis Porsh that #MalikB passed away and my first initial reaction was “nah…can’t be… https://t.co/YRwMDh5DV3— Kil (@Kil)1596060713.0