Malik Abdul Basit, a rapper, singer and founding member of The Roots, has died, according to a statement posted on the group’s verified Twitter account. He was 47.
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It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit. May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, His loving brotherhood and his innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time. We ask that you please respect his family and extended family in our time of mourning such a great loss.
Cause of Death.
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The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Unheard Voices Magazine wrote
Malik Abdul Basit, a rapper, singer, and one of the founding members of The Roots also known as Malik B., has died. He was 47.
“We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots… https://instagram.com/p/CDPqfr1FgAj/?igshid=1u9nf9prq5ntc
Mic Check Media wrote
REST IN PEACE: Malik B., a Philadelphia-born rapper and founding member of The Roots, has died at the age of 47. The musician, whose real name is Malik Abdul Basit, was a major contributor… h
Mike Castillo wrote
Ughhhh, now this is one that actually sucks. The Roots brought me so much joy with their music. Best concerts I have ever had the pleasure of attending. Always a great vibe.
Katy Quinn wrote
May his memory be a blessing. Saw The Roots at ACL Music Festival. They were the only band playing during a huge deluge.
Rahel Araya wrote
RIP and condolonces to the Roots members and his family. The Roots are hip hop legends and one of my favorite groups to listen too.
Corey Sullivan wrote
One of my favorite bands, saw them live in Hawaii around 2005, great show. The show started at 11pm and they played until like 2am. The next day at work was rough but it was worth it. RIP
Tristan C Kasalu wrote
“dancing on the dance floor girl it’s you that i adore step on stage and scream for more all I see p&@$¥ galore snap my fingers make you mine after that i gurante you will be standing next to me” if you know you know