Longtime The Roots member Malik B has passed away at the age of 47.
The group announced the news on Wednesday in an Instagram post.
“It is with a heavy heart and tears in our eyes that we regret to inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and longtime Roots member, Malik Abdul Baset,” the group wrote.
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“May he be remembered for his dedication to Islam, his loving brotherhood, and his innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time.”
A cause of death was not immediately announced.
Malik B, originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Was added to The Roots in the ’90s, joining founding members Questlove and Black Thought.
During his tenure, The Roots released four albums: Organix, do you want more? !!! ??!, Illadelph Halflife and Things are falling apart (which won a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album).
Malik B left the group in 1999 to pursue a solo career.
The fate of the album Street assault in 2005, and an EP titled Psychological EP in 2006.
L’album Unpredictable, fruit of a collaboration with Mr Green, followed in 2015.
Malik B has also been featured on The Roots albums Game theory (2006) and Rising Down (2008).
Numerous social media paid tribute to Malik B after news of his death was announced on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of his work and legacy.