“We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and very long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit,” the assertion learn. “Might he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as one of the vital gifted MCs of all time. We ask that you just please respect his household in our time of mourning.”
A publicist for the group confirmed the information.
No reason for loss of life was launched.
Basit, who carried out underneath the title Malik B., was a part of the Philadelphia-based group from its early beginnings to about 1999, when he departed amid group tensions detailed within the track “Water” from The Roots album “Phrenology.” Written by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, the observe speaks to Basit’s struggles with dependancy.
Basit went on to provide solo materials and, a number of years after his departure, additionally appeared on a number of tracks on Roots albums.