Malik B, Founding Member of The Roots, Has Died at 47

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LOS ANGELES—Malik B, a rapper and founding member of The Roots, has died. He was 47.

The group introduced the dying of the Philadelphia-born emcee in a social media publish Wednesday. The reason for demise was not released.

Malik B, whose actual identify is Malik Abdul Basit, was a serious contributor to the group, which includes Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. He appeared on 4 albums before departing the group in 1999. The group gained its first Grammy the following yr.

The Roots, who additionally perform as the house band on the Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” paid homage to Malik B for his rap skills and faith.

“We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit,” the group stated on Twitter. “Might he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as one of the gifted MCs of all time. We ask that you simply please respect his family in our time of mourning.”

Malik B returned as a featured guest on the group’s 2006 album “Recreation Principle” and “Rising Down” in 2008. As a solo artist, he released two studio albums named “Road Assault” and “Unpredictable.”

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