Malik B Death – Dead: Malik Basit Obituary, Cause of Death
Malik Abdul Basit was an American rapper and singer who was a founding member of The Roots. He appeared on the first four albums released by The Roots, before departing the group. He returned as a featured artist for some later albums. He released one EP, entitled Psychological, on emcee Haak Blast’s publishing company Future Blast Publishing. He also released two studio albums, Street Assault (2005) and Unpredictable (2015) with Mr. Green.
On The Roots’ album Phrenology, Black Thought dedicated a song to Malik B entitled “Water”. The song details how Thought and Malik B met one another and eventually became essential in the development of the Roots.
On The Roots’ seventh studio album, Game Theory, released in August 2006, Malik B returned to the group, appearing on three tracks, including the title “Game Theory” (track 3, listed as 116 on North American releases), “In The Music” (track 5, listed as 118 on North American releases), and “Here I Come” (track 8, listed as 121 on North American releases). The nature of his relationship with the group was indicated by the fact that his tracks were billed as “featuring Malik B”. In the liner notes, The Roots thanked Malik B, adding the statement: “Welcome Home”. Malik B is also featured on two of the tracks on The Roots’ 2008 album Rising Down, “I Can’t Help It” and “Lost Desire”.
Malik B was featured on MC Solaar’s 1994 album Prose Combat in a duet with the French/Senegalese rapper.
Malik B’s recent work includes a collaboration album with New York-based producer Mr. Green and being a featured member of the Philadelphia rap collective Beard Gang which includes fellow Philadelphia artist Freeway.
Malik B died on July 29, 2020. His death was first reported on Twitter by his cousin Don Champion. Details surrounding his death were not disclosed.