“We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit,” The Roots posted on their Twitter account earlier this afternoon. “We ask that you please respect his family in our time of mourning.”
A rapper and founding member of “The Roots” (known for their role as the house band on the Jimmy Fallon Show), Malik Abdul Basit was seen as innovative – “one of the most gifted MCs of all time.” Philadelphia’s “Reef The Lost Cauze” joins in with: “[the] dude inspired a whole generation of us to touch the mic. Myself included.”
In what way has Malik B. inspired you to “pick up a mic?”
Malik was 47 when he passed. A cause of death has not been announced.
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