Rapper Malik B, a longtime member of The Roots, has died at the age of 47.
The band announced the news on Wednesday on an Instagram post.
“It is with a heavy heart and teary eyes that we sadly inform you of the passage of our beloved brother and Root member Malik Abdul Baset,” the group wrote.
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“He can be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his brotherhood of love and his innovation as one of the most talented MCs of all time.”
Cause of death was not announced immediately.
Malik B, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was added to The Roots in the 1990s, and joined the founding members of Questlove and Black Thought.
During his tenure, The Roots has released four albums: Organix, Want More? !!! ??!, Illadelph Halflife u Things fall apart (which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album).
Malik B left the band in 1999 to pursue a solo career.
He released the album Street Assault in 2005, and an EP entitled Psychological PE in 2006.
The album Predicted, the result of a collaboration with Mr Green, followed in 2015.
Malik B also appeared on The Roots album Game Theory (2006) u Rising Down (2008).
Many on social media shared a greeting to Malik B after the news of his death spread on Tuesday, highlighting the significance of his work and legacy.