Malik B., a rapper who had been a longtime member of Roots from their estates, died. The group confirmed the death of the rapper Perekotypole, although no cause of death or other details were given.
“With heavy hearts and tearful eyes, we regret to announce the passing of our beloved brother and longtime member of the Root Malik Abdul Basit,” the Korintseva Film and Black Thought said in a statement. “May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his loving brotherhood and his innovation as one of the most gifted MS of all time. We ask you to respectfully respect his family and large family in our time mourning such a great loss. “
Black Thought added on Instagram: “We made a name and cut a strip together where it didn’t exist. We [resurrected] city of ashes, put him on our backs and called him Illadelf. In friendly competition with you from day one, I always felt as if I possessed only a part of your true gift and potential. Your steel sharpened my steel as I watched you create cadences from the air and release them into the universe to become a poetic law, making English your bitch. I always wanted to change you, to somehow improve my worldview and make you see that there were many more options than the streets, just to understand that you and the streets were one… and there was no way to separate a person from his true self. My favorite brother is M-Ilitant. I can only hope it made you as proud as you made me. The world has simply lost its present. May Allah forgive you, forgive your sins and grant you the highest level of paradise.
Born in Mali, Philadelphia, the Committee contacted Square Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson in the early 1990s and fellow MC Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, who befriended Basit while the two were students at Millersville University. .
Changing their name to Roots, the band released their 1993 album Organization, followed by the label’s main debut in 1995 Do you want more !!! ??!, with Malik B. and the Black Thought broke poems on almost every track.
Basite also appeared in the 1996s Illadelf Hemisphere and the 1999s Things fall apart before he left the Roots; About the roots of “Water” of 2002 Phrenology, their first album without Basit, Black Thought tells in detail about how he and Malik B. musically got together, as well as studying drug problems, which eventually led to Basit’s departure from the group.
Although Malik B. left Roots at the turn of the millennium, the rapper continued to perform on the band’s albums, including the title until 2006. Game theory and Climb down“I can’t help” and “Lost Desire” in 2008, his last two guest places with “Roots”.
Two decades after leaving Roots, Basitt periodically returned to music, first with the 2005 Street Assault mixtape and his unpredictable collaboration in 2015 with producer Mr. Green.
Philadelphia rapper Reef Lost Cause tweeted Wednesday: “Feeling scared about the move of Malik B, one of the biggest MS ever to come from this city. He was in trouble for sure, but the dude inspired a whole generation of us to touch the microphone. I’m on my own “Let him rest in peace.”