2020 is continuing to be a very savage year. The year has put the hip hop community in mourning yet again and this time it is over the death of Malik B, a founding member of the rap group The Roots.
The announcement was made on the band’s Instagram that Malik passed away at the age of 47.
“It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset,” the group wrote.
“May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his loving brotherhood and his innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time.”
Malik B, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was added to The Roots in the Nineties, joining founding members Questlove and Black Thought.
He left the band in 1999 to pursue a solo career.
He released the album Street Assault in 2005, and an EP titled Psychological EP in 2006.
The album Unpredictable, the result of a collaboration with Mr Green, followed in 2015.
A cause of death has not been released to the public.