Malik B Bio – Wiki
Malik B 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. Malik 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.
Malik was born on November 14, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His birth name was Malik Abdul Basit,
Malik B., a founding member of The Roots, has died at the age of 47. Malik’s cause of death has not been made public.
On The Roots’ album Phrenology, Black Thought dedicated a song to Malik Abdul Basit entitled “Water”. The song details how Thought and Malik 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 as 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 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’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
Malik died on July 29, 2020. His death was first reported on Twitter by his cousin Don Champion. Details surrounding his death were not disclosed.
Malik Abdul Basit.’s death was confirmed in a tweet from his collaborator Mr Green who tweeted on July 29, “rip to the great Malik, this one hurts.” Malik and Mr Green collaborated on the 2015 album, Unpredictable.
Rapper Jakk Frost said in a Facebook post that Malik Abdul Basit had “lived a rough life battling addiction.” Frost added, “Ask Allah to forgive his sins and give him a comfortable grave amen.” Frost said that he and Malik B. were both Muslims and that the prayed together. Prior to the release of Unpredictable, Hip-Hop DX noted that Malik B. had performed with the group The Beard Gang alongside Frost and fellow Philadelphia rapper Freeway.