Profile: Malik B. (1972-2020)

Malik Abdul Basit who performed under the name 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. He 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.

Career

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 B 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, along with the rest of the Roots, was featured on MC Solaar’s 1994 album Prose Combat.

Malik B’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.

Death

Basit died on July 29, 2020 at the age of 47. His cause of death is yet to be released.

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