Rapper Malik B has died on the age of 47.
The star, whose actual title was Malik Abdul Baset, was a member of group The Roots.
The band confirmed his tragic loss of life in an Instagram assertion, writing: “It’s with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and very long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset.
“Might he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his loving brotherhood and his innovation as some of the gifted MCs of all time.
“We ask that you just please respect his household and prolonged household in our time of mourning such an excellent loss.”
The rapper’s cousin, Don B, additionally paid tribute on Twitter.
He wrote: “Mourning my beloved cousin at present.
“He was so proficient and had an enormous coronary heart. I nonetheless keep in mind when he and The Roots have been beginning out. He’d give me and my dad their cassette tapes to take heed to. I miss you already, Malik.”
Malik’s reason behind loss of life has not but been launched.
The rapper and singer was thought of a legend in Philadelphia, and was a founding member of The Roots, who shaped in 1987.
He stayed with the group, which additionally starred Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter, for 4 albums earlier than departing in 1999.
He went on to pursue a solo profession after that, however later reunited along with his group as a featured artist on a few of their later albums.
A number of rappers took to social media to pay tribute following the unhappy information of his loss of life.
Blueprint posted: “Relaxation in Peace to Malik B of The Roots.
“Step into The Realm’ from Issues Fall Aside was all the time one in every of my favourite performances from him.
“Another basic verse from Malik B from “Distortion to Static.” “Now go get your dictionary and your dictionary…” RIP”
His devastated followers additionally took to Twitter to pay tribute.
One posted: “Wow RIP Malik B. Thanks on your contributions to the style and music that so many people love.”
“Malik B made top-of-the-line roots songs ever with “The Spark”. Relaxation In Peace,” wrote one other.
Whereas a 3rd tweeted: “Rattling. Relaxation in Energy Malik B.”
One other posted: “Wow troubled to listen to the passing of one in every of my favourite MCs, Malik B from the Roots. One of many first seen members of the ummah in hip hop for me Relaxation In Peace.”